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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    and joined RFFA as I felt that Marion had the right answers for Rotary s involvement in HIV AIDS In 2007 our Rotary club organised an adventure to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to support RFFA and two other Rotary projects in Africa Our Kili 28 8 team of 16 visited the Mathare slums on the outskirts of Nairobi with the Rotary Club of Nairobi our wonderful hosts in Kenya We were shown around by HOPE World Wide and RFFA s Orphan Rescue team in Nairobi 600 000 people exist here Here where all semblance of humanity is all but gone Rotarians are working hard at saving orphans and giving them a chance in life Amongst the worst living conditions imaginable here were Rotarians picking up kids and giving them clothing food and shelter Rotary s RFFA is working in partnership with HOPE World Wide None of the team left Mathare without being deeply moved Some of us were in tears during the visit and I am sure that this visit alone has changed everyone in the team Personally I am more focused than ever on getting RFFA Australia into action We invite anyone interested to join us on our next adventure

    Original URL path: http://www.rffa.org/forum-email.php?forumid=9 (2016-04-29)
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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    Children like Reagan Mothers with babies and toddlers waiting so patiently with great dignity for the most basic health care The sun was hot and the area around the building dry and dusty and water was limited Still they waited some times for days wearing all the clothing they owned I was awed by their great kindness and patience The children were naturally curious though shy to see and touch our pale skin and hair I think I may have terrified some of the youngest one who had never seen someone blond before They cried loudly before they even saw a Doctor It is impossible to know these children to see their faces and watch them cope with their daily lives in an environment more dreadful than most Americans can even imagine and not want to help in every way possible As we filmed Reagan and his school mates it hurt and angered us to see a uniform sweater that was more raveled thread than knitting In the video watch as Reagan puts on the socks that are not even there to go to school Every child living in these circumstances deserves hope for a better future This hope and

    Original URL path: http://www.rffa.org/forum-email.php?forumid=8 (2016-04-29)
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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    with federal agencies to seek HIV AIDS funding for children in Africa Those dreams are being realized today and I have now walked with Marion in Reagan s challenging Kenyan neighborhood The great good that is being done is evident to all and many children with stories like Reagan s are being helped It is our honor at HOPE worldwide to partner with RFFA in this life changing cause Thank

    Original URL path: http://www.rffa.org/forum-email.php?forumid=7 (2016-04-29)
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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    Reagan s life However there are 12 million Reagans out there in Africa male and female waiting for someone to give them hope and a future You can be that someone by joining an or contributing to RFFA and its activities I joined RFFA because by doing so I could make a difference and create a small island of hope in that ocean of desperate need I joined the board

    Original URL path: http://www.rffa.org/forum-email.php?forumid=6 (2016-04-29)
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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    Zone Institute to about 500 Rotarians and in the front row was the President of Rotary International Bhichai Rattakul of Thailand former Deputy Prime Minister of that country When I was done with my speech he led a standing ovation then came up and reached for my hands across the podium and said Marion will you help me put together a plan to help the victims of AIDS especially the children of Africa I gulped and said Yes Sir of course But inwardly I thought what am I going to do and will I be able to do it I went back to the concept once again of partnership I knew Rotarians role would be that of volunteer support I needed an AIDS expert organization once again and I called upon HOPE worldwide whose Regional Director of Africa I had met in 2001 I also thought it would be great if we could get a multinational corporation involved that worked in Africa I began talking to The Coca Cola Company both here in Atlanta headquarters as well as in Africa It took awhile to get to the right decision makers that s for another chapter and Coca Cola finally agreed to help us I learned that we would need a Monitoring and Evaluating partner if we were going to do a large multi country AIDS program in Africa I asked Dr Jim Curran Dean of the School of Public Health if Emory University would take on that role and he said yes Finally we needed a lot of money and a new friend Sandy Thurman called and asked me if she could help I quickly said yes and she suggested that we all go after PEPFAR funds President Bush s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Sandy is the former White

    Original URL path: http://www.rffa.org/forum-email.php?forumid=5 (2016-04-29)
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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    not a gut level They like all teenagers felt invincible They figured that HIV would be contracted by the other guy not them I also realized that Rotarians were not AIDS experts Rotary s biggest asset is its human resource capacity There are 1 2 Million Rotarians in over 200 countries in the world who choose to do volunteer work in their local communities In Georgia there are 70 Rotary Clubs and thousands of Rotarians So I believed partnership between Rotarians in Georgia with a group that could design an AIDS Awareness program for the school children was the answer I therefore cold called the Executive Director of AID Atlanta Tony Braswell and presented my idea of partnership to him and his management team Remember this was 1997 and very few people in mainstream society were openly discussing AIDS Well the AID Atlanta group looked at me like I was half crazy and said We ve tried to get into the schools but they have turned us down I said You don t understand something Rotary IS THE SCHOOLS we are the superintendents the school board members and so on If YOU design a program WE will get it approved And we did We got it approved in 28 County and City school systems AID Atlanta created a program whereby young adults that live with HIV speak openly about their personal story to the teenagers in the middle and high schools of Georgia They meet in a general assembly setting for one hour Rotarians introduce the program AID Atlanta speakers talk and then there is a general question answer period The speakers are given a stipend by Rotary Clubs to make this effort It is a powerful and sobering message to the students Today 2010 over 354 000 students in

    Original URL path: http://www.rffa.org/forum-email.php?forumid=4 (2016-04-29)
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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    named Jerry died of AIDS in 1994 This is not something any mother is prepared to experience much less from a disease that no one wants to discuss AIDS is so stigmatized and anyone that has it is discriminated against even today in America It was an extremely isolating experience for Jerry for me and our entire family Jerry died the year before the anti retroviral drugs were discovered so AIDS at the time meant an ultimate death sentence I remember Jerry telling me every week which one of his friends died maybe John or Mary or whoever but they died alone in the hospital without any family support There is such extreme prejudice associated with HIV AIDS and a false belief that it is the result of a few promiscuous people having multiple sex partners I did nothing for 3 years after Jerry died and really couldn t talk about it without crying But then one day I was sitting in my Rotary Club meeting and saw a headline in the Club bulletin announcing that the Rotary International President wanted to do something in the fight against AIDS Right then and there Jerry impatiently tapped me on the shoulder whispered in my ear to get up and get going and do something about it It was clearly an Epiphany of a moment that changed my life forever I took one small step to do something in 1997 and that one small step has resulted in my leading a global organization called Rotarians For Fighting AIDS RFFA We focus our work primarily in Africa but Rotarians and friends from all over the world have begun to help us make a difference In this online community I will share this incredible unbelievable journey that I have been on since 1997 the

    Original URL path: http://www.rffa.org/forum-email.php?forumid=3 (2016-04-29)
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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    them and us U S or Europe etc There are such extremes in the world not only in terms of poverty levels but also health care infrastructure literacy stable or unstable governments and especially the rights of women The women in the developing world have NO rights especially when it comes to negotiating safer sex regardless of whether the partner is her husband and or is HIV Positive That was really a surprise to me and has continued to be a very concerning issue On that first trip I learned so much And I also had a particularly memorable experience You have to remember that I am only a Mom that lost a child to AIDS not a Public Health Expert nor a World Traveler When we were in Kampala Uganda the Rotarians there wanted to take us to a rural area about an hour s drive from the capitol city They wanted us to meet a Grandmother of ten grandchildren whose parents had ALL died of AIDS and she ended up being responsible for raising these ten children The Kampala Rotarians were very proud of the fact that they had built her a much better hut for her to live in with the children We arrived at her humble hut and she was so surprised that she had visitors Three of her grandchildren were hanging on her skirts very shy of strangers We explained through translators that we were from the United States and that we were hoping that many Rotarians would be able to help her and others like her She became quite animated and she told us that she wanted to begin a business whereby she would earn money by buying and then re selling coal to the people in the community We casually asked her how

    Original URL path: http://www.rffa.org/forum-email.php?forumid=2 (2016-04-29)
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