Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thembi Ngubane was a brave 24 year-old HIV positive young South African woman who passed away last week. She recorded an AIDS diary in 2006 that was broadcast by NPR to over 50 million listeners in the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K. and her native South Africa. The themes she touched on in the diary are about profoundly common human experiences. "She was smart and perceptive and self-reflective in a way that many people aren't," says Mr. Richman, who won an Overseas Press Club Award for the broadcast. Her story galvanized many to act in the service of others in South Africa and around the world. She is a great example of how one person's story can inspire others to serve. For more about her, please check out the WSJ article "Young South African Women's AIDS Diary Touched Millions of Listeners", 6/13/09.