Ten year-old *Gerrard is HIV positive. His father died of AIDS when he was aged just two, and his mother, who is also HIV positive, was ostracised by the rest of the family, who blamed her for his father’s death.
Another trip to Uganda with Global Care, another trip full of surprises. This time it wasn’t the resolute acceptance of poverty that took my breath away, but the phenomenal impact of two disability projects: Global Care works with a Disability Support Group (DSG) in Abeko, in Northern Uganda, and in the South West, the Rukungiri Disability Project helps children with mobility difficulties to access education. Both projects have changed the lives of children, families and whole communities – in only a year!
What a privilege, encouragement and a challenge to listen to Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, speak at the RISING Forum, a peace conference in Coventry’s beautiful Cathedral this morning.
There’s a measure of tragic irony in the fact that, for years, we’ve had to explain to people that even though we’re called Global Care we are about children, not the environment… and now we are learning that caring about children also, increasingly, means caring about the environment.