AIDS 2016 Local Charitable Giving

The International AIDS Society (IAS) is proud to announce the launch of the official AIDS 2016 Local Charitable Giving Programme to support a local project working on the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic.

This year we have chosen to support The Gugu Dlamini Foundation, based in Durban, South Africa. Every donation you make will be matched dollar for dollar by the IAS.

The Gugu Dlamini Foundation

The Gugu Dlamini Foundation’s (GDF) mission is to improve the lives of youth, particularly young women by educating and empowering them about health-related and social issues. Their activities include capacity building in disempowered communities by disseminating accurate information on prevention and management of substance abuse, and as well as HIV and AIDS. In addition, GDF provides life skills training and programmes for children and adolescents to build effective communication and leadership skills.

In 1998, the South African National Association of People Living with HIV or AIDS and the KwaZulu Natal Department of Health urged people living with HIV (PLWHIV) and communities to break the silence surrounding HIV and AIDS.

Gugu Dlamini, an HIV positive woman from the KwaMashu township 32 kilometres from Durban, was one of the many brave individuals who decided to speak out about the silent struggle of living with HIV. She joined the National Association of People with AIDS and publicly announced her HIV positive status.

Days after her announcement, several local men attacked her, harassed her, followed her home, and ultimately stoned her to death. Gugu was only 36 years old. Her 12-year old daughter, Mandia, was left orphaned.

Gugu’s memory was not forgotten. On World AIDS Day in 2000, the Central Park was renamed Gugu Dlamini Park and the Wall of Hope monument was also dedicated to Gugu.

The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) together with collaborative partners came together to support Gugu’s daughter, Mandisa. Years later, Mandisa wished to return to the KwaMashu township to support orphan children like her. In 2010, AFSA helped Mandisa set up a non-for-profit organisation, The Gugu Dlamini Foundation (GDF).

By contributing to the AIDS 2016 Local Charitable Giving, you will help GDF fight discrimination and stigma towards people living with HIV and AIDS.