Zimbabwe is in crisis. Due to the current political climate, poverty and unemployment are at staggering levels. As of May 2008, Zimbabwe is the number one AIDS-infected country in the world. Part of the rapid increase in AIDS in Zimbabwe stems from a single barbaric practice: traditional healers counsel that in order to cure his AIDS, all a man needs to do is rape a virgin. As a result, young girls and infants are being raped and thereby contracting AIDS. Tapestries of Hope is a feature-length documentary and social entrepreneurship effort aimed at bringing awareness to and raising funds for this cause. Read more or follow their blog!
Author Archive for Betty Makoni
I heard this woman speak last week at a RESULTS event in Victoria, and have been moved to action.
Betty Makoni is the founder of the Girl child network, which is supporting 45,000 child rape survivors in Zimbabwe
Watch the video: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2009/06/04/cnnheroes.betty.makoni.profile.cnn and if you are moved, please read on.
She has been chosen as one of the top ten CNN heroes for 2009. Voting is now taking place and the winner will be announced on November 26th. We can make her number one and not only give the girls in Zimbabwe a voice; but support her work with the $100,000 prize. Vote as many times as you like before November 19th at: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/vote/
You can also help if you are on facebook by joining the group at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=675966292&ref=ts#/group.php?gid=198316202387 and inviting your friends to join.
Please personalize this email and forward it to any of your contacts who want to bring hope and justice to young girls around the world.
1587 Hampshire Road
Victoria V8R 5T4
Sam,Anita,MP Keith and all the warm people of RESULTS CANADA in Victoria , Canada .It was my pleasure meeting all of you and am so delighted to hear what great work you are doing to help impoverished countries .Thank you for taking head on Vote Betty Makoni 2009 CNN Hero. I am greatly encouraged with your messages of solidarity for me and all girls in Zim
I would like to thank Sam Weller from Canada ,Linda Bikinesi my former student at Zenzeza 1 High ,Everjoyce Zhuwaneti ,Josh Chingwangwa,Leanne Grossmann ,Michelene Risley ,Margo from Canada and all of you my dear friends whose names are too many to mention for taking Vote Betty Makoni as 2009 CNN Hero campaign to such greater heights .Looks we have only two weeks to go now and I can feel your anxiety
Congratulations to Zimbabwe Teachers Network for successful launch of the program in Birmingham .I was moved by Munashe testimony of her work in rural schools in Zimbabwe .I am hoping that the organisation is fully supported so that Zimbabwe teachers and students get the most .Congrats Munashe and Barbara .Girls in Zimbabwe and all over the world really want to see education for girls supported more !!!!!!!
I am finalising my trip to GCN Zimabwe Team .I learnt today there are three girls with condition similar to Tare’s who have been referred to me for urgent help as villagers just watch as these girls die .Also the number of girls who got raped during political violence is much more than we thought many stories of girls who got infected and got pregnant are even more than previously thought. This is a big challenge to GCNW as we have to refocus our efforts to reach to these girls who have become victims when they helpless, defenceless and with no one to turn to.
I will be getting in touch with you all as soon as l get back to lack a strategic rescue initiative for these less fortunate children.These girls will now have Tare to look forward as she has become a beacon of hope and a testimony of what your generosity has done to humanity. May God blees you all for your trust, believe and hope for GCNW to lead the way in this selfless rescue mission which is about to take a global focus for the universal benefit of mankind.