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SOUTH AFRICA - PORT ELISABETH

Tonny Masha began courting folks in the Port Elizabeth (PE) area when he did a workshop there. Port Elizabeth is the home of Nelson Mandela Municipal University, formerly Port Elizabeth University. The school has a huge presence and exerts its awesome energy on the community and thus gives PE a unique identity. There are active groups working to end violence against women and others, along with the university, working on HIV/AIDS. Bringing the two contingents together was very successful.

- Tonny Chatting with Participants on a Break -
- Luck Gerhard Organized the Group -

Luck organized a Task Team from the first workshop and then set about to do outreach for an expanded Port Elizabeth Area Coalition. Tonny invited Founder and Director Sally Fisher and South African Coordinator Cookie Edwards to come to the Eastern Cape and to do an expanded Coalition Building Session for the group in PE.
We had a very successful Session and all of the mechanisms for a successful Coalition are in place.

Once the Coalition Building Session was complete Luck took Edwards, Fisher and Masha out for a day of sight visits around the area. Among the places on our list was the township of Motherwell.

Small Community Clinic
Dr. and Sister
at Motherwell Community
Clinic Garden

Motherwell is an enormous township, housing 350,000 to 400,000 people, where we visited projects, individuals, organizations, and medical facilities. We met with youth, we met with women, and we met with people working to end HIV, and those working to end violence. At the Motherwell Community Health Center we went into the clinic pharmacy where we saw huge supplies of antiretrovirals. Someone commented that it was wonderful that these drugs are available free of charge to the community, but we were told that many of the clinic patients who need the drugs cannot afford the food needed to effectively take the medications. At a small community clinic the patients and staff grow vegetables in an attempt to make sure that they can take their medications.

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