Many black leaders are inexperienced, said Michael Hinson founder and interim executive director of The COLOURS Organization, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit established in 1991 and Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer, who founded BEBASHI
. Black organizations also have a hard time affording highly qualified staff, said Ludmilla Wikkeling-Scott, a Washington D.C.-based public health expert and policy associate for the National Minority AIDS Council.
BEBASHI"s AIDS education for youth uses language which is culturally specific and age appropriate.
For more information, contact: BEBASHI, 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19102; (215) 546-4140.
"Eighty percent of children born with AIDS or HIV infection are children of color whose mothers do not even realize they are infected until the child has some identifiable symptom," says Hassan of BEBASHI
. "There is focus on IV drug users or women who have sex with them, but the part that is not being focused on is the bisexual male who has sex with men and women and doesn't inform either group that he has sex with the other."