World Aids Day on 1 December will be commemorated with the new series of Kaelo-Stories of Hope which will relate inspiring stories about how South Africans are taking a stand against HIV/Aids. The series will launch on Sunday, 29 November on SABC1 at 12h30. The popular 26 episode television series, now entering its fifth season, tells uplifting, inspirational stories about how companies, communities, development organizations, government and individuals and are working together to make a difference in South Africa.
The first story shows how one woman’s dedication and sense of community has brought about remarkable change in a rural Sekhukhune community in Limpopo. After witnessing the devastating effects of HIV/Aids rip through her local community, Maserame Mashoke took a stand and formed the Mahlasedi Young Women’s Organisation. “There were many problems in the villages; young girls getting pregnant and not going to school and not working. We sat down and discussed these problems. I knew we could do something,’ says Mashoke.
With the help of local volunteers and funding support from MTN, the organisation has grown from strength to strength, providing home-based care and much needed food, life skills and support to orphans and vulnerable children from 12 villages.