‘Stories of hope’ mark Aids Day

2009-11-23 00:00

TO mark World Aids Day on December 1, the new series of Kaelo – Stories of Hope will include inspiring stories about how South Africans are taking a stand against HIV/Aids.

The popular series, now entering its fifth season, tells uplifting, inspirational stories about how companies, communities, development organisations, government and individuals are working together to make a difference in South Africa.

In the first episode, which will be broadcast on SABC1 at 12.30 pm on November 29, Kaelo profiles how one woman’s dedication and sense of community has brought about remarkable change in a rural Sekhukhune community in Limpopo.

After witnessing the devastating effects of HIV/Aids, Maserame Mashoke formed the Mahlasedi Young Women’s Organisation. “There were many problems in the villages; young girls getting pregnant and not going to school and not working. We sat down and discussed these problems. I knew we could do something,” says Mashoke.

With the help of local volunteers and funding support from MTN, the organisation now provides home-based care and much needed food, life skills and support to orphans and vulnerable children from 12 villages.

Another story in the series takes viewers to Soweto where soccer and sport is being used to educate young teenagers about HIV/Aids.

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