DREAMS Innovation Challenge
Lubuto was awarded a DREAMS Innovation Challenge grant in 2016 to support a two-year project using libraries as a platform to keep adolescent girls in secondary school and AIDS-free. Girls and young women account for 71% of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 1,000 new infections a day. In response to this, DREAMS was launched in 2014 to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
Lubuto’s DREAMS programs have seen meaningful results. In two years, 1,174 boys and girls graduated from mentoring programs, 180 peer mentors were trained to inspire others and give back to their communities and 13 HIV testing and counseling sessions resulted in an unprecedented 100% referral completion rate. Girls met with female parliamentarians, doctors and coders and learned that anything is possible for them.