World Aids Day and Sanitary Wear project

 World Aids Day was commemorated in suitable and joyous fashion at Tshegofatsong Special School.

Tshegofatsong’s learners, teachers, parents and members of the Christian community definitely know how to celebrate!

Rev. Abraham Akih from the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Mamelodi East opened the full programme with a most appropriate message from the book of Samuel. On behalf of the principal, several words of gratitude were expressed towards the donors, NGO, Mission4HIV, ministries and churches involved.  The audience was reminded of HIV related matters such as remaining on ARV treatment.

Elzaan de Villiers from Building Hope Foundation presented HIV and immunity and the learners interacted eagerly to the questions that were posed.  The learners performed songs and dances which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.  The first half of the programme was then concluded and the boys were dismissed to their classes.

The girls stayed behind and were given a presentation by Sr. Constance Molepo on how to use and care for the re-usable sanitary wear packs. They were very excited and inquisitive to the contents. It was so special to see how they made these packs their own.  Each of the girls present received their pack in person. Unfortunately there were several learners absent, but the girls who did not receive a pack today, will do so in the new year.

The second half of the programme was then concluded with prayer, final words of gratitude by Rev. Akih, Mr Ngobeni (the principal) and Elzaan de Villiers.

Three weeks prior to World Aids Day, the learners were prepared for the content of the special day through HIV presentations and education on the topic by Hannes and Elzaan from Building hope Foundation.

We look forward to visiting the school in February when the teachers have been able to use the various resources supplied to them and all the girls would have used the sanitary packs by then.  We will also provide you with feedback on our visit in February.

It is still early days, but the type of questions we have received on various aspects, already indicate an eagerness to understand and apply the information they have learned.

Again, on behalf of Mission4HIV from DRC Lynnwood Ridge and Building Hope Foundation, Hannes and I and Annelize Meyer sincerely thank you for your generous contribution to making this community more resilient to HIV.

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