God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Thoughts, inside, comments of a Catholic priest

20.10.2009 HOPE Cape Town Newsletter 03/09

HOPE Newsletter No. 03/ 2009

hiv outreach program & education

Cape Town

Dear Friends of HOPE Cape Town,

Once again we are happy to get the latest news about our work out to you. Enjoy the read!

1. HOPE Cape Town & Academic Collaboration

For several years now, HOPE Cape Town has been in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch. Not only are our offices at the campus of the Faculty of Health Sciences; as of recently HOPE Cape Town has also been registered as a Community Interaction Project with the University. We are very proud to have been awarded first prize and R 20,000 for a poster presentation at the Academic Year Day and we will reinvest these funds into our community outreach work collaboration with Stellenbosch University Grass Roots Projects.

We were also very pleased to have had Moritz Eßer and Sebastian Leisten with us in August, two students in nutritional science from the HS Niederrhein in Moenchengladbach, Germany. In cooperation with the Department of Nutrition at Stellenbosch University, the two assisted with the initiation of a study about nutritional habits in various low income communities in Cape Town. The “Fruitdays” organized by them in the townships to encourage healthy eating habits were a big success! We thank Sebastian and Moritz for their commitment and enthusiasm and are looking forward to continued collaboration in future.

2. HOPE Cape Town Events

From 18 until 20 August, an e-Learning Workshop took place at Tygerberg Campus, jointly organized by InWent Capacity Building International and HOPE Cape Town. Representatives from various institutions (e.g. University of the Western Cape, Immunopaedia, South African AIDS Foundation, HOPE Cape Town, Walter Sizulu University und University of Stellenbosch) came together to exchange experiences and ideas around e-Learning in the HIV & AIDS field. We would like to thank all participants and especially the facilitators Dr. Klemens Ochel and Alexander Kaufmann from the Medical Mission Institute Wuerzburg for this successful event.

In the beginning of September, the three-day concert tour „African Voices for HOPE” took place in Munich and Nuremberg in cooperation with the German AIDS Foundation and the Cape Town Opera.

A choir of 28 singers from the Cape Town Opera sang a selection of South African Gospel songs, Afro-American spirituals and famous opera pieces, partly translated into African languages. All proceeds of the concerts were donated to the HOPE Kapstadt Stiftung as well as to the community and outreach programme of the Cape Town Opera. We thank the companies Process Consulting, “Die Offensive”, the Round Table Germany and the Nuremberg Theatre for their support and cooperation and especially Dr. Susanne Reuther for all her hard work and committed efforts!

For the fourth time, Viola Klein, Saxonia Systems AG and Promovar Unternehmensbeteiligungen AG are organizing a charity gala in Dresden for the benefit of HOPE Cape Town together with many sponsors and supporters. The HOPE Gala will take place on 31 October 2009 at the Schauspielhaus Dresden. As every year, excellent entertainment and a range of popular artists are guaranteed. Please visit the following homepage: www.hopegala.de.

For the first time, Viola Klein will also organize the Ithemba AIDS Symposium 2009, to take place on October 30 in Dresden. HOPE co-founder Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler will discuss latest developments around HIV & AIDS with high-profile representatives from the scientific and medicial arenas. For more information please go to www.dresdner-aids-symposium.de.

We thank Viola for her outstanding and never-ending creativity, commitment and support for HOPE Cape Town!

3. HOPE Cape Town & Weltwaerts

It has been more than a year that the official cooperation between HOPE and the DED (German Development Service) as part of the Weltwaerts Volunteer Programme was launched. Our first Weltwarts volunteers, Andreas Hagen and Valentin Niebler, have successfully completed their year as “guinea pigs” and are back in Germany to commence their studies. We would like to thank them both for their wonderful work and all their help while they were with HOPE and wish them all the best for their future.

Their successors have already started their orientation with HOPE Cape Town – welcome Nadine Bayer and Malene Hummel. We see forward to another successful year with Weltwaerts.

4. HOPE Cape Town inside

HOPE co-founder Stefan Hippler is going to leave his post as Chaplain of the German-speaking Catholic Community in Cape Town on 30 September 2009 and will commence his work as „Fidei Donum“ priest within the Archdiocese of Cape Town from 1 October 2009. As such he will be working for the Catholic AIDS Network as well as for other projects related to HIV & AIDS.  We are looking forward to Stefan’s further involvement with HOPE Cape Town.

We also welcome Professor Bernd Rosenkranz from the Department of Pharmacology, Stellenbosch University, as new HOPE Management member and look forward to working with him for many years to come!

Please visit our newly revamped website www.hopecapetown.com regularly in order to be up to date about the latest developments of our work.

With warm regards,

Yasmin Smith (previously Buettgen)

Project Supervisor HOPE Cape Town Association

HOPE Cape Town Trust & Association

P.O. Box 19145 – Tygerberg 7505 – Cape Town – South Africa

PBO No 18/11/13/4709   Association – NPO No 031-599-NPO    Association – NPO No 053-417-NPO    Trust

PBO No. 930024843        Trust

Bank Details South Africa:

Standard Bank – Cape Town Branch (Code 020009) – Acc. #: 0706 15551 – Acc. Holder: HOPE Cape Town

Bank Details Germany:

Dresdner Bank Bonn (BLZ 370 800 40) – Acc. #: 211 402 100 – Acc. Holder: Katholisches Auslandssekretariat – Reference: HOPE

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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