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Home from South Africa

We all know that the HIV/AIDs is wrecking havoc in Africa. Yet we rarely hear the stories of the courage and capacity of women on the front lines of this panedemic.

Since I am involved in international development, I have witnessed both the intense and growing need on the ground, but I have also been priveledged to witness the courage of African women in caring for their own, walking for hours to care for those bedridden and alone, without family care. These women are washing and feeding those that the medical infrastructure will never reach, without pay or supplies. Sometimes even their family does not support their efforts, as stigmatization and their own families needs call them away.

I have asked these women "Why are you doing this?" and they say, "One human being can not allow another human being to suffer and die all alone, now can they?"
Or, "Caring for one another" is what defines us as human, "Umbuntu", is what the Zulu call this. Meeting these women, volunteer Home Based Care givers, inspires me, to reach out ever more to my global community and promote solutions.

This longing, to be part of solutions, is what draws me to Pulse Wire, our new meeting space. I am eager to connect with women grassroots leaders myself, but also to connect others I know to this community to unleash the wisdom, love and labor of women, to address the most pressing social and environmental problems in our world, together.

Comments

Hi Lynn-

Thanks so much for putting your voice out to the community with your profile and journal. It's great know that you'll be able to take us with you on your many adventures. I'm so hoping you'll have time to check in every once in a while and use this as your "live journal"... just to keep us all up to date on the many exciting events and happening that are going on in your world.

Have you checked out the group called "Investing in People and Their Ideas?" It's administered by our own Cynthia Casas, Director of Partnerships. You can view that group's profile and join by following this link:
http://beta.pulsewire.net/groups/566.

We would be honored if you would consider joining the group and adding your thoughts to the the conversation that's happening there, too.

Looking forward to seeing you next time you're in Portland!

Maria Jett, Online Community Director

johnsonssempijja's picture

thanks

thanks for your great services you offer in this world and l amtruly glad, hope you may also Bring your services down in uganda?
Johnson ssempijja
www.panetphotographer.cfsites.org

ila's picture

keep writing!

please share more with us as you continue on many journeys ahead, you have much inspiration to offer. thank you, lynn. xoxoxxo

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