One never, ever knows, at any time in ones life, just what event will lead to something unexpected.
In 2000, Carol Hofmeyer, a doctor and an artist, retired to the beautiful area of Eastern Cape in South Africa. AIDS was rampant at the time. In contrast to the rural beauty, the local people were suffering from un-treatable AIDS. As the young adults died, they left orphaned children. The elderly women had to take over caring for them. Across Africa, there were millions of orphaned children.
In the village of Hamburg, Carol Hofmeyer started to teach the women how to sew as a means for them to earn a living. They designed panels showing the abundance and beauty of their area and contrasted it with the devastation caused by AIDS.
In 2003, the Keiskammen Trust was established which combined the Art Project and AIDS Treatment Program. This short movie is worth watching. You will see the Altarpiece, the details and and an explanation. You will also see the beauty of Eastern Cape and the treatment of the AIDS Pandemic. The ‘mini glimpse’ included here is only a blink of the total.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation was formed in 2003 specifically to fund and support the needs of the families in many countries affected by AIDS.
Guelph GoGo Grandmothers is one of 250 groups in Canada that raises funds to assist the grandmothers and young mothers. They are also involved in education, and with other issues, Our local group, founded in 2006, is very active in raising money. There must be thousands of other groups world wide.