AYO! Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS

AYO! Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS


BaliSpirit’s Karma Yoga outreach program established AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS (Hey! Let’s Talk About HIV and AIDS) in 2010 in response to the critical need for HIV & AIDS education in Bali. As of December 2016, Bali has over 9,027 recorded cases of HIV and 6,812 recorded cases of AIDS. Yet an estimated 30% of new cases go unreported each year in Bali.

The AYO! program empowers teenagers to guard their own physical and emotional health and act with empathy towards others living with HIV within their community. In 7 years, AYO! has held workshops with over 6,000 students and reaches thousands more people during its weekly AYO! radio broadcasts. From 2016 to 2017, the Ministry of Education supported AYO! to hold EduSpirit workshops even beyond Bali - in West Lombok, East Java (Situbondo), West Java (Indramayu), and Riau Island Province (Batam City).

Interactive AYO! EduSpirit workshops for Balinese high school students

The EduSpirit workshops have been held in 107 schools in some of the poorest and remote areas in Bali which are sadly the most vulnerable to contract HIV. These include Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, West Bali National Park, the port of Gilimanuk (the Java to Bali route), and in the port of Padang Bai (the Lombok to Bali route). AYO! has been able to reach over 6,000 teenagers and educate them about HIV & AIDS in Bali, NTB, East Java and West Java over 7 years.

Each EduSpirit workshop includes pre and post knowledge tests, games, video screening, sexual and reproductive health education through creative and engaging information exchange, information on high-risk behaviors (including unprotected sex and intravenous drug use), information on HIV & AIDS testing and treatment, protecting against unwanted pregnancies, and an introduction to yoga.

Each Interactive AYO! EduSpirit workshop includes:

  • Pre and post knowledge tests
  • Interactive games and information exchanges
  • Video screenings
  • Sexual and reproductive health education
  • Information on high-risk HIV behaviors (unprotected sex and intravenous drug use)
  • Information about HIV & AIDS testing and treatments
  • Contraception information and the risk of unwanted pregnancies and/or HIV
  • Introduction to yoga

How YOU can help

Make a donation

Onsite at BaliSpirit’s business venues: The Yoga Barn (Jln. Pengoseken, Ubud) Kafe (Jln. Hanoman, Ubud), or through online donations via our website ticketing page: www.balispiritfestival.com/tickets. Or you can make an online transfer to our bank account:

Bank: BRI (Bank Rakyat Indonesia) Ubud
Account name: Yayasan Kryasta Guna
Account no: 059001000589308
Swift code : BRINIDJA
Bank Address : Jl. Raya Ubud Gianyar

Purchase BaliSpirit Festival tickets

Buy an Abundance or Spirit Pass ticket to BaliSpirit Festival and a portion of your ticket will go directly to the AYO! project.

Where your donations will go:

In 2018, the AYO! program needs:

  1. USD 12,000 to hold another 10 workshops in vulnerable communities around Bali. Each workshop costs USD 1,200 to hold, to fund trainers and provide materials for 50-70 teens per workshop.
  2. USD 5,200 to produce our radio shows twice a week for a year.
  3. USD 3,000 for a training facilitator to help improve the skills of our facilitators and train even more people across Bali.
  4. USD 8,000 to hold the 2018 AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS Bali awareness concert in Ubud

Supported by

The AYO! program is funded by your donations through the BaliSpirit Karma Yoga outreach program and with the generous support of the New Zealand Aid Programme, Ministry of Education Republic Indonesia, Bali AIDS Commission, and the Local Government, Health Department, Education Department in each of the 9 kabupaten (districts) of Bali, dance4life Indonesia, Radio Bali 98,9 FM. We also thank Desa Seni, The Yoga Barn, Radja Pro, Campina, YAMAHA Indonesia, Pregina, and Antida Records for their ongoing contributions.