Message From Annie – SING Campaign Update
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"THE DAY THAT VILELE WENT TO THE BEACH FOR THE FIRST TIME"
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Just a quick update…the SING campaign is an ongoing process, with different kinds of activities and achievements. December 1st will be World Aids day, and will also be the 1st anniversary of the launch of SING. I think it’s essential that anyone who supports the campaign gets a clearly outlined list of everything we’ve done so far, so that you can get a better understanding of our accomplishments. One of the reasons SING supports the Treatment Action Campaign is because it is a “grassroots” organisation, run by the people “for” the people. Once you can start to empower people with information, education and collective solidarity, you can begin to implement effective changes at a community level. Now that there is a new health minister in South Africa, there can be a window of opportunity to take some significant steps towards saving and sustaining lives. In a few weeks I will be having a meeting with the CEO of TAC, where we’ll have the chance to discuss what needs to be done, and how we can go about instilling and supporting positive action asap.
Meantime, Nick Fletcher, the amazing film maker who created all the wonderful short film clips you’ve hopefully seen (as well as the SING video) has made two trips to the Eastern Cape of SA, where he’s been filming some powerful stories about families who’ve been caught up in the pandemic… As so many countless numbers are. We are planning to scale up and improve the website, and we are in partnership with Comic Relief, who are acting as back up to our project.
It’s not always easy to keep track of people, because the regions are, remote and communication systems are not always available…but we feel that it’s very important that we keep in contact with people, to find out how they are as regularly as possible.
Avelile went back to live with her grandmother, and some time after that, her grandmother passed away, so we understand that she’s now living with an aunt.
We got word that her health is really good, although she went through a bit of a rough patch a little while ago. She regularly attends a group for children with HIV at the hospital. We are going to provide the hospital with a scanning machine..something that they urgently needed, but I’ll go into that in more detail later.
The boys are doing really well. We have ensured that a TAC member goes to see them regularly, to keep an eye out for them. (Although I have to state that it’s not under TAC’S remit to identify or support orphaned children). We bought them a sheep, and some chickens, and they are going to be planting vegetables in the field behind their house. They also receive a government grant, so that they can all go to school. Nick has just sent me some beautiful photos of them, which you’ll get to see as soon as we can put them up. I’ll be going to Germany for the Spendenmarathon on the 19th of November, and I’ll give you more information about that on my next blog. Meanwhile thankyou for supporting SING….as I’ve said before, we’re in for the long haul, and I aim to make a difference!
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