South Africa — Conservation Solutions: Addressing the AIDS Orphan Crisis

Spent yesterday visiting our AIDS and vulnerable children project in the Eastern Cape — the Umzi Wethu Academy for Displaced Youth — talking to the trainees and watching their program. What an impressive effort this is, and what an impact on these first 16 youth.  Since I saw them at the launch of the program last May there is such a remarkable change in them, and the program is maturing daily. In addition to the training, health care, and personal counseling, our unique addition to this field is the wilderness experience —  all of these youth have spent 3 weeks on trail, with lots more planned.  They rave about this time spent in the wilderness. The next group will start at beginning of 2007, and another a few months later. . .it’s rolling now.

Attached is a longer report:

UMZI WETHU UPDATE REPORT – OCTOBER 2006

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