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A few days ago, when the sun began to set and the temperature dipped below 100 degrees, I decided to take a break from sitting in front of the fan and mustered my energy to step outside for a run. I figured that with the increasingly sedentary lifestyle I was beginning to acquire as a result of the soaring temperatures, a bit of physical activity would probably do me good.
I’ve spent a total of six months living and working in Uganda. I originally went there in 2010 with the goal of teaching music, dance and drama to AIDS orphans and former child soldiers. That mission was my greatest passion and I was determined to take action to try to better these kids’ lives.
Black and orange flashed bright in the sunlight as I watched the swallows dance around the water that had gathered at the bottom of the garden after our last torrential rains. The grass was dry so it was good it had got a good soaking; even the palm trees looked a little dehydrated.
Before I arrived in the country most affected by HIV and AIDS, I realized that I would not be able to prepare for what I would find in South Africa. The stigmas that surround HIV and AIDS are still as damaging and devastating as the disease itself. Few people were willing to speak about it because so many had such close ties to it
I always seem to find myself on dusty, muddy roads, the kinds that no other person in their right mind would contemplate going down. It is not that I seek out bushwhacking as a personal pastime. Rather, it comes as a part of the territory. My life has been a series of spinning dials and new courses set. Lesotho came to me in much the same manner