Our Vision: A vibrant, restored Rabuor and her neighboring communities offering new beginnings for generations to come. Value Proposition: Hope Has a Home Here!
In 2019, I signed on to serve on the Board of Directors for Mwanzo, and donated regularly before that, partly because I saw in this work the opportunity to make reparations in some way for the failure of our country to respond as a global citizen to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and other formerly colonized parts of the world.
Although the illness, later identified as AIDS, emerged in 1982, it was not until 2000 that the UN Security Council identified AIDS as a security threat. Only then did a robust response to help the countries most impacted arise. In the United States, it wasn’t until Rep. Barbara Lee, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, wrote a letter in December, 2002 to President Bush calling on the U.S. to take greater action to galvanize the global response to the crisis. The next month President Bush established the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and budgeted $15B over the next five years to fight HIV/AIDS. (https://hivhistory.org)
Today, we see the grievous disparity in access to Covid-19 testing, vaccines, and treatment between rich and low-income countries. For Africa, the aim of the WHO’s COVAX facility is to vaccinate 20% of the population by providing up to 600 million doses by the end of 2021. (https://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccines) Currently 1% of Kenyans are fully vaccinated, and 2% have received one dose. What can we do? We can stay informed about the progress of initiatives that the United States is backing, and continue to hold our government accountable to our cherished values. https://www.who.int/initiatives/act-accelerator/covax
Meanwhile, we continue to have the opportunity and privilege of sustaining the hope that we’ve helped to bring to Rabuor and her neighbors. While the challenges are great, our Mwanzo community has a track record of using resources wisely and creatively. If you have not already done so, please consider joining our Circle of Hope community by becoming a monthly donor. ~ Lily Lahiri