Key organisations: memory work

The organisations listed below are involved in memory work.

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AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU)

South Africa

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Rm 4.29, 4th Floor
Leslie Social Science Bldg
Groote Schuur Campus, University of Cape Town
Rondebosch
Cape Town

ASRU supports qualitative and quantitative research on the social and economic dimensions of AIDS in South Africa. Its action research agenda originated in 2001 as the Memory Box Project - an intervention designed to help people come to terms with their diagnosis, disclose their HIV-status to their children and begin the process of succession planning. The focus of its research and projects has now shifted from 'preparing for death' to positive living. Current research initiatives engage with a number of related areas, such as stigma, sexual relationships in the age of AIDS, social and economic factors, influencing disclosure (of HIV-status to others), policy analysis with a focus on the rollout of antiretroviral treatment, impact of providing antiretroviral treatment on individuals and households

Hiwot HIV/AIDS Prevention Care and Support Organization (HAPCSO)

Ethiopia

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PO Box 70818
Addis Ababa

HAPSCO is a local NGO seeking to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia by creating awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community and by working to change behaviour. It also facilitates care and counselling programmes for AIDS orphans and patients. Its activities include training women's association leaders, youth association leaders and religious leaders to train their members; skills training for at-risk girls; sensitising factory workers and sex workers about HIV/AIDS and STIs; teaching about reproductive health in primary schools using peer educators; creating AIDS clubs in factories and primary schools; counselling; STI screening; home care services; and financial support to families of PLWAs and HIV orphans

HOPEHIV

UK

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PO Box 44350
London SW20 8XR

HOPEHIV seeks to offer children in sub-Saharan Africa who have been affected or infected by HIV/AIDS protection, psycho-social support and learning opportunities. It supports innovative and creative approaches aimed at making children and their communities more self-sufficient. It provides life skills, vocational training and education to help children become the future leaders. Offers psycho-social support to orphans and street children, and supports projects whose aim is to place children in either adoption or foster care homes

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Switzerland

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PO Box 372
CH-1211 Geneva 19

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization. Its work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care. Advocacy and capacity building are also key components of its work. It also leads and supports a number of HIV and AIDS initiatives, including memory work. It works to strengthen the local response, supports HIV prevention programmes, provides home care for PLWHA and in collaboration with other partners helps AIDS orphans to cope with the consequences of the disease

Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO)

Kenya

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PO Box 69866
00400 Nairobi

The Consortium was established in 1990 with the goal of strengthening the HIV/AIDS prevention and care initiatives of its members. Consortium members meet regularly to exchange information on activities, share resources and materials, encourage good working relationships with government bodies and promote activities at a village level. KANCO exists to provide and promote leadership, solidarity and collaboration among members for collective action towards effective responses to HIV/AIDS. Its objectives are to establish a networking system among NGOs, religious organizations, the private sector, government, local and international organizations; to make available factual information and IEC materials on STIs and HIV/AIDS; to provide a forum for sharing experiences, resources and promoting collaborative effort; to build capacity among members to provide quality services in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic; to complement government efforts in the control of HIV/AIDS in the spirit of partnership; and contribute towards the review and articulation of relevant policies. KANCO members are supported by a resource centre that aims to collect and disseminate practical, locally relevant information on HIV and AIDS

Kondwa Day Center for Orphans

Zambia

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Kondwa Day Centre Ng'ombe Compound P.O. Box 33652 Lusaka

The name Kondwa means "Be Happy." Kondwa is a day center, whose mission is to give hope to the lives of orphaned children in one of the most deprived areas of Lusaka, Zambia in Africa. Children from the ages of 3-9 years old, who have lost one or both parents, mostly to AIDS or HIV related disease, are provided with education, food, medical attention and love. Children in counseling workshops are encouraged to tell their stories and recount their memories. The process of remembering helps children to deal with loss, grief and transition. The center provides for the psycho-social and material needs of more than 90 children

MADaboutART

UK

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32,The Butts
Brentford,TW8 8BL

MADaboutART provides a mix of innovative arts-based education and narrative therapy designed to increase children's knowledge of HIV & AIDS and to create more open communication as well as reduce risk-taking behaviour by increasing self-esteem and self-advocacy. It offers children with the opportunity to use creative self-expression to communicate feelings and experiences, regardless of language barriers and cultural differences. Activities include: art projects, singing, acting, discussion groups, community action, and advocacy

Mothers Welfare Group (MWG)

Nigeria

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PO Box 5043
Kaduna

Mothers Welfare Group works with the community in all areas of rural development, including education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture, agroforestry and women's empowerment. It supports an integrated rural development project and an HIV/AIDS project in northern Nigeria. These projects involve the development of learning/health centres in five catchment areas, child-to-child, a water programme, health awareness outreach, sustainable agriculture emphasizing income generating activities for women, and women's empowerment. It supports 30 community schools and runs 12 health posts and three in-patient clinics. The resource centre is open for PLWAs, HIV/AIDS orphans and training for healthworkers on the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS

National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda (NACWOLA)

Uganda

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PO Box 70574
Kampala

NACWOLA's aim is to improve the quality of life of women living with HIV/AIDS. It objectives are to offer psycho-social support to AIDS affected children; to economically empower HIV positive women to reduce their vulnerability and dependency; to advocate for women living HIV through the publication of newsletters, drama and community sensitisation; to network with other NGOs, PLWA groups nationally and internationally. A core aspect of NACWOLA's work is the Memory Project. This involves training, counselling, running clinics for women, and carrying out activities to bridge the communicaiton gap between women and their children.
The NACWOLA resource centre is open to the public

Plan International

UK

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Dukes Court
Block A
Duke Street
Woking
Surrey
G21 5BH

Plan International aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives by (i) enabling deprived children, their families, and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies, (ii) building relationships to increase understanding and unity among people of different cultures and countries and (iii) promote the rights and interests of the world's children. Plan works on a variety of themes, specifically focusing on education, health, habitat, livelihoods and building relationships. They are currently running a campaign for universal birth registration

Sinomlando Centre for Oral History and Memory Work in Africa

South Africa

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School of Religion and Theology
New Arts Building University of KwaZulu-Natal
Golf Road
Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg

In Zulu sinomlando means: "we have a history". The Sinomlando Project started at the School of Theology, University of Natal, in 1994 and used the oral testimonies of indigenous people to develop an all-inclusive history of African christianity. Gradually, the scope of the project has broadened, to include other areas, applying the methodology to those sectors of society that need to recover their ‘silenced memory’. Currently Sinomlando is involved in research and training in areas such as HIV/AIDS, gender and family history. The Memory Box Project, which is one of the main components of Sinomlando, is an attempt to address, through the methodology of oral history, the psycho-social needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS

TILLA - Association of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (TILLA AWLHA)

Ethiopia

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PO Box 1041
SNNPR, Sidama ZOne
Awassa Town

Tilla Association of Women Living with HIV is a local NGO working towards fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia. TILLA believes that community awareness programmes are key to successful memory work. This includes involving men and fathers, guardians, child-headed households and extended families in the memory work activities. Cooperating with other interested NGOs and government organisations has also strengthened TILLA’s approach to memory work

Together Against AIDS Positive Association (TAAPA)

Uganda

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P.O. Box 27066
Kampala

This is a local organisation, founded and run by PLWHA and working in the Wakiso District. Its activities include mobilization and sensitization of PLWHA, providing positive-living skills to PLWHA, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, training for the general community, providing skills to create and manage income-generating activities, support for primary school orphans and vulnerable children (school fees and scholastic materials), education on nutrition and palliative care, training community on “memory projects” and paralegal issues (rights and obligations)

Women Against AIDS in Kilimanjaro (KIWAKUKI)

Tanzania

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PO Box 567
Moshi

KIWAKUKI's mission is to sensitise and educate the community in the Kilimanjaru region of Tanzania and to facilitate the provision of services to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in order to control the spread of HIV and its effects. Its objectives include raising the awareness and educating the community (particularly women and young people) about HIV/AIDS; helping restore dignity, self-respect and purpose to the lives of individuals and families afected by HIV/AIDS through the formation of self-help groups; promoting understanding and developing a sense of responsibility within communnities for HIV prevention; identifying the physical and psychological needs of HIV-infected people and their families and coordinating support for those in need; raising the status of women in family and community life; and cooperating with other groups and organisations dealing with HIV/AIDS including the sharing of information and resources