What is Infohut?
Out of all the regions in the world, Southern Africa has the highest HIV prevalence and is the most affected by the AIDS epidemic, leaving no institution untouched. We are all challenged to come up with effective ideas to eliminate stigma and new HIV infections as well as ensure an improved quality of life. There is great urgency to work together in empowering vulnerable groups, especially the youths, with skills needed to reduce their vulnerability. Without collaboration and scalable approaches to curb the spread of HIV, the sub-region will continue experiencing unprecedented human suffering and socio-economic hardships.
The CONCEPT of an INFOHUT came from an African hut (Iqhugwane in Zulu) where the young and the old, especially the disillusioned, would seek wisdom and information to address challenges faced in their lives.
INFOHUT is a Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) initiated programme which engages and equips adolescents and young people in Life Skills through the use of computers. Some of the areas covered in computers and Life Skills include:
• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
• HIV & AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support
Creating an empowered HIV free generation through modern technology
The first INFOHUT pilot project was set up in a rural school in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2007/2008 and was subsequently handed over to the local community. The local authority, the chief, mobilised resources for another Infohut center for a wider reach.
From 2009 to 2016, LUCSA expanded the Infohut project to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ELCZ), Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM). Plans are at an advanced stage to start the programme in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN). LUCSA continues to motivate other member churches to establish INFOHUTs in marginalised communities.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ELCZ)
- ELCZ Njube Youth Centre
- Mnene Primary and Secondary Mission Schools
- Chegato Mission High School
- Masase Mission High School
- Beitbridge Mission Primary School
- Zezane Mission Secondary School
- Burure Primary and Secondary Mission Schools
- ELCZ Vashandiri Study Centre
- West Nicholson Primary Mission School
- Manama Bible School
Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN)
- ELCAP Centre, Rehoboth
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM)
- Madisi Parish Centre, Madisi