SOCIOECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR HIV/AIDS YOUTH IN POOR COUNTRIES

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Community Concepts Inc in Waltham, Massachusetts seeks economic and social justice for youth living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) (YLWA) in developing countries. We seek to counter the stigmatization and discrimination of YLWA; to this end, we work and advocate for total socioeconomic inclusion of YLWA.

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A major characteristic of developing and struggling regions of the world is the high population of the youth. In these regions, the youth are a burden to their home communities, drawing upon already scarce resources. The youth in these communities are unemployed, poor, diseased, stressed, and without hope.


It is known that the youth everywhere hold the future of their communities. What future then do communities in developing, struggling countries hold if their youth are hopeless? At Community Concepts Inc, we set out for a mission to empower the youth in developing countries and give them hope. We seek to turn these youth from a community burden to an engine of development.

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A Medically Extended but Miserable Life of Youth Living With HIV in Africa

For about 30 years now, the international community has worked so hard to medically save lives of people afflicted with HIV/AIDS in Africa. However, a new problem has arisen: children born with HIV/AIDS. Their lives have been saved by antiretroviral medications, and they are now adults with a fresh set of socioeconomic challenges threatening their own survival.


They are thankful to be alive but are stigmatized at once and without hope. With their bodies scarred over a lengthy battle with the disease, most of the YLWA are distinguishable and easily identifiable.


Employers do not want to take them on (because it is thought that they will elicit workplace curiosity and possibly miss many work hours through secondary sickness). They have no friends/lovers (for their illnesses could be contagious), and their communities treat them disdainfully.


YLWA are stigmatized and ostracized. They are poor and dejected; they have no hope for happiness.


Whereas in the developed countries of the world, socio-psycho-economic needs of YLWA are variously addressed. This is not that case in developing countries.


The hope for these YLWA in poor countries is economic empowerment; economic progress and success will garner them social acceptability and recognition within their communities. Economic empowerment will bring YLWA happiness. At Community Concepts Inc, we aim to redeem YLWA. We believe and want to prove that living with AIDS/HIV is neither a handicap nor a life sentence.


We also wish to change the social perception in poor countries by debunking discrimination of YLWA as misconceived and ignorant. Our mission, in this respect, is part of our overall pursuit for socioeconomic justice for discriminated youth in poor countries of the world.


Without socioeconomic justice for YLWA, medical intervention would not have achieved the desired end. People that have chronic illnesses need medication to be able to live fulfilling lives. They need medication to live happy lives devoid of pain and stress. But to medically extend one's life only for it to be a life of misery is a negation of the hope of science.


In Africa, where the lives of YLWA have been medically prolonged, these extended lives are largely miserable. Socioeconomic justice is needed to give meaning to the lives of youth living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.


Community Concepts Inc is the first international nonprofit organization to champion the plight of YLWA in Africa and other poor countries of the world. We seek to design and implement appropriate programs that will alleviate the suffering of YLWA and give them a purpose to live.

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We Are Pioneers in the Management of Socioeconomically Discriminated Youth Living in Poor Communities Around the World

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These young people are part of the masses of suffering African youth who have very limited opportunities. Amongst them are the HIV orphans who survived because of antiretroviral medications and are now youth living with AIDS. Scarred, stigmatized, and ostracized, they have been shunned by employers. Nobody even wants to date them. They need help, and you can help them.

Our Philosophy

Communities Have the Potential! 


At Community Concepts Inc, we believe that communities in poor countries have the potential to successfully develop. Enduring solutions to most problems in the communities of poor economies are located within the socioeconomic substructure of those communities.


This belief underlines that the solutions to development challenges are more internally situated within communities than externally sourced. It is, for example, quite instructive that despite decades of poverty, disease, public mismanagement and governmental ineptitude, and a plethora of other challenges in developing economies, these societies have soldiered on.


The people in poor countries have always fallen back upon their communities as a safety net whenever everything else fails. Foreign assistance policies and practices to these countries should support homegrown, community-based solutions. They should empower and build community capacities.


The primary resilience of these societies is owed to deep-rooted social networks and cultural norms of their communities. In most societies in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Arab nations, there exist elaborate and ubiquitous social networks.


Therefore, we think that external assistance should initially be limited to awakening internal potential. To this extent, we borrow from the science of immunotherapy, whereby the body's natural defenses are externally assisted to fight deadly diseases, such as cancer. We believe that we can prompt and support the community to turn challenges into opportunities.


For example, the community can be prompted and empowered to accept, nurture, and fend for YLWA who, in turn, can be a source of strength for the well-being and progress of the community. A scrawny youth who is shown love and affection and given capitalization or education could turn out to be an inventor of an idea that will save thousands of people within the community.


Methodology: Science Works. You Must Measure Before and After You Do!

We believe that development challenges must be evaluated and understood before they are engaged. Definition of the problem, evaluation of enormity, analysis of alternative solutions, and scalability of eventual program solutions must be thoroughly established.


To this end, we cherish the measurement of success. Inability to measure success has variously been cited as a challenge against millions of dollars spent toward solving development challenges in developing countries. At Community Concepts Inc, if we cannot measure, we do not attempt.

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We Turn Challenges Into Opportunities

Our team aims to turn socioeconomic development challenges into opportunities. It shall, for example, be a pleasure if the once stigmatized and untracked African youth living with HIV/AIDS overcome their present handicaps courtesy of our efforts. We hope to see them lead critical community development initiatives.


Today, these youth are a drain upon the community’s scarce resources and capabilities. Tomorrow, they shall be the movers of community development.

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Hope is life. Help us give hope.

Poverty, disease, and social injustice abroad affect us here as we grapple with emigration, epidemics, terrorism, and environmental issues. At the center of all these issues are the youth. Join us to uplift youths everywhere so we can have global peace and progress.

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Hope is life. Help us give hope.

Poverty, disease, and social injustice abroad affect us here as we grapple with emigration, epidemics, terrorism, and environmental issues. At the center of all these issues are the youth. Join us to uplift youths everywhere so we can have global peace and progress.

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