2017 has been a great year so far and we have lots of exciting updates on our core programs including the pre-school, community outreach, skills development training, and permaculture gardening.
This summer, two of our HIV+ Ambassadors, Humbulani Mudau and Petrus Muthelo, were live on Phalaphala FM sharing their experiences as HIV+ men on a men’s talk show.
VMS has been actively looking to expand our reach into the larger community and we are excited to announce our new partnership with a local NGO, Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Program (TVEP), that will allow us to work with teenagers in the larger Vhembe district.
We at VMS would like to recognize our sponsors, donors, volunteers and others who were involved in our organization in the early months of 2017.
Philly Mutshelelwa, age 20, has been running since 2014, and this year, Mabilu Wamashudu, age 19, joined him on his running circuit. Both have been running with the same massage: “Taking strides to end stigma and discrimination.”
Philly is HIV positive and was very sick as a child, but the ARV youth support group and a running club started at VMS gave him a support system and a healthy outlet for his natural talents. He is now a marathon runner and youth advocate who speaks openly about his HIV status.
Baxon is a retired Cape Town construction worker who drove 2223 from the Cape to the Far North to support Vhutshilo Mountain School. He helped rebuild our Skills Training Centre and remains an important part of the VMS family.