Mothers2Mothers

11 Oct

This touched my heart …

 

Each year, more babies are born with HIV in one busy clinic in Africa than in the United States, Canada and England combined.  This is because treatment to prevent HIV infection of newborns in the developed world has essentially eradicated mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

While similarly potent clinical solutions are increasingly becoming available in Africa, the impact and effectiveness for HIV-positive mothers is less successful without complementary social, emotional and psychological support.

mothers2mothers is an innovative mentoring program offering comprehensive support for HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers.

Sub-Saharan Africa shows the highest statistics of mothers and babies infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Worldwide, 1% of pregnant women are HIV-positive, 95% of these women live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Without care, about 24% of mothers transmit the virus to their newborns, and each year about 3 million of these children will die from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses.

But preventing the transmission of HIV from a mother to a child is a straightforward medical procedure. Its simplest application, a single dose of medication to a mother during labor and a dose to her infant shortly after birth, can cut transmission risk nearly in half.

 

Learn more about m2m and how you can help by clicking HERE.

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Ubuntu… Langa Township

11 Oct

Ubuntu… I am because we are.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu  explains the meaning of Ubuntu:

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

Welcome to Langa, a suburb of Cape Town, established in 1923.  Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and one of the many areas in South Africa that was designated for Black Africans before the apartheid era, some call it a ‘dumping ground’ for those forced out of their District 6 homes to make way for ‘whites’.  It was the location of much resistance to apartheid.

Today, in a country where an estimated 12% are infected with HIV/AIDS and about 25% of the population is unemployed, living on a little more than a dollar a day, most families crowd into one room shacks made from scraps, and 1000’s share rows of communal toilets.

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What could I do today to put a SMILE on some faces?

A light bulb went off in my head as I learned from a local that the residents of Langa pay 20 Rand (about $2.90) for their monthly electricity bill.  I handed out a 20 Rand bill to 80 mothers that day.  Some thought that I was crazy, some smiled shyly, and some even hugged me.  Not only did I learn what the word ubuntu meant that day, I felt it.

80 people share this communal sink in a dormitory.

Please click on the CHARITY WATER box (on the right) to help bring clean water to those in need.

It is free and just takes a few moments of your time.

SOS Children’s Village, Cape Town

11 Oct

A day in the life of an SOS mother …

Watch it on LivingBorderless or Facebook

Thank you SOS Cape Town for a making me feel so welcome.  I will be posting more video of my time spent in the Kindergarten and an interview with the principal.  I hope the books I donated to the school puts a SMILE on the faces of the children.

SOS Children’s Villages International helps more than 2000 facilities and operates in 132 countries around the world.

To learn more about how you can help, click here.


Pit Stop Cairo…

16 Sep

Life’s Good… I made a quick pit stop into Cairo to visit my family who lives there.

I am on my way to Jordan to meet my father, who is flying in from Canada, where we will make the journey to my father’s homeland Palestine!

Thanks LG for this amazing opportunity to LIVE BORDERLESS and travel the world for 80 days!

Check out the video I made flying into Cairo on my youtube channel LivingBorderless.

Hope you ‘like’ it!

 

World Literacy Day at Zimasa School, Langa Township

8 Sep

Today one in five adults is still not literate, and 67.4 million children are out of school.

I had the privilege of spending World Literacy Day at Zimasa Primary school in the Langa Township outside of Cape Town.  Zimasa is considered one of the best primary schools in the township, with dedicated and caring teachers who worry about the future of their students.  Many of the children come from extremely impoverished backgrounds, lacking food and security. Some are living without parents, being raised by older siblings, having lost their parents often due to AIDS.

School is a refuge for these children, and for some a luxury.

Some of the grades have 40, 50 and even 60 children in a class.

NGOs, like SOS, help to provide mandatory school uniforms and support the feeding programme that provides kindergarten children with 3 meals a day.  For some, school is the only place they are fed.

Although Zimasa school does have a computer lab that was donated, it does not have a library on site.  I made a donation of books to the school and am working on creating a fundraiser, in hopes that by next years World Literacy Day, Zimasa will have its own library.  As you READ this, please take the time to think about how you can make a difference in your community or in a school like Zimasa.

There are many organizations like Teachers Without Borders, SOS Children’s Schools, UNICEF, and UNESCO that need your support to continue to help the world’s 67.4 million children who are not in school.

Check out the video of my visit to Zimasa on my youtube channel LivingBorderless

or on my Facebook page Yasmene Salhia Around the World.

I hope you ‘like’ it!

Flying High over Cape Town, South Africa

8 Sep

Adios Argentina! Te echare de menos!

Overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa!

I collected all first class passengers toiletry bags and gave them out to people I met in the townships.

I will post more about my amazing days in the townships soon.

Lots of video and SMILES!

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