The Nan Go Grannies are hosting a grandmother/granddaughter team from Swaziland, Africa: Tsabile Victoria Simelane, 56, and a granddaughter, Thandeka Carol Motsa, 19. Both work with the national grassroots organization Swaziland Positive Living (SWAPOL), and they will share their experiences of living with HIV/AIDS in their community at the Beban Park Social Centre Lounge, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, at 7 pm on Monday, November 8, 2010. Their visit is part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s AfriGrand Caravan AIDS awareness tour, including 40 stops from Newfoundland to Victoria.
“We are very excited to welcome Tsabile and Thandeka in our community, and to mobilise support for the Stephen Lewis Foundation supported programs such as SWAPOL in Swaziland,” said Donna Anthony, founding member of the Nan Go Grannies who attended the African Grandmothers’ Gathering in Swaziland last May. “We would like to thank CAW Local 114, who have donated $350 towards ferry fare and other expenses while our visitors are on Vancouver Island.”
Founded in 2001 by five HIV-positive women, including one of the first women to publicly declare her status in Swaziland, SWAPOL has grown to include more than 4,500 people living with HIV and AIDS in 46 communities across the country. It works to care for AIDS orphans, look after the sick in their homes, educate people about HIV/AIDS, provide access to HIV counselling and testing, start small businesses, cultivate community gardens, and advocate for HIV treatment and support. For more information, call Donna Anthony at 250-741-0462.