Since 2001, the Stay Alive Program has been taught in nine different African countries to over a million and a half African children and their families. Within Kenya alone, over 350,000 children and their families have been taught using the program within schools, community organizations, religious organizations and individual familes.

Stay Alive in Ghana

Mr. Martin Obeng reports:
"This Feburary I will be moving to the Volivo circuit after a lengthy meeting in Dodowa.This circuit has seen the rise in teenage pregrancy. I was able to make the Dangme District also fix social club meetings on their time tables to be used to teach the Stay Alive lessons. Most of the teachers wanted to teach it as extra curriculum but I insisted it is a co-curriculum. They are really appreciative. At our last training, a headteacher was once a teacher who taught the program. I still do the training on school basis. It is very effective and afford the teachers to open up.  Most of the clubs in LEKMA are functioning well with regular attendance."

Stay Alive to begin in Namibia

Recently, Mr. Richard Ngunda of the Lift Foundation, was trained by the RTC Stay Alive Master Trainer for west Africa, Mr. Martin Obeng.  Mr. Ngunda will be taking the Stay Alive program to two disadvantaged rural schools with nearly 1,400 students.

Working for the "Stay Alive" program from BOTH sides of the planet!

On a recent trip to west Africa, Gaye Brown (Director of Implementation for Stay Alive) and Martin Obeng (Director of Stay Alive in Ghana and Master Trainer for west Africa) met in Accra to discuss what is currently happening with the program in both the USA as well as Africa.  Even though the US economy has slowed the amount of money being donated to RTC to help sustain the program in Africa, Stay Alive is still moving forward in a positive way due to the dedication of many wonderful African teachers, workers and administrators who have a heart for saving their children from the ravages of HIV/AIDS.    Teachers continue to teach the program to eager students who can envision themselves living a long, loving life AIDS free!  Mrs. Brown and Mr. Obeng again renewed their commitment to do all in their power to continue the program so that more children and their families will be blessed to know and understand the importance of the choices they make now and the impact it will have on African families in the future.

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A Stay Alive Success Story

Belinda Donkor is a girl aged ten years. Her parents could not make ends meet. She resolved to disobedience and staying out of home most of the time among the area girls with bad character. Her academic performance also took a downward dive. This became a worry to the parents and a report was made to Millicent (Stay Alive Evaluator). She took special interest in her. She was transferred to the school where Millicent was teaching. Due to her poor academic performance, she repeated her class. She currently attends church with Millicent. She is currently going through the Stay Alive program at church. She had earlier gone through in school but says she understood it better at church.
Her counsel to her peers is to "be obedient and go through the Stay Alive program. It has a lot to offer we the children for our future development. The PLEDGES help us to stay on track if we are going astray. God bless those who brought this program to us. The program is full lessons that will help them to make good choices."

FROM THE FIELD- A student Intern report from Uganda

Please don’t EVER make me come home I love Uganda ! The weather right now feels EXACTLY like Texas during the summers—very humid (maybe even a little bit more), very hot around the middle of the day.
This week I met the Reach the Children staff and now come in to the office every day.  RTC finds representatives from communities & villages—both parents and respected leaders—and trains them to be “torchbearers” and “parentheads” who teach the Stay Alive curriculum in schools and mobilize communities. It’s a huge network—RTC works with numerous districts, which each have several sub-counties. Each sub-county is comprised of parishes. Each parish contains about 8 villages. And there can be anywhere from 5-20 schools per village. So quite a large distance to cover. RTC also works with local agricultural, health and government officials. The programs RTC implements can be summarized into 4 major groups: Microfinance/Development, Childcare/Orphan support, Humanitarian/Volunteer Expeditions, and Health Programs which cover HIV, Malaria, TB & Sanitation. They have a program manager over each of those programs with several project officers assigned to each which handle things from accounts to monitoring/evaluation to expeditions and community development. While I was only focusing on RTC’s Stay Alive program, I’ve quickly learned that everything is interconnected.

First they begin teaching the HIV prevention lessons in school and identify vulnerable children—either because they are orphaned, disabled (physically or mentally), or nutritionally compromised. Rescue missions come first—providing some food, seeds and humanitarian aid. Then RTC starts in on educating communities about children’s rights (to education especially), more efficient farming practices, microfinance, maturation sensitivity in regards to girls attending schools, etc. They have their hand in everything. RTC teaches/trains the torchbearers who then implement all these programs in their communities.

Jane Eyre- BYU Student Intern/May 2010


Written by Wendy W. Sheffield, Administered and Implemented by Reach The Children, Inc. 
(This program was originally founded by United Families International)

The primary aims of the program are to:

- Teach children and youth the skills and abilities (including consequential thinking skills, responsible decision-making skills, and the skills needed to withstand negative influences) that will empower and enable them to remain HIV/AIDS disease-free.

- Build and strengthen families (especially family communication regarding values, healthy relationships and appropriate sexual behavior).

- Help children and their families recognize and appreciate the critical role that abstinence and fidelity play in HIV/AIDS prevention.

-Engender hope, individual worth and empowerment within African children

An independent program outcome evaluation was conducted over a 2½-year time period (2003-2006), examining 957 children, ages 9-14, in 51 different schools representing a diverse range of social economic status, gender, religions and geographic settings (i.e. rural versus urban) in Kenya who had all been taught the first module (8 lessons) of the Stay Alive program. 

Research demonstrates that the Stay Alive program significantly curtails the spread of HIV/AIDS in the schools and communities in which it is taught. In one school the incidence of HIV/AIDS decreased 100%. Throughout the Kenya schools, the incidence of HIV/AIDS decreased 86% in the areas the Stay Alive program was implemented.

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See more about the Stay Alive program at

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P.O. Box 1208
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585-223-5477 fax

Gaye Brown
Director of Implementation in Africa

World Health Organization Conference November 2009

Mr. Martin Obeng, Stay Alive Director in Ghana and Master Trainer for west Africa, was invited to be a Presenter at the World Health Organization conference on AIDS in Geneva, Switzerland.

Stay Alive Students holding up their manuals

A Stay Alive message from a 14 year old student

One Man's Valiant Effort to Save the Children of Liberia

Mr. John Tarr, a native Liberian, has experienced the ravages of civil war in his country and the resulting economic downturn, along with witnessing the rise in HIV/AIDS to 1.8% of the general population. As an educator, Mr. Tarr has a personal belief in helping young people "fight for their lives" to stay HIV/AIDS free. He has been the key player in bringing the Stay Alive:HIV/AIDS Prevention Program to the children of Liberia.

Mr. Nelson Kalyango in Uganda

Mr.Kalyango is the Headmaster at a school in rural Uganda where the Stay Alive Program has been taught. He and his wife also care for several AIDS orphans.

"Mr. Kalyango is one of the most kind, hardworking, courageous people I met while in Uganda. You would never know it by seeing this photograph, but his legs are completely useless and he uses a humble wheel chair or drags his body around with his strong arms. He has overcome tremendous, seemingly insurmountable obstacles to educate himself and start this school. Because he understands the challenges associated with physical disabilities, the school he started takes in many who also have disabilities. The children were loving and helpful to one another. The light you see in Mr. Kalyango's face is shared with all his students. He is a true hero."  Tricia

"Stay Alive" students in Kenya


Ms. Jane Eyre to Intern in Uganda

Jane is a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She is a member of BYU Students for International Development and the BYU Public Health Association. She loves jogging, bike-riding, night-skiing, and hiking. Each summer, she works across the southwest as a national mascot director for the Universal Cheerleaders Association teaching High School teenagers the fine art of being a team mascot. Jane loves to connect with others through service. Her educational goals are to graduate from BYU with a BS in Health Science and a minor in International Development. After that, she plans to attend graduate school for a Masters Degree in International Public Health, focusing on gender inequalities and social determinants of health.  Her Intership will be supervised by Ms. Madinah Kakyaama and Mr. Sam Kizito, Reach The Children Uganda employees.  She will spend 3 months in 2010 assisting with duties related to the Stay Alive program throughout Uganda.

Former Student Intern in Ghana

Craig Dennis Boyle from Provo, Utah spent three months in Ghana as an Intern for Reach The Children in 2008. His efforts were specifically directed toward assisting with the Stay Alive:HIV/AIDS prevention program. Craig is a graduate of Brigham Young University in the field of Social Work. When asked why he wanted to volunteer with Reach The Children, Craig said: "I want to make a difference in the world, not just in the local community that I reside in. In working with my university, I was able to find an organization that felt like a good match. Reach the Children felt like that match. I enjoy working with children and Reach the Children will gave me ample opportunity to do so. My personal goals for this internship in Ghana were to learn from those that I interacted with, learn a new culture and way of thinking, and to help as many people as humanly possible."

Stay Alive Song Competition in western Kenya

Stay Alive Song Competition in western Kenya