2022 Virtual Ride Launch
27 riders met at Mile 0 on Saturday August 13 and road to Clover Point to launch the 2022 Virtual Ride. Altogether, 48 women aged 55 and better are registered. Each has committed to ride a distance that's personally challenging before the end of the ride on September 9. Kilometres will be totalled each week and the distance plotted on a map of Africa as the riders travel virtually, "visiting" Community Based Organizations, our partners, on the way. Check out Stories from Africa for more news of CBOs
Photo courtesy Jane Player
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In the days leading up to the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Meg French, executive Director of the SLF, discusses reasons that the HIV and AIDS pandemic is not over. Read about the courageous steps taken by Phylis Wanjira in Kenya. "She has proudly shed the shame she felt from her diagnosis. She runs a business, is a volunteer community health worker and leads support groups for people living with HIV. She represents the best possible outcome of the HIV response: an empowered, healthy and strong woman who is working with her community for equality and transformative change."
Featured Community-Based Organization (CBO) of the month
The SLF and Twavwane School have worked together since 2010 in the areas of girls’ education, economic empowerment, SRHR (sexual and reproductive health rights), gender-based violence, and support for people living with HIV & AIDS. Twavwane is a community-based organization, managed by a board of directors consisting of community leaders from various sectors, in a poor sector of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
Twavwane School was thrilled to receive a $50,000 grant from “60 million girls” for a significant project that got started in 2021. This project will directly support 50 adolescent girls and 20 adolescent boys between grades 8 through 12, as the school grows to include secondary education. In addition, it will indirectly support the 625 students a year who will benefit from the improved school facilities: an additional classroom block that will contain a strong room, an examination centre, and a computer and science laboratory. Read all about it here: 60millionsdefilles.org/en/our-projects/2021-zambia/.
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