SPEAKERS BUREAU

Last month one of the books highlighted was Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa by Joanna Henry and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

PRICE DROP! Ujamaa Grandmas is now selling the book “Powered by Love” for $32. If you are interested in purchasing this book please email message@ujamaagrandmas.com.

This month the Speakers Bureau is highlighting one of the books reviewed on the Ujamaa Grandma website:
28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen
Stephanie Nolen was the Globe and Mail correspondent in Africa for six years and wrote this book of personal encounters with 28 different lives impacted by HIV-AIDS in Africa.

Stephanie puts a human face to the crisis created by HIV-AIDS in Africa. In her book we are introduced to women and men fighting a challenging battle created by the HIV-AIDS crisis.

Examples: Tigist Haile Michael, a smart, shy 14-year-old Ethiopian orphan fending for herself and her baby brother on the slum streets of Addis Ababa; Alice Kadzanja, an HIV-positive nurse in Malawi, where one in six adults has the virus, and where the average adult’s life expectancy is 36; and Zackie Achmat, the hero of South Africa’s politically fragmented battle against HIV-AIDS.

28 Stories explains how the virus works, spreads and often kills those infected. It describes the connection of HIV-AIDS to conflict, famine and the collapse of states. The stories highlight the benefits of treatment for those fortunate enough to be recipients and outlines the challenges of those struggling to cope often with little support

Although the book was written in 2007, twelve years later these stories are still very much a part of the HIV-AIDS crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Stephanie Nolen’s book is available at the Calgary Public Library.

Reminder: Members from the Speakers Bureau are available for presentations to other groups you are involved with. Email message@ujamaagrandmas.com.