Dioces of Grahasmstown
The AIDS pandemic is affecting the Eastern Cape with ever increasing severity. The Grahamstown Diocesan AIDS Task group conducts workshops, and has been taking part in training initiated by the CPSA Provincial Office. A number of Centres offer day-care for HIV-positive people and their children on Church premises in Grahamstown, East London, King Williamís Town and Queenstown.
In 2002 the Diocese agreed on a Strategic Plan to fight HIV/ AIDS.
The Church aims to offer: Advice Centres at parish level, voluntary counselling and testing, information about HIV and AIDS, an ecumenical approach to AIDS work, a network of support for carers, support for those living with HIV/ AIDS and for the dying, a campaign against the practice of expensive funerals, which leave the bereaved in poverty
Shortly after his installation as Bishop in 2004, Bishop Thabo Makgoba took an AIDS test. This photograph was used to make a poster which is on display in churches throughout the diocese, with the slogan: The Bishop of Grahamstown knows his HIV status: Do you know yours?
AVERT, CHF Pfizer, Emthonjeni Trust, Scottish Borders African AIDS Group, Soweto Connection
RDBH Findley Herbert, First Year Economics Class; Rhodes University, JC Lannon, MBA Rhodes University Students, N1 City, Patrick Sullivan, Rapportryers, Sister Moira, Soroptimists Ineternational
St John's Church and various anonymous donors
Assumption Clinic, The Black Sash, Child Welfare, Church of the Province of South Africs, Community of the Ressurection, FAMSA, GADRA, Grahamstown Hospice, Legal Aid Clinic
Makana Municipal Clinics, Rhodes University, SANCA, Settler's Hospital, St John's Ambulance Foundation, Umthathi Training Project
Special ThanksTHE DIOCESAN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS