Many of you have asked for more photos of different styles of angels. Carol has created a link to an album of varied angels, including some notes on how they were made. Check the website and click on “What’s new”.
A group of volunteers of all ages concerned with the effects of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. We make decorative angels to raise funds for AIDS-related projects making a difference to Africans affected by AIDS, in Malawi, Zambia & South Africa. View info about recent events and project developments here.
Thembalethu (Our Hope)
The name of the children’s shelter that
We were astonished at the deep connections that the Zulu order of nuns, Daughters of St. Francis, have in the local community. The shelter is located two hours south of
When we consider the word Hope, we think of little Sanelisiwe, a toddler who came to the shelter shortly before we arrived. She had been abandoned by her mother for days and the only brief care she received was from passing strangers. Although she has not been tested, because she does not have a birth certificate and her mother has disappeared, she most likely carries the HIV virus. At first, no one could approach her crib without her bursting into tears and crying loudly. The only way the sisters and caregivers could get her to stop was by tossing a blanket over her head. Gradually, she allowed people to hold her, and then to give her small amounts of food. By the time we left
The other program African AIDS Angels contributes to is Born to Live at St. Mary’s Hospital just outside
Where to find angel making supplies
Angel making kit complete with:
Angel making kit complete with:
Angel bodies, with 15 hair and 5 without
Will be available from Mary after May 12.
Fabric, bling, ribbon, beads
Teddy Phiri, one of our
This family of Mr and Mrs Ngwata live in Dunduzu area about 10 km from
Discovery of HIV Status
The husband in 2004 became very sick. After tests at the hospital, he was diagnosed as HIV positive and the wife was also tested and she was found positive too. Immediately both of them were put on ARVs.Community Support
Both parents informed their children of their status. The children are very supportive to their parents. For example the oldest boy and daughter are the main income generators of the family through general farming and vegetable gardening. They always make sure that parents have taken the ARVs. Due to a shortage of fertilizer they mix fertilizer and maize husks in their vegetable gardens. The vegetables grow very well (This was a new lesson learnt by us).
(Because soils in Malawi are depleted by overfarming, chemical fertilizer is necessary . However, soil can only be rebuilt with organic matter such as compost and manure. These young farmers have made a good discovery)
The wife Elita is playing a vital role in the community by encouraging people to go for testing. They informed us that there are many people in the village who are on ARVs due to their civic education.
Availability of ARVs
The medications are always available at the hospital and hospital staff are very supportive.
The family is supported by African Aids Angels in the following way.
Suggestions and notes about what you will see:
The presentation may take a while to download. If you set it up and walk away, you can return when it is downloaded. Then you can enjoy the music and images without interruption.
In sequence you will see maps to orient you to Makeni which is located on the outskirts of
Then you move to Makeni where you will see some of the workshops and photos of Rev. and Mrs. Dil, the founders of Makeni and