AfriGrand Caravan Brings African HIV/AIDS Awareness to Southern Ontario

October 5, 2010


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Afrigrand Caravan

 

AfriGrand Caravan Brings African HIV/AIDS Awareness to Southern Ontario
dated September 21 - 23, 2010

Toronto, Ontario
September 23, 2010
      


 

Toronto, Ontario
September 23, 2010



Aissatou Diajhate
Stephen Lewis Foundation, Director of Programs

       "We have a grandmother and a granddaughter coming to share their stories and what they are doing to turn the tide of HIV and AIDS. And we see them welcomed by communities that vary from high schools, to public libraries, to grandmothers groups, to churches; the responses mirror the caravan itself and its essence."


Regina Mokgokong
TATENI Home Care Nursing South Africa, Executive Director

       "How best can we influence our youth, because one infection of one child out of twenty is one too many, and we want to keep them from being infected in the first place. We have to get these people now and we have got to show them as much of the way as possible and we've got to make them feel responsible for themselves. Because nobody is responsible for you as a person. So if they don't look after themselves, they are going to expose themselves to situations that will get them infected, they will have no future. These people are alone, they need care, they need to feel that somebody is with them. Nobody ever speaks to them. People that we come across we support them, council them, hold them by the hand and take them for the treatment that they need. Now Steven Lewis is our partner in this battle. It can only be sustainable when you've got this wall of people that are standing behind you to be able to make this happen. With this type of support that we get from Steven Lewis and the Grandmothers of Canada we are reassured of sustainability."


Nkuli Nowathe
South African Student

       "We are trying to turn the tide of the AIDS pandemic, So after my mother passed away I think I am still fine. I am not the first orphan and I am not the last orphan, that's what I know. There is life after this, I have seen this so I have a vision of a bright future. I am strong because I've got support from my Grandmother because my mother just passed away in early January and it has only been seven months now, so I can say I'm strong - it was not easy but here I am. I can say. Please tell your parents how much you love them because some of the time you are going to miss those days. Every minute every hour it is important."



 

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "The CAW has been involved for many many years in international solidarity. But what the Grandmothers caravan does, aside from making the stories so real, coming here from South Africa or the African Continent, it allows our members and community activists to become directly engaged in this grass roots campaign."


Jack Marshall
CAW Local 4268, Retiree

       "I am having fun, more interesting than I thought. I've met a lot of interesting people and learned a lot about the situation that I didn't know before."


Peyton Oosterman
Bishop Strachan, Grade 12 Student

       These women are so passionate and strong and they have so much courage. It's so empowering for them to come and talk to us, to share their story to a room full a strangers."


Alexandra Sermol
Bishop Strachan, Grade 12 Student

       " To be able to relate to somebody who has lived first hand and hear their stories and see the strength it takes for her to come and speak to us it is just empowering and incredible."


CAW Fighting Back Makes A Difference.


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