Stephen Lewis in Africa, July 2009

Videos: Gumboot dancing with MTCC

Here’s a little glimpse of what gumboot dancing looks like in action: To read more about gumboot dancing and the work of the Music Therapy Community Clinic in South Africa, check out the blog post from our visit.

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Last day in Uganda

Today is our last day in Uganda, and the official end of the trip. Tomorrow morning at 4am, Thomas and I will head to the airport and begin our respective long journeys home. We spent our last day in Kampala … Continue reading


A Message for Orphans: “We can be anything… The sky can be the limit”

Today, on our last day in Jinja, Thomas and I returned to PEFO to interview Justine Ojambo, one of the organization’s founders… Continue reading

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Jaja Sylvia’s Story

This morning we accompanied Angela, St. Francis’ capable young Grandmothers Officer, on a visit to one of the jajas (grandmothers) in the community. Continue reading

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Turning the Tide of HIV/AIDS: St. Francis Health Care Centre

This morning we set out to visit St. Francis Health Care Centre, which is also located in Jinja. As we approached the gate, we saw a throng of people at the entrance, holding signs and singing. St. Francis staff wore t-shirts emblazoned with the St. Francis logo and on the back it said ‘Help Turn the Tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa’. Continue reading

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PEFO: A Window of Hope

On Monday morning, we made our way to PEFO’s new offices on the outskirts of Jinja. Justin introduced the staff and told us more about PEFO’s extensive programming for local grandmothers and the children in their care Continue reading

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Travel to Uganda and Stephen’s visit to Hillcrest

Today was a travel day for all of us. We started the morning bright and early with a flight from Durban to Johannesburg. After a lengthy sojourn in the Joburg airport, we boarded a flight to Entebbe, Uganda. (As we … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Care Under One Blue Roof

This morning we headed to the Blue Roof Wellness Centre, in the Wentworth area of Durban, where the HIV infection rate has been estimated to be as high as 40%. A former nightclub-turned-clinic in one of the most violent areas … Continue reading


Positive living: Jabu’s story

Today, we flew back to Durban bright and early so that we could spend the day with Jabu, a beadworker with the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust.  The Centre is located in the town of Hillcrest, in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. … Continue reading


Using Music When Words Fail

For many children, it is nearly impossible to express the trauma of losing their parents to AIDS, or what it means to have lived with violence or abuse.  They lack the words to explain why they’re grieving, and are unable … Continue reading