I have been with theatre groups in my HIV campaigns but not a life changing one like Theatre for a Change.
It gives participants the opportunity to change life situations not only for them but also those around them.
I'm happy that at least we have something that can help change people's behaviour towards this pandemic. I'm simply impressed.' Dora, An HIV Worker from Kenya training with TfaC
At first I use to think that if you have a boyfriend or befriend a male person who gives you things, you must sleep with the person but now I know that you can have a male as a friend and not necessarily go to bed with that person.
At first I didn't know much about HIV/AIDS and sex and when my brothers are having discussions (I am the only girl) I am not able to contribute. But now I can join in the conversation and they say my coming to meetings has helped me.
Going through this programme, I have seen that HIV is real and that if I don't change my own life, it can have an effect on me as well, so I think the programme has helped me a lot by having a behavioural change, like how to change my behaviour towards girls and the community.
Through Theatre for a Change, I have learnt to be assertive.
When I entered into this interactive theatre group, my life was different. I used to have guys. And when I entered into the group, I learnt that you don't always have to sleep with them, without condom, with a man you don't know - until you've been to test with that person to know his HIV status.
'I am convinced that your methodology is the best for the prevention of HIV'
Ame David, HIV Co-ordinator, Save the Children, West Africa.
We continue to hold Theatre for a Change as an organisation in high esteem. We very much share your vision and dream for dealing with HIV/AIDS in Ghana and will always be open to collaboration with you on other projects. Thank you.
Taaka Awori, Country Director
We are impressed by the work of Patrick Young and his associates in Theatre for a Change and want to continue offering support where we can to them.
John Payne, Director
British Council, Ghana
This is to confirm that The Guardian and Observer newspapers are supporting the work of Theatre for a Change in developing Interactive Theatre in Ghana. We have worked with Patrick Young over the past five years and have always been impressed by his creativity and dedication to bringing about change through theatre. The Guardian/Observer will be supporting Patrick with resources, advice and publicity.
Jo Confino, Executive Editor
The Guardian Newspaper Ltd
We have found the strategies being used in the project very useful since it can be applied in other areas of our programmes. We therefore lend our support to Theatre for a Change in soliciting funds from your organisation to continue with the next phase of the project. Thank you.
Francis Yankey, Executive Director
Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana
WAAF largely employs the InterACT! technique to engage its target groups (especially young people) in actively examining the behaviour and attitudes that expose them to HIV infection. The responses from beneficiary groups in the implementation areas have been overwhelming. InterACT! has been a very useful intervention tool for WAAF. The organisation therefore recommends support for its second phase where the capacity of other young people can be build to be able to employ the technique in their communities.
Eddie Donton, Execitive Director
West Africa Aids Foundation
We would like to see the next two phases of this project executed. Our trainees are eager to be part of the project delivery and I hearby appeal to you to support the project in any possible way. Your support would save many lives in the end.
Charles Sakyi, Deputy Executive Director
Centre for the Development of People
We wholeheartedly support the introduction of phases 2 and 3 and hope that very soon they will be initiated so that much more experience could be gained in our fight against HIV/AIDS
Alhaji S. A. Wahab, Executive Director
Musilm Relief Association of Ghana
* We have testimonials from all 14 of our stakeholder organisations available on request
I am very happy working TfaC because each and every day I am learning new things, new ideas, tactics, concepts, skills and knowledge. I see TfaC as a place of self development. It provides opportunity for growth through exposure to new tasks. Some are challenging, but with the support and co-operation of the relationships with my other colleagues, I am able to do my best and also listen to feedback in a positive manner."
Interactive Theatre Officer
Theatre for a Change has really enlightened me on sexual and gender issues and more importantly, promoted positive behaviour changes in my life.
Being associated with the programme has made me more assertive and has equipped me with skills of saying yes or no when I mean it. I can also say it has made me less judgemental.
Prior to my joining TfaC, I didn't see my wife as my co-equal, but now I give her maximum support. This is due to the training that I recieved, and am still recieving from TfaC. To stress this point, I no longer take unilateral decisions on issues concerning the home."
"Behaviour and attitudinal change are crucial in the fight against HIV/AIDS. That is why the Interactive Theatre technique practised by TfaC could not have arrived in Ghana at a more opportune time.
InterACT! employs many useful strategies and activities that engage an individual in an active examination of the behaviours, attitudes and practices that expose them, and those around them, to HIV infection.
Being one of the trainees of the first phase of the programme, I think I have experienced enormous change in my life. My confidence level is high. My facilitation and assertive skills have been sharpened.
I will be sharing these experiences, skills and knowledge with other youth development activists form all over the world at the 3rd World Youth Congress in Scotland. I will be presenting a paper and also running a workshop on 'Using Interactive Theatre as an effective tool in HIV prevention'."
West Africa Aids Foundation