to read about the successful April
19 HIV/AIDS festival! 2003
HIV/AIDS Education Projects
Foundation and the United African Alliance Community Center UAACC, in
an ongoing collaboration, organized the first phase of the "Staying
Healthy….Staying Alive!" HIV/AIDS education festival this past Feb.
15, 2003. The following are
reflections of that day and plans for the future.
“There’s a war going on…no NOT the planned war against Iraq…but a war that is nevertheless, wrecking unbelievable havoc around the globe,” said Mzee Pete O’Neal, Founder and Managing Director of the United African Alliance Center UAACC during the opening hours of the Staying Healthy…Staying Alive! HIV/AIDS education festival held at UAACC’s Imbaseni Village office.
As the afternoon turned into evening and more information was shared, no one could disagree that we are indeed fighting in a war that takes no prisoners; against an enemy that cares little about the size of ones pocketbook or the color of ones skin. We’re in a war that loves the young and makes them old, loves the fat and makes them bone thin. This terrible adversary loves the sweet taste of a thriving economy and thoroughly enjoys chewing it up into delicious little pieces of ruin, scattering the leftover bits like tiny crumbs in a flock of hens. We’re in a war whose outcome will determine if our grandchildren have a world left to live in and enjoy. This fight is more serious than previous history has ever claimed and it will take the cooperation of us all to turn around the tide that is sweeping through and devastating both the villages and urban areas all over Tanzania.
The majority of the participants at the festival were young and healthy and hoping to stay that way! The community attending were brought to laughter and then at times, nearly to tears, by the impact and realism of the maigizo that was presented on that day by actors from UAACC; Maasai Arts Group and Aang Serian.
Musicians and dancers from the African Traditional Dance Group provided some much needed entertainment in the midst of such serious considerations.
Elders from the village and visitors from America added
their voices to the mix and many in the crowd were enthralled by the words and
presence of a figure most prominent in American History, Ms. Kathleen
Neal Cleaver, formerly Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party
and presently a law professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
February 15th was also the official
inauguration of a large screen video projector unit that has been especially
acquired, with assistance from the Kuji Foundation, for the
collaborative, ongoing War Against HIV/AIDS project, Staying
The Uzima Center located in Ngaranaro, Arusha, was acknowledged for having provided many of the videos that were shown that night, and people enjoyed looking and learning from them until nearly two o’clock in the morning!
Click here for more updates on the Staying Healthy...Staying Alive festival scheduled for April 19, 2003.
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HIClick here to read "Fighting the Epidemic", an article by UAACC volunteer and HIV/AIDS educator, Chris Karis.rCthe United African Alliance Community Center
place of peace, health and
The Kuji Foundation and UAACC are planning phase two of the Staying Healthy…Staying Alive! HIV/AIDS education Festival to take place April 19th at the Imbaseni School Field (next to Scripture Union) in Imbaseni Village. It is planned that this festival will involve people nationwide. If your organization wishes to participate in this festival or you require more information, please notify us at our email address: r phone 0744 593 700 or 255 3674