ICAD’s four partner organizations in Malawi went on to lead body mapping workshops with members of support groups for people living with HIV that were engaged in the SANI project.
The workshops were used to contribute to a collection of qualitative data about the SANI twinning initiative, but had their most significant impacts as a tool for storytelling.
“The body mapping enhanced our understanding of the journey of a person living with HIV, the fears, the stigma, the gender implications, the challenges, the support from the community, the different government interventions and also other organisations approach.”
“The body mapping approach provided a platform for self discovery and self confidence.”
“The participants also pointed out the importance of understanding each other through the body mapping process. As each one was presenting their body map, the more the other participants understood the person much better. In other instances, the participants were able to understand how some of their friends became the people they are today. The activity brought in an element of in-depth understanding of one another making it easy to work together after appreciating each other’s background.”