Monday, October 5, 2009

Team Afrika hits Washington D.C.

This past weekend was the AIDS Walk in D.C. and TruthAIDS was kindly invited to kick of a Truth Circle with Team Afrika courtesy of Frank Minja and Asteria Hyera. Check out their thoughts below on the event and the walk. These people are connecting dots and mobilizing participation.

Good People -

One in 20 adults living in Washington DC has HIV (most are people of
African descent)

More than 25,000,000 people are living with HIV in Africa

Thanks to everyone for a successful experiment in sharing, reflecting
and acting on the above facts.

10/2 Truth Circle at Safari DC -
We could not have planned this any better. It just so happened that
African Studies students at Howard University were also gathering at
Safari DC following their panel discussion on Africom - and so we
joined forces and had a wonderful animated discussion w 30+ young
people! Dr. Mehret navigated the crowd through many
pertinent topics including HIV testing and counseling (mostly lack
thereof), domestic violence, sex education, ABC policy, condom use,
teenage pregnancy and mental health. It was an inter-generational night of Diasporic conversations in Washington, D.C.

10/3 AIDS Walk Washington DC - Viva Afrika!
The weather was a gorgeous 75 degrees, even though the forecast had
predicted 20% chance of morning showers! The theme for Team Afrika was
generation next, with one third of our 20 walkers being under 5! It
was a lovely family walk with Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
and America represented. Shout out to Siaya for running the 5K under
20 min (go Kenya!) leaving plenty of time to join us for the leisurely
walk! Speaking of generation next, below is a peek at why you should
all plan to walk with us next year (early October 2010). Please mark
your calendars ..

Aluta Continua! Viva Afrika!

Asteria Hyera & Frank Minja
Co-Captains Team Afrika