World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection
Mr.MlulekiZazini, the Secretary General of the National Association of People Living with HIV and Aids (Napwa), spoke to Eduloan and shared his experiences on the virus. He discussed the following:
1. HIV testimony
2. Living a positive lifestyle (Know your status, nutrition, treatment and positive living)
3. Rights of people living with HIV and HIV/AIDS in the workplace
4. Latest developments in research for HIV/AIDS Cure
Thereafter all staff joined hands in prayer for those infected and affected. The prayer was lead by Nkosinathi Kobo.
Below is the beaded HIV/AIDS emblem that was handed out to employees, all proceeds went to the Topsy Foundation to fund their HIV and AIDS projects.
The Topsy Foundation partners with rural communities, empowering people infected with, and affected by HIV and AIDS, through medical care, social support and skills development.
1. To offer relief, care, medical and support services, to people living with HIV and AIDS and families who are affected by HIV and AIDS, in rural communities.
2. To provide for the needs and personal development of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
3. Poverty alleviation and the empowerment of rural women through skills training and job creation.
The Shukushukuma Beadwork Project is one of the many skills development projects that they run whereby local women are taught different beading techniques by Christine Fischer, a well-known Johannesburg artist who manages the beadwork project, focusing not only on the training of the women but imparting essential knowledge pertaining to the whole process. This includes guiding the women through the production process, understanding the associated costing and marketing, in a drive towards entrepreneurial independence for the women.