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By: Stephen Lewis
AIDS Free World
June 22nd, 2010.
Op-Ed Guest Columnist
Published: April 17, 2010
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Renowned auction house Bonhams, has chosen to support Keep a Child Alive through Bonham’s ‘Africa Now’ Art Auction on March 10, 2010 at 2PM at Bonhams NY: 580 Madison Avenue.
This auction is very special as it will be the first commercial auction of African contemporary art ever to be held in the US, and features work by both new and established African artists.
Giles Peppiatt, Director of African Art at Bonhams says, â€œWe are greatly honoured that â€˜Keep a Child Aliveâ€™ has agreed to partner at this event. Their credentials as a leading ambassador for African issues made them a natural choice to introduce this stunning collection of the best of contemporary African Art.â€
Among the beautiful pieces of art in the auction is a Malick Sidibe, from Mali, piece whose sale will benefit Keep a Child Alive’s work.
For any inquiries email: email@example.com
Thank you to Bonhams & The Jack Shainman Gallery.]]>
Check out this event: Her Name is Zelda…an evening celebrating Ms. Zelda Kaplan.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
609 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
Gen Art Members: $40 / ticket
Non-Members: $50 / ticket
Gen Art invites members and supporters to celebrate the life of living legend Zelda Kaplan.
7-8:00pm Red Carpet Arrivals
7-10:00pm Sponsored Bar
9:00pm Toast to Zelda
10-11:00pm: Cash Bar
Gen Art & Cocody Productions invites you to celebrate the life of living legend, global womensâ€™ and childrensâ€™ rights activist & New York nightlife Queen, Zelda Kaplan, benefitting her charity of choice, Keep A Child Alive.
Event Co-Chairs Jake Bright, Keri Ingvarsson, Mia Morgan
Event Committee: Lydia Hearst, Cynthia Karalla, Tim Ferris, Ian Gerard, Kaitlyn Vignola, Noah G. Pop, Daniel Stark, Olusola Ajayi,Tunde Agboke, Femi Agboola, Ger Duane, Cathy Ntabadde, Ken Oriwa & Roger Webster
Complimentary beverages will be provided by Amnesia NYC (Including: Absolut, Bacardi Rum, Corona, Amstel, domestic/imported wines, sparkling wine).
Live African band Maxindenkalu; recording artist Army of Me; and DJAKE
Amazing works by several visual artists and famous photographers will be available at auction.
Contributing photographers include Patrick McMullan, Gideon Lewin, Gomillion & Leopold, Noah G. Pop, Timothy White, Andres Serrano, Joyce Tenneson, Victoria Will, Bill Heuberger,
Caroline Knopf, Emma Cleary and Ellen von Unwerth.
Special Thanks Amnesia NYC, Cocody Productions, Gen Art, MAC, Mushana, New York
Magazine, New York Social Diary, Stark Design, Tokion, Time Out NY and
This Valentine’s Day, you can help keep more people like Webb & Margaret alive. Give $5 Text “ALIVE” to 90999 to donate to Keep a Child Alive.
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Back home in Tampa, FL where there has been a record cold and school has already started back up…safe to say I already miss South Africa. I miss more than just the amazing, summer days though. I miss the people, the food…I miss everything. This opportunity will be one I will never forget. I was nervous about traveling 19 hours to a foreign continent to be immersed in something I still knew very little about; but that all changed the moment we landed in Durban. The people I met were all amazing. They were so welcoming and warm. Complete strangers would invite us into their homes and tell us their fascinating stories, and then hug us as we said our goodbyes. It seemed like everywhere we went, from the clinics to the townships to the upscale communities of Joburg, everyone would wave and smile.
Since coming home, I have been busy at work getting countless photos developed as well as editing together some video footage of our trip. I’m also already planning out shows to hold where 100% of all proceeds will go towards KCA. Lastly, Iâ€™m already trying to map out my return to the beautiful country of South Africa in the next couple summers. After talking with the all the people I was fortunate to come across, and to see how much KCA does for them, I realized how much I truly want to help out in anyway I can. As clichÃ©d as it sounds, KCA and South Africa will always hold a place in my heart.
Each of the sites that we visited (The Blue Roof Clinic, Bobbi Bear, Agape, and Ikageng) is run by four of the strongest and most inspirational women I have ever met. Their desire to make the lives of those around them better, their love for each one of these people, and their dedication to what they do have made these women four of my top role models in life. After speaking to any number of people affected by their work, they have nothing but good things to say, getting emotional at times because they cannot put into words how much they love these women.
One of the most memorable stories that I had shared with me was that of a child-headed family of four girls and one boy supported by Ikageng. The four girls lost both their parents and were left on their own to take care of each other a few years ago. Nokulunga, the eldest of the four girls stood up to the challenge and has been a mother figure to these girls ever since. In April of last year, she gave birth to a son of her own, so takes care of him, as well. She is only seventeen years old, but takes her role very seriously and loves her family with all her heart. Nokulunga means â€œmother of kindnessâ€, which is such a fitting name for her. She wants good things for her family, so she has arranged to have her son taken care of while she attends school again this year. This family is one of the strongest families I have seen despite the circumstances they face and I felt the love they share as soon as I met them. When asking one of the younger girls, Zandile, about her older sister and Mum Carol, who runs Ikageng, she immediately exclaimed that she loved them both dearly. It was beautiful!
This trip has really opened my eyes to the work of Keep a Child Alive. I had visited a few of the sites on my previous trip to South Africa, but actually going with KCA allowed me to see how truly passionate everyone is about the work they do for so many people in South Africa. It makes me genuinely happy to know that I have been raising money over the past four years for such an impactful and worthwhile cause. I am so grateful to KCA for the experience, and I hope that my involvement with them will continue to grow. I also encourage anyone who is not a part of KCA to get involved.
Dr. Pasquine Ogunsanya reports that the clinic is already seeing a greater influx of patients in 2010. She says, “It has been constantly busy with both the inner reception and overflow reception full. They have all asked me to wish you a Happy New Year and a big thank you for their lives.”
Join KCA in 2010 and help Alive Medical Services care for many more patients in need.
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This past trip was to show some of our KCA College students how Keep a Child Alive works on the ground. KCA works to provide anti-retroviral treatment at no cost to patients at the Blue Roof along with comprehensive care, we work with Bobbi Bear to give abused children a voice in ZA, we take care of orphaned children at Agape and give them a loving home and help Ikageng & Mum Carol to be a family to 1715 children who have lost their parents and live in child-headed households. For me, watching Dan & Jess immersed in the South African culture and embrace these children and talk with patients was phenomenal and that was what the trip was all about. I know that these two will take what they saw with them and carry it into everything they do.
There is one moment from our trip to ZA that I must share. On our last day in ZA, we joined Mum Carol on home visits to 4 child-headed households that are under the care of Ikageng. These are households of children who have lost their parents and only children are left in the families. Our very last visit was to see brothers Arthur and James on the very edge of the township in Soweto. They have lost both their parents and have no other family to live with – they were left with the shack their parents owned. It is at the bottom of a little hill which means all the rain runs into their home, they have one bed, one sofa and a stove top lit with a match. But let me tell you, it was the most immaculate house I’ve ever seen for boys! Arthur is 19 years old and is in his second year of accounting at uni and lives in residency (funded by Ikageng) which leaves his younger brother James at home alone. James just passed his matric (high school final exams) and we are very proud of him! He has such big dreams and wants to go to school to study Marketing and also play soccer. Even with all their loss, these boys were all smiles and have the biggest dreams in the world. This describes the beauty and hope that these children somehow maintain amongst everything that has happened to them. These children are heroes to me. Ikageng makes these dreams possible and continues to do so for so many children of Soweto. That is why Mum Carol is a superwoman to us at KCA and a mother to the hundreds of children at Ikageng.
I am so thankful to be apart of the Keep a Child Alive family and coming back here to NYC just means that I get to continue my work for these children and families. I urge you in this new year of 2010 to think about these children and the stories we’ve told from our trips and how you can help them. Text ALIVE to 90999 to donate $5 to Keep a Child Alive or head to www.keepachildalive.org to make a tax-deductible donation online. I think you know what you have to do next.
All my love,
xo Busiswe (my Zulu name) / Louise]]>
Leaving Durban was very sad and I was absolutely dreading leaving the Blue Roof after an incredible week with the staff there and all the patients welcoming us in, but we had to leave nonetheless. Thank goodness our South African mother, Auntie Rhona, who is the Director of the Blue Roof Clinic in Durban decided to come with us to Jo’burg to visit Ikageng because I couldn’t handle another goodbye!
We landed in Jo’burg and immediately felt the difference now being up in the mountains at a much higher altitude and away from the ocean where we were in Durban. We headed straight to Soweto to meet the wonder woman known as Mum Carol at Ikageng Itireleng AIDS Ministry. Ikageng Itireleng means ‘helping others help themselves’ and that is exactly what Mum Carol and the staff here accomplish. Because HIV/AIDS has wiped out an entire generation of parents, too many children have been orphaned and abandoned here in South Africa. It is heartbreaking to see little children running around, but knowing they don’t have parents to go home to at night. Mum Carol is a mother to 1715 children here in Soweto, a township outside of Johannesburg that have lost their own parents. She runs a beautiful project that gives children the opportunity to come together, share their stories, become a family, have an education and ultimately, gives each of these children a mothers’ love and hope for the future. To see her interact with each and every child that comes to Ikageng is beyond. She knows every story, every name and how they are doing in school.
We had the opportunity to be at Ikageng while there was a support group running. There were about 50 children singing and dancing together when we first arrived. We joined in and I was over-enjoyed by the smiles on their faces. We split into groups of 10 to talk about how 2009 was, what they are leaving in the past, what they are excited for in the new year and what 2010 means to them. I had the chance to sit with 10 children ages 9-17, each with an incredibly unique story. What amazed me was how passionate each child was about school and their goals in 2010 to do better in school and make their families proud. I want to tell you a story about a family of 4 girls who live in a child-headed household in Soweto and are apart of the program at Ikageng. Nokulunga is the eldest at 17 years old and looks after her 13 year old and twin-10 year old sisters. Their parents died a few years ago which left these 4 girls to fend for themselves. Nokulunga just gave birth in April of last year and now has a beautiful baby boy to add to the family, leaving her to look after her 3 younger sisters and now a newborn child. When I asked Nokulunga how 2009 was, she said it was a good year – I cannot complain, my baby is healthy, we have food to eat and all my sisters are still with me. Nevermind the fact Nokulunga (which means ‘the good one’) lost her parents, is now a single-parent and had to drop out of school but somehow with a huge smile on her face she said 2009 was a good year. She is hoping to be back at school this year and will find someone to look after her son. The strength this young girl at 17 years of age is absolutely beyond me – but this is exactly the reason why Mum Carol has created Ikageng, to look after these children, and this is just one story. There are hundreds of thousands more.
Our trip is quickly coming to an end here in South Africa but it just makes me realize our huge the need here is. These children and families need us. Our work is more crucial now in the lives of these people than ever and we must help. I know not everyone can make it to Africa to witness these stories but I hope our stories will touch you and move you to a place where you understand how necessary it is to join this Keep a Child Alive movement. Please donate at www.keepachildalive.org or you can text the word ALIVE to 90999 in the U.S to donate $5 to Keep a Child Alive right now.
So much love,