God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Reflections / Gedanken

05.12.2009 visitor…

Friday’s FIFA draw brought a lot of visitors to Cape Town. Before the draw I had the pleasure to meet with The Begum Aga Khan, who also happens to be the patron of the Berlin AIDS Gala. As HOPE Cape Town benefits from the Berlin AIDS Gala, the Princess wanted to see the project and we spend more than 2 hours at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital where she was introduced to the project and its work. She came in touch with our little patients and their parents and could get first hand experience about the consequences of the pandemic. The kids were also excited to get also an early Christmas…

Such visits are very important, do I feel every time with such a visitor, that I fulfill my purpose: being a bridge between different worlds and trying to help to understand each other. And it is ont only a one-way road. For many patients it is also a very first opportunity to come in close contact with Europeans, their thinking and their habits. Such a visit, well prepared, serves all parties. But I must add that we from HOPE Cape Town never put up a “programme” – no singing, dancing, saying a poem. We are not producing a show and when I hear of or have to attend such a ‘show’ it leaves always a bitter taste. Life as it is, that is what visitors, dignities, officials or Mr. Mustermann should touch and feel and smell and taste. Nothing more. Life is so exciting, one does not need show in such an environment. For this, Artscape or any other theater is a the right place.

Well, the visit went very well and we will meet again in Berlin @ the Berlin AIDS Gala 2010. I am looking forward to it and I know, that a further piece of South African reality will be present there next year. So, not only for some soccer teams, but also for HOPE Cape Town was the 4.12. a good day.

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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