May 31, 2007
Another wonderful day in the Cape! Sunny and warm and full of good information. We had a panel discussion this morning with representatives from government and non-governmental agencies working in the communities to treat and prevent the spread of HIV. One speaker was Linda Biehl who runs the Amy Biehl Foundation that makes grants to help in the townships. Amy Biehl was murdered in 1993 during the violence around the fight against apartheid. It was truly and honor to meet her and hear her speak about the work the foundation is doing.
In the afternoon we went to LoveLife, a group working to teach teens about HIV and safe sex practices. Their speakers were terrific, they kept us moving, dancing, and clapping, then they brought out the drums. A djembe drum was placed in front of each of us and we were taught simple rhythms, songs, and dances. We all went away better for the experience.
Many of us went out to dinner at The Africa Café. This lovely restaurant serves a 16-course meal with dishes from all over Africa. The décor was great, the food superb, the wait staff sand danced and played drums for us. All that and a cocktail for $30!
Tomorrow we visit a public and a private hospital to observe differences and similarities. After that, a tour of the Cape Peninsula Cape Horn Atlantic Oceans
The whales have made it to the Pacific!!