The Valley Trust, a centre for health promotion in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, collaborated with InsightShare and the community of Inanda to use participatory video to draw attention to community development issues. One video focused on the lack of water in the community despite pipes being laid and was used as a lobbying tool, while others addressed issues such as alcohol and drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.
This article describes the PV project that was carried out in Inanda, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, in the summer of 2007. It summarizes how InsightShare's capacity building PV training - in cooperation with the Valley Trust - provided different social groups of the Inanda Township community with a tool to express their perpectives on problems in their community - ranging from water and food scarcity to HIV/AIDS and unemployment - and to show their inspiring ways of coping with these issues.
In Malawi, we worked with an HIV+ community group in M'deka, one hour drive outside Blantyre. This was carried out with GOAL, an Irish NGO who have been setting up these groups as a way of helping HIV+ people to support one another and change attitudes in the community to knowing your status.
This film was planned and filmed by the members of the Tichezerane AIDS Support group, in Malawi, and describes the group's history and the stories of some of its members; all of whom live with the HIV virus.