We had to postpone our celebration of World AIDS Day until today as on Monday the roads were blocked with burning tyres. Even so by driving down at 5am in the morning David was able to get in and out of the township and deliver the food for our TB/HIV group just in time before the protests and the tyres were set alight.
So today everything was quiet and we held our memorial for all the relatives and friends we have lost to HIV/AIDS over the years. Rachel presented a new powerpoint covering the 20 years we have worked in Diepsloot focusing on the development of our many HIV programmes and support for those infected and affected with HIV.
The women had made new banners and after we prayed and sang, everyone wrote the names of lost loved ones on stickers and we made a procession to our lovely fig tree which stands right next to our memorial rose garden, where we placed their names on the branches. There beneath the leafy branches we have placed a new bench, donated by a a friend, so that anyone who wishes to can sit and enjoy the rose garden and meditate on those they have lost.