South Africa government should provide funding

I read with interest the recent Associated Press article, headlined South Africa sees hope on AIDS as condom use increases, having once again spent the month of March volunteering with an agency Dibanani AIDS Project www.dibanani.org.

I read with interest the recent Associated Press article, headlined South Africa sees hope on AIDS as condom use increases, having once again spent the month of March volunteering with an agency Dibanani AIDS Project www.dibanani.org.

Despite the fact this agency has received two gold certificates from the Cape Town Department of Health for its work with HIV/AIDS clients, it has not received any funds either from the local government or the government of South Africa.

The workers have seen a 10 per cent increase in clients each month as the government does not provide follow up.

It continues to struggle to raise funds through donations and the promotion of a CD of piano music donated by a well-known Cape Town pianist.

I have been promoting the CD locally to help raise funds and for a $30 donation an individual will receive a CD and a tax receipt and help fund this organization for one day.

Hopefully at some time the government of South Africa will provide funding to organizations doing this type of work.

Neall Stevens

Red Deer

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