The gift of water on World AIDS Day

Thursday, 1 December, 2016

Durban, South Africa, based staff and trainees from SANTHE, the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), and the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal,  together commemorated World Aids Day on December 1st, 2016, by organising a collection for the Isibonakaliso Crèche in northern KwaZulu-Natal - a local area severely affected by the HIV/TB pandemic. A raffle was held for a day off work for two individuals among other highly desirable prizes donated by the institutions and their respective suppliers.

An amount of R6 425 was raised to purchase a 3 500 litre rain water collection tank and gutters for the crèche, which AHRI’s facilities team installed. Up until then, the crèche’s closest water supply came in the form of a tap over a kilometre away. The new tank now supplies fresh water to caregivers, teachers and children on site. Staff from the three institutions also donated toys, games, clothes and sweet boxes, as well as a table, benches and ‘rocking horses’ to the facility.