HIV and xenophobia drive stigma in South Africa, which divides South African communities. Following the xenophobic attacks in May of 2008, persecution of refugees and migrants is common. More than 6,000,000 people are infected with HIV. Low scientific literacy creates confusion about the disease, and results in isolation.
Project components include two children’s books and corresponding suite of materials to be used in the classroom—one titled Blooming Together related to xenophobia and one titled Growing Together related to HIV. Additional materials include a welcome guide for refugees with info about the asylum process and legal rights.