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Two summers ago I had the opportunity to volunteer in Cape Town, South Africa. I was in partnership with a non-profit organization called Thembalitsha and I volunteered in several of their affiliated projects. I helped with an adult AIDS clinic and an orphanage primarily for children with HIV or TB. Daily, I would take them to the clinics and hospitals to receive their medication and be seen by a doctor on a regular basis. I became really interested in these projects and this organization because before I had this opportunity I was very naive to HIV and the impact it has on the country of South Africa as well as the rest of the world. I felt very distant from the problem that I often ignored and failed to talk to others about the presence of HIV and the preventative measures that need to and can be taken to help stop the spread of this deadly disease. During my time there, I was so well educated about the efforts that are being made by the government and several internal and external organizations that are helping to educate people on what needs to be done. Part of the reason I love journalism is because as journalists, we get to tell people our stories and stories of others that might not be told otherwise. There are so many non-profits that could be much more successful with the help of a couple of people willing to spread the word for their cause.

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  • Author comment by Katie Stephens · November 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

    That is amazing! It says a lot about you as a person to go to a country so far away, like South Africa, and really dive into the culture. There is not enough awareness in America about the suffering that happens on the other side of the world. I hope I can have a similar experience to yours someday. You rock girlfriend!

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