Monthly Archives July 2009

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


Stephen Lewis’ visit to Africa

Hi everyone – thanks for checking out the official SLF blog. My name is Gillian Mathurin, and I’m a Communications Officer with the Stephen Lewis Foundation. I’m here in Africa with Thomas Nybo (a fabulous videographer) for the next few … Continue reading


Meeting with Gogo Maria

Today we went to visit a spunky great-grandmother named Maria in Lower Molweni, a township deep in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. I met Maria at Siyabonga’s birthday party on Friday afternoon at Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust. Maria has … Continue reading