Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Helping hands from SVKM Law College

Three students from SVKM Law College, Vile Parle, Mumbai decided to do something different. Students can play an important role in social transformation and IDF gives an excellent opportunity to render service to the society, the trio thought.

Radhika Sharma, Nida Kazi and Vijay Tiwari, third year law students from SVKM gave their time for social work after their regular college. We really felt happy spending our last 21 days of 2008 with IDF. We learnt a lot and also shared our experience with the children in IDF projects. As it was the festive season, we decided to sell greeting cards, calendars and various items made by the underprivileged children and physically challenged persons of IDF projects. It was really interesting visiting various places and meeting people. Social work has given us a new vista of life, the students expressed.

The students also had the opportunity of putting up an NGO stall of IDF in Prerna 2008 organised by SIESCOMS, Nerul. We could convince many people to buy IDF products and we were successful in our approach, Radhika said.

Participating in the citizens reach-out programme celebrating New Year with leprosy patients and children of Vimala Dermatological Centre was really a fantastic experience, Nida and Vijay pointed out. We felt very happy to see the children of the centre cheered up with the celebrations around, the trio mentioned in chorus.

Though it was a social responsibility project for us from our college, but as New Year Resolution we are going to continue our activities for the welfare of the people during our spare time and IDF being our main base for social development, we dedicated our service for the society, Radhika, Nida and Vijay said with a smile.

Let noble thoughts come to us from everyside.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Shiloh's New Year Gift - Arattai Arangam

Arattai Arangam, the most famous social debate programme in Sun TV hosted by Mr. T.Rajendran, honoured IDF's young social ambassador, Shiloh Jessie Francisca.

IDF Young Social Ambassador - Shiloh Jessie Francisca, student of Rani Seethai Achi Higher Secondary School, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, was honoured in the Arattai Arangam programme on 28th Dec. 08, for her excellent social work for leprosy/ TB programmes and also for sponsoring education for underprivileged children studying in IDF Gurukuls.

Click the link given below to see the programme once again. Shiloh's speech is at the end of the programme.

It's really a wonderful New Year Gift for IDF!

Shiloh has been called young Mother Teresa of IDF.

God bless Shiloh, we are proud of you !

Shiloh's interview in The Times of India

Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year celebrations with a difference

Indian Development Foundation organised New Year Celebrations with leprosy patients at Vimala Dermatological Centre, Versova, Mumbai on 27th December 2008. Citizens from different walks of life participated in the programme and shared joy with the inmates and children of the Centre.

Indian Development Foundation (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) a leading national NGO committed to health, education and rural development has been organizing Citizens' Reach-out Programme during New Year occasion in various places in the country to enable citizens to meet and greet leprosy patients with flowers, fruits and sweets and to wish them a speedy recovery and a Happy New Year. This is considered as an important social event and leprosy patients on this occasion get the feeling of happiness. Citizens avail this opportunity to wish the patients a speedy recovery and a Happy New Year. The interaction between the citizens and patients had drawn public appreciation for over twenty five years now, said Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator of Indian Development Foundation.

Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director, Podar International School (IB) and Chief Guest for the event expressed her happiness as she shared joy with the inmates and children of Vimala Centre. The students Podar IB School have been a regular visitor of this Centre and we feel proud to be associated with the social programmes of IDF, Dr. Vandana said.

New Year provides us an excellent opportunity to make resolutions in life. It's in giving that we receive, Dr. Vandana added.

Mr. Suresh Nair, Principal, Vivek Vidyalaya & Jr. College - Mrs. Sharada Prakash, Director, Giri Trading Agency Ltd - Mr. Manohar Mehta, President, Bangur Nagar Laughter's Club appreciated the work of Indian Development Foundation as they conveyed greetings to the children of the centre.

Important personalities, social workers, heads of educational institutions, senior citizens, teachers, members of Bangur Nagar Laughter Club, Indian Overseas Bank, Management Students from SIESCOMS Institute, students from SVKM Law College and Mumbai University NSS Volunteers took active part in the event and shared happiness among leprosy patients and children.

Citizens freely mixed with the patients, exchanged pleasantries and assured them of social support. A bright happiness was seen on the faces of the patients when citizens greeted them.
Vimala Centre wore a festive look with decorations to mark New Year celebrations. It's really a happy time for the leprosy patients and children of the centre and we are grateful to the citizens who turn out in good number to greet the people here, said Rev. Sr. Bertilla Capra, Director of Vimala Centre.

Parle Products, Royal Fashion, Laughter Club, Staff members of LIC-89G & H and citizens' and well-wishers sponsored gifts for distribution to the inmates.

A special Musical Orchestra was organized by the young Schizophrenics Band to entertain the children and the inmates of the Vimala Centre during the festive occasion who welcomed the New Year.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Shankersai becomes Santa for Street kids

IDF young ambassador Shankersai celebrated Christmas with a difference. Student of Kendriya Vidyalaya AFS, Secunderabad thought that he should distribute cakes and sweets to the street kids too and share happiness with them.

Shankersai visited the streets in Hyderabad and Secunderabad, met the kids, presented cakes and wished them season's greetings.

I feel happy to celebrate festive time with the poor and the underprivileged, said Shankersai with a bubbling smile. My parents are a great supporter for me and help me in reaching out the poor and the needy, he expressed.

To see complete photographs, click the link given below and open the Album.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas celebration with a difference

Indian Development Foundation organised Christmas celebrations with a difference involving students of Stella Maries Girls School, Malleswaram, Bangalore. The students visited Sumanahalli Leprosy Project in Bangalore and shared happiness with the inmates in the Centre.

A Chicago based newsportal,, gave due coverage for the report.

Click the link given below to see the news.

Handmade Calender for 2009

Dear Friends :

Greetings and good wishes for a HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Our Hubli Project in Karnataka has brought out a Special 2009 Year Calender - Handmade by the physically handicapped workers of the Centre. It's really a cute piece and specially designed. The speciality of the Calender is that it has Folk Designs and Short Stories from India.

There are 12 different pages with Folk Designs for each month and also 12 different pages giving Short Stories from India.

By buying 2009 Calender you will not only be supporting IDF projects, but also enjoy going through the glimpse into Indian life.

Buy 2009 Calender now. It just costs Rs.120/=. Send your cheque in favour of Indian Development Foundation and mail it to L10/3 & 4 Jal Ratan Deep, Bangur Nagar, Goregaon (West), Mumbai 400 104.

You will be supporting social projects of IDF, by buying the Calender. Place your order today, before it is too late. You may also GIFT the calender to your near and dear ones during this New Year.

Looking forward to receiving your support and with kind regards,

Dr. Narayan Iyer

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cecil cheers from Chicago

IDF Social Ambassador Mr. Cecil O. Joseph from Chicago met IDF team Dr. A.R.K. Pillai, President, Mr. R. Girish, Trustee and Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator of Indian Development Foundation on the eve of Christmas Day.

I am inspired by the work of IDF and i recall my association with the leprosy activities of the Foundation for a quarter century now, said Mr. Cecil Joseph.

I admire the selfless service of Dr. Pillai and his dedicated workers who toil for the uplift of the underprivileged people, he added. I have been a regular visitor to the leprosy homes in Mumbai which are associated with IDF. I get a feel of happiness and satisfaction when i see the children in the centre. I take this opportunity to wish all the inmates in the Centre and the children a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, expressed Mr. Cecil Joseph.

Mr. Cecil Joseph visited IDF team and got himself apprised on the various projects during his short visit to India.

Dr. Pillai thanked Mr. Cecil for all his timely support to the Foundation and also for doing excellent network with his contacts in Chicago initiating social responsibility activities.

Wheelchair Distribution at Tirupattur

Indian Development Foundation joined hands with Sneha Educational Trust, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Tirupattur and YMCA in organising a seminar on Human Rights on 20th Nov. 2008 at YMCA BM Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Tirupattur.

Mr. Hanish Chhabra IAS, Sub-Collector, Tirupattur inaugurated the Seminar and congratulated the organisers for taking excellent initiative in reaching out the physically challenged persons.

Later tricycles were distributed to the physically challenged persons at the hands of the Chief Guest.

Guests of Honour included - Mrs. Chokammal Tulasinathan, Chairman, Tirupatut Municipality - Mr. K. M. Subramanian, Chairman IIPA - Tirupattur, Mr. S. Gunasekaran, Executive Secretary, YMCA BM Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Tirupattur - Prof. A. Stanislaus, Principal, YMCA BM School and Mr. Prakasam, President, Anti-corruption Movement, Tirupattur.

Dr. K. Padmanabhan, Trustee, Sneha Educational Trust for Disabled, Tirupattur and Mr. R. Settu, Co-ordinator (TN & Pondy), Indian Development Foundation co-ordinated the event.

Merry Christmas Greetings from Podar IB

Festive occasion gives us an opportunity to make resolutions in life. Christmas and New Year are such wonderful events when people can come together and share joy and happiness, expressed Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director of Podar International School (IB).

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator, IDF said that happiness can be multiplied when you divide it with others. Let’s resolve to spread goodness everywhere and make festive occasions more meaningful, he added.

Podar International School (IB) has been tied up with Indian Development Foundation for it Creativity Action and Service (CAS) activities. Podarities through CAS programmes have helped IDF projects and created social transformation.

Mrs. Shahina Momin, PYP Co-ordinator and Mrs. Sarala Gavane, CAS Co-ordinator joined Dr. Narayan in preparing the year-long CAS programme for 2009-2010. CAS activities will include `Shiksha’ and `Rahat’ as main theme which will help the society at large. Students As Learning Partners (SALP) and Teachers Empowerment Programme will also form part of Podar CAS activities.

Podar IB school is committed to the social programmes of IDF. Our students will certainly make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged people through the well-designed CAS activities, said the school Co-ordinators.

Santa Claus did make his presence, cheered up the students presenting gifts and wished them A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

Celebration with a difference

Tenth standard students from Stella Maries Girls High School, Malleswaram, Bangalore thought of celebrating this year's Christmas in a different manner. About 50 students visited Summanahalli Project, a social hub for leprosy, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS victims and physically challenged children, on the eve of Christmas to express greetings and share the joy of happiness to the inmates in the Centre.

Summanahalli is located at the outskirts of the city, on the Magadi road. The visit aimed at providing the students with an exposure to social welfare programme for poor children, thereby take opportunity to share love and concern for the less fortunate ones on the festive occasion.

Stella Maries team was led by two teachers - Sr. Mary and Mrs. Maya. Fr. Joseph Thoompanal, Executive Director of Summanahalli, received the team and gave a brief introduction about the ongoing projects at Summanahalli. Sr. Mary Mascarenhas, a crusader for the socio-economic rehabilitation of leprosy-cured persons welcomed the students and appreciated them for visiting the less fortunate children at Summanahalli. Fr. Augustine took the students around the Centre. He students performed various cultural programmes and organized games to entertain the physically challenged children and the inmates. Cakes, fruits and sweets were presented to all the inmates and children of the Centre.

The students also visited the leprosy, TB and HIV patients units and presented gifts and interacted with them and wished them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
It was a satisfying experience for us to see the young and enthusiastic students reaching out to the sick and needy with compassion and concern, expressed Rev. Sr. Mary.

Indian Development Foundation - a national NGO committed to the cause of health, education and rural development - organized the visit as part of its Student Social Responsibility & Reach-out Programme. Dr. S. Franklin, Manager, Southern Region, IDF co-ordinated the social trip and gave an insight into service-oriented activities.

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Horizon for IDF

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai and Dr. Narayan B. Iyer from Indian Development Foundation were invited by New Horizon Public School at Airoli, Navi Mumbai on 18th Dec. for creating health awareness to the students of the School.
New Horizon Public School is a regular supporter of Indian Development Foundation for several years now. The school is also the recipient of prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award (2006-07) for their excellent social responsibility programme.

Around 2500 students were covered in three different sessions and the visiting team explained to the children about activities of IDF and sought their support.

Mrs. Monalisa Basu, Headmistress of Primary wing and Mrs. Lakshmi Ramachandran, Co-ordinator of the School helped in organising the awareness programme in a systematic manner.

Indian Development Foundation thank New Horizon Public School team for their kind and continued support to the social programmes.

Complete photographs can be seen by clicking the link given below

Come, participate & feel the difference

Dear Friends :

Greetings and good wishes for a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year !

Indian Development Foundation (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) will be organising a Citizen's Reach-out Programme on 27th December 2008 (Saturday) at 4:30 PM at Vimala Dermatological Centre, Versova, Yari Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400 061. We cordially invite you and family to participate in this public event and share the joy of happiness.

Every year we conduct New Year celebrations with leprosy patients and children of Vimala Centre, distribute gifts, eats and items of daily use. Such Citizens' Reach-out programme has gained momentum over twenty five years now. Citizens from different walks of life will gather at the centre to greet the inmates and children during the festive occasion.

Leprosy patients on this occasion get the happy feeling that there are kind-hearted citizens who consider them as part of society and care for their welfare. The citizens-patients interaction during festive occasion has gained year after year.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to help those who are in dire need and who deserve your kind words, help and sympathy.

The inmates of the Centre will be entertained by `Schezofrenics' - an upcoming musical team comprising youth from Mumbai colleges.

We would request you and friends to participate in the event and share the joy of participation.

With kind regards and good wishes,

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shankersai Sows Seeds of Success

IDF young ambassador Master G.R. Shankersai called on Mr. Vidyasagar, Chairman and Mrs. Parchuri Chandravathi, Executive Director of Vibha Group of Companies in Hyderabad.

Shankersai explained to the Vibha team about IDF work in health, education and rural development areas and his involvement as a student ambassador. I am very happy to be a part of IDF and feel proud that as a young ambassador i am able to do my small contribution to the social development, expressed Shankersai.

Mr. Vidyasagar
and Mrs. Chandravathi congratulated Shankersai for his social inclination at a very young age and in an appreciation note the team expressed their support to IDF's humanitarian programmes.

Vibha Seeds is the fastest growing Crop Genetics and Hybrid Seeds Company in India and is a leading producer of cotton, sunflower, rice, mustard, corn, pearl millets, sorghum, wheat and pulses.

Master G. R. Shankersai is the young social ambassador of IDF at Hyderabad. An 8 year old boy and student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Shankersai promotes social values amongst his young friends. Well, lets say that Shankersai Sows Seeds of Success.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Feel the difference

NGO ropes in school students to help a cause

It won't be an exaggeration to say that the sight of a leprosy patient can move heavily anaesthetisd persons, probably turn mountains into pulp and send rock solid hearts weeping profusely. Still, how many of us can be the light of leprosy sufferers like Baba Amte? Thanks to NGOs like Indian Development Foundation formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation, that has been trying to make a difference. The organisation, celebrating its 25 years of service, recently tied up with six of the city schools to carry forward the cause.

Its national coordinator, Narayan B. Iyer, recently in city, shares the success and predicament of less talked about, most suffered about disease. Having been into the cause for seventeen years and since class eleventh, he definitely can tell more than we can ask.

So what is the current leprosy situation in India? He says, "Way back in 1972 there were 40 lakh leprosy cases which has now come down to about 60, 000." Not a small feat considering the obstacles a diverse and resilient country like India can pose. As Narayan says, "The problem of lack of awareness amongst masses is compounded by the fact, there's a social stigma attached to it."

He further says, "Also, it's a visible disease, so the acceptability is not much." So among the initiatives adopted, raising awareness topped the list. He says, "Earlier, the patients were not going to the doctors because of fear. There was a time when there were hospitals and beds but no patients came."

The organisation believes in the power of engaging youth in any development activity. As he says, "We've been holding capsule programmes for students of schools and colleges. Currently, we have a chain of 10,000 schools in India." He adds, "Raising awareness and tapping students is the best medium to achieve our goals." Does he feel today's youth have a bent towards philanthropy? Answers Narayan, "There's been a transformation, realisation of social values and they are a spirited lot." Reason enough to hope leprosy to be non-repeating history. — TNS

courtesy : The Tribune, Chandigarh - 15th Dec.08

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Archbishop of Delhi hails IDF work

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator, Indian Development Foundation called on His Grace Rev. Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi at the Archbishop's House 12th Dec. 2008.

Dr. Narayan apprised the Archbishop on the activities of IDF in national level and the projects taken up during the 25th year of the Foundation.The Archbishop congratulated IDF and its team-members for the wonderful humanitarian work carried out in the areas of health, education and rural development.

Conveying greetings for Christmas and New Year the Archbishop said, “May God’s boundless love be with the whole of humanity and the celebrations are best when we love God and one another in our day to day life”.Dr. Narayan presented IDF Performance Report to the Archbishop and sought blessings for the ongoing humanitarian programmes.IDF PR Division

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Friday, December 12, 2008

The City Beautiful supports IDF

Mrs. Shashi Banerjee, Principal, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, Haryana receives the IDF Rolling Trophy for the peak performance in resource mobilisation made by Class VII Shubham for IDF social programmes. Class Teacher Mrs. Urvashi Kakkar and Co-ordinator Mrs. Handa along with the Classteam received the trophy from Dr.Narayan B. Iyer.

Mr. Charles Samuel, Principal and Mrs. Annie Charles, Vice Principal, Mount Carmel School, Chandigarh supports IDF's humanitarian programmes. Mount Carmel is a great supporter of leprosy/ TB programmes.
Mrs. Vineeta Arora, Principal and Mrs. Inderpreet Kaur, Vice Principal, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh receives IDF Performance Report from Dr.Narayan B. Iyer. Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh is a great supporter of leprosy/ TB programmes of IDF. Mrs. Shakuntala Mahajan, Director and Mrs. Saroj Sawant, Principal of Moti Ram Arya Sr. Sec. School, Chandigarh presents a donation cheque for leprosy/ TB work to Dr. Narayan B. Iyer of IDF.Rev. Fr. Ninan P. Philip, Chairman, St. Mary's School, Chandigarh receives IDF Performance Report from Dr. Narayan B. Iyer. The schoolteam renders continuous support to IDF's social programmes.

Indian Development Foundation salute the schoolteams for their excellent contributions to health, education and rural development programmes.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Benevolence from Bellary

Dr. S. S Gupta, Director, O P Jindal Vocational Training Centre & Management Co-ordinator(Academics), JSW Steel Limited, Toranagallu, Bellary (Karnataka) receives IDF Performance Report 2007-08 from Mr. H. Gurumurthy, Field Officer, IDF.

Dr. Gupta congratulated IDF team for carrying out excellent social responsibility programmes in India. He also appreciated the role of students from Jindal Vijayanagar School, Vidya Nagar, JSW Campus, Toranagallu and Jindal Adarsh Vidyalaya, V. V. Nagar, Toranagallu for participating in health awareness and resource mobilisation programmes carried out by IDF.

Mr. H. Gurumurthy, Field Officer, IDF expressed sincere thanks to Mrs. Prabha, Principal of Jindal Vijayanagar School and Mrs. Rajshri Dambal, Headmistress, Jindal Adarsh Vidyalaya for supporting IDF's social responsibility programmes.

Indian Development Foundation thank Jindal Group of Schools in supporting the humanitarian programmes in national interest.

Good people to grow with !

Mr. S. H. Keshava, Chief Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Erode, Tamil Nadu, received Mr. C. Chidambaram, Manager-SR, Indian Development Foundation.

Mr. Keshava appreciated the work of IDF in the areas of health, education and rural development and complimented IDF workers in social responsibility programmes.

Mr. Keshava has been a supporter and well-wisher of IDF for several years now.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Awareness is the key, says Karan Dravid

Do you know 1st December is observed as World AIDS Day all over the world, asked the 9 year old boy Karan Dravid.

Karan Dravid, a class 4 student of Kendriya Vidyalaya MEG & Centre, Bangalore and IDF's youngest social ambassador was invited as a guest speaker to speak on importance of health on World AIDS Day.
As part of the World AIDS Day, Indian Deveopment Foundation organized a health awareness programme at Kendriya Vidyalaya ASC Centre, Bangalore where Karan Dravid addressed around 2500 students.

AIDS is a great killer these days which is caused by a virus called HIV. We cannot see through our naked eye, Karan said with a smile. The virus decreases our resistance power to fight against disease, he added.

People should know more about the disease and its bad results. We can only stop AIDS by creating awareness, Karan said.

He later recited Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's "Song of the Youth" and said that the student life was right time to get introduced to social service programs. Dr. S. Franklin, Manager of IDF, thanked Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for their staunch support for social causes. Dr. Franklin spoke on the scientific facts about HIV/AIDS exhorted senior students to participate in social awareness programmes.

While congratulating Indian Development Foundation's role in health, education and development area, Mrs. Rajini Khoda, Vice Principal of the school also applauded Karan Dravid's involvement in social work at a young age and advised the other students to emulate his example.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Stop AIDS, Keep the promise

Indian Development Foundation and Vivek Education Society organized World AIDS Day Campaign on December 1, 2008 at Vivek College of Commerce, Goregaon West in North Mumbai.

About 300 students from Class IX to final year degree college formed the major audience who received the vital information on HIV/AIDS.

Though the numbers of HIV cases are coming down in India, still we need to have concern for those affected with this dreaded disease and who die out of it. We can STOP HIV/ AIDS only through proper awareness and education. World AIDS Day gives us an opportunity to take part in the massive campaign and spread the message, said Dr. W.S. Bhatki.

Dr. W. S. Bhatki, Director of Maharashtra Lokahita Seva Mandal (former Project Director for Mumbai District AIDS Control Society) and Chief Guest for the programme stressed on faith, love and joy. Youth in this country should know the importance of life and help to build a healthy society, stressed Dr. Bhatki.

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator of IDF interacted with the students and said, good nutrition and medical care can increase bodily strength and delay the onset as well as the frequency of opportunistic infections.

Mr. Suresh Nair, Principal, Vivek Vidyalaya & Junior College stressed on the statistical details and the rising problem in India. He said early detection is crucial which helps quick medical support and thereby increasing the lifespan of the patient. Prof. P. Thangadurai, NSS Co-ordinator, Vivek College of Commerce exhorted the students to come forward and fight against the dreaded disease.

Sashikala Gounder, Abhishek Panchal, and Sneha Thampy spoke on the topic. The students in their speech stressed on massive health awareness and education to stop the spread of the disease. Community participation and love for the children affected with HIV were also some of the points the students touched upon.

Mrs. Nilu Khosla, Principal incharge of Vivek College of Commerce said young students are all set to lead a national campaign on HIV/AIDS to stop the menace caused by the disease.

Bedrock hall was fully decorated with messages and vital information on HIV/AIDS. Colourful banners, posters, charts and newsclippings gave more impetus to campaign.

Red Ribbons were distributed to all the participating students while pamphlets on HIV/AIDS were exchanged for more knowledge. Students and dignitaries joined in lighting candle to mark the World AIDS Day and pledging to fight against the disease. Dr. Sharad Nayampally and Mr. Sanjay Waghmare from IDF co-ordinated the event with the NSS volunteers of the college.

Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise was the slogan raised by the students as they lighted the candles. People need to respect and protect themselves to stop AIDS, the students said.