God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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A busy week for HOPE Cape Town

Even in the week leading to Easter there is still much to do and reflect before relaxing and enjoying the Easter holidays. HOPE Cape Town was searching for a new HOPE doctor and it seems that we found even two, sharing the workload and bringing in their dedication and adding so to the excellence of HOPE Cape Town. If everything goes alright then from the 1st of April / 1st of May respectively we are complemented with the two medical women.At the same time the back office of HOPE Cape Town Trust and Association needed a new secretary to support Kerstin Behlau. Also these negotiations are looking good and hopefully April will see the additional full-time secretary starting her work with HOPE Cape Town.
And when in May our program coordinator will commence her work, then we are complete again and the time of transition is coming somehow to an end. New ideas, new thinking is also needed to redefine our relationship with the Ithemba Ward, which will move in due course from G7 to G10. What can HOPE Cape Town add to the wards work 12 years after the organization’s first task was to set up the ward? In the moment even the playroom is occupied with little patients, so there is clearly much to do, but work has in the fields of HIV and AIDS always redefined as it is a very dynamic field.

The Bishop of Trier / Germany will also come in the week after Easter to visit HOPE Cape Town and to get more knowledge about the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. He is the latest of a row of visitors coming from all corners of life: parliamentarians, students, medical doctors, ministers, sponsors, donors and even those who are just curious to see what it means to live side by side with HIV and poverty. We from HOPE Cape Town are always very happy to take the visitors out and introduce them to the realities on the ground. So there is no kid handing a bunch of flowers to the visitors but whatever is present at the time of the visit is shown by HOPE Cape Town and experienced by the visitors. Real life experience does not need much explanation or planing – the moment where two worlds meet in the persons present is mostly enough to change hearts and minds and foster more understanding for each other.

So even a short week like the Holy week before Easter is full of puzzling and planing and it feels so alive – this organization called HOPE Cape Town.

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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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