Rural Health Volunteers Laura Schwartz, Alexandra Goodyear, and Stephanie Oppenheiner initiated this project when they saw the illiterate local population being missed in other AIDS education campaigns. The project is modeled after a similar mural project in New York City.
The project was introduced to local government officials, medical staff, NGO representatives, and other related participants in Podor and Matam on November 15 and 17, 2000, respectively. Peace Corps Volunteers presented Goals and Objectives, Project Timeline, Materials Needed, and the list of Participating Villages. They also described the mural Painting Technique that was demonstrated at subsequent training meetings attended by those who implemented the project.
With enthusiastic support from the notables, the project was kicked off immediately after International AIDS Day on December 1st.
1. To understand the project, Samba and Demba, its objectives, and its execution.
2. To discover how the project, Samba and Demba, can help to coordinate various groups' efforts in the fight against AIDS.
1. To explain the role of Peace Corps in Senegal on the governmental and the community level.
2. To describe the execution of the project and present the images.
3. To discuss various ways groups may collaborate to ensure the success of the project.
Nov. 15, 2000 - Introductory Meeting in Podor
Nov. 17, 2000 - Introductory Meeting in Matam
Dec. 1, 2000 - International AIDS Day
Dec. 2-3, 2000 - Image Painting Training
Dec. 9, 2000 - Images 1 & 2 painted
Dec. 23, 2000 - Images 3 & 4 painted
Dec. 30, 2000 - End of Ramadan
Jan. 13, 2001 - Images 5 & 6 painted
Jan. 20, 2001 - Mid-Project Meeting
Jan. 27, 2001 - Images 7 & 8 painted
Feb. 10, 2001 - Images 10 & 11 painted
Feb. 24, 2001 - Images 12 & 13 painted
The 42 cm x 60 cm images are painted on village schools, health posts, and telecenters. The original drawings were grafted onto plastic grid screens. The screens were then attached to the walls where the images now appear. Using markers, the image was traced on the wall through the screen . When the screen was removed the outline remained, and the image was painted on the wall using the outline.
Two images were painted on schools, health posts, and telecenters in two week intervals in order to allow time to create interest and discussion in the villages.
screen 2m 1000 2000 lg paint can, white 1 1500 1500 sm paint cans, colored 5 600 3000 lg paint brush 1 650 650 sm paint brushes 3 400 1200 tape 1 500 500 black markers 3 600 1800 pencils 2 100 200 pencil sharpener 1 150 150 lg paint thinner 1 1500 1500 sm paint thinner 2 700 1400 Information Packet 1 650 650 plastic page protector 1 100 100 AIDS Information book 1 1700 1700
Total: 16,350 cfa
(approx. $24.00 US)