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Game for the World: The Adventure Continues in South Africa!

Zweli Monoametsi and AnneDriving a compact rental car from Cape Town to Johannesburg was an adventure for Alan and me. We’d been warned to be careful about speeding; South African speeding fines can be expensive. Distracted by gorgeous coastal scenery along the Garden Route in the Western Cape Province, I wasn’t paying attention to the speed limits and am sure that a flash went off, documenting my speed of 80 km per hour in a 60 km zone. It takes about two months to get the speeding fine, so time will tell!

We decided that it would be fun and interesting to stay in B&B’s and we were so glad that we did – it was one of the highlights of our trip, meeting interesting people with beautiful properties. Our first night was spent in the beautiful town of Knysna. The next night was spent in Jeffery’s Bay, after which we drove to Port Elizabeth, where we were excited to meet Zwili Stephen Mathiti, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Grahamstown District Mission Convener and Rev. Kamogelo Monoametsi, the District Youth Coordinator. We were honored that our meeting was arranged by Bishop Losaba, who is passionate about HIV/AIDS education. With no GPS, we traversed the city of Port Elizabeth twice, trying to find our meeting place. We’re deeply grateful to Zweli for having the patience to direct us by phone and then get in his car to show us the way to our meeting place. We’re also grateful to Rev. Monoametsi who drove all the way from Port Alfred with his young son to meet with us!

The Grahamstown District falls within one of the poorest provinces in South Africa, the Eastern Cape. It is an area with incredible natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. Most of the Church’s work lies within the rural communities. The challenges in the District include alleviating poverty, HIV issues, unemployment, child-headed households and accompanying social issues. The Church’s ministery includes home-based care, soup kitchens, vegetable gardens, havens for abandoned babies, skills development projects and a church school, Kingswood College in Grahamstown.

We played Game for the World with Zweli and Kamogelo. Kamogelo said that he believed that the Game will be good for opening up the conversation about HIV with young people.

January 27, 2013

African Adventure with Game for the World

Suitcases and gamesHere we are in Cape Town, South Africa! Hi, it’s Anne and Alan Harman with 6 suitcases full of copies of Game for the World to distribute to HIV/AIDS educators in 8 African countries. It’s an adventure that we want to share with you over the coming months through this blog. We’ll post photos and video, which we hope that you’ll share with your friends, family and colleagues. Let’s spread the word about how Game for the World is making a difference in Africa!

Our trip has been an adventure from the start. Tom Atkinson, our printer/ broker met us at Phoenix airport in Arizona to deliver the card sets for the games and help us pack 325 games into six suitcases, hoping that British Airways wouldn’t charge us too much for excess baggage. Kudos to B/A for their excellent staff, who treated us very fairly. Even our carry-on luggage was heavy! I only had to look at Alan’s face to see what he thought about all this weight. The two of us couldn’t lift our bags up into the overhead bin and so we enlisted the help of a well-built young passenger. Travel tip: always make friends with strong passengers!

Thanks to a grant from the United Methodist Church Committee on Overseas Relief, we’re distributing Game for the World to the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s HIV/AIDS educators. They’re using the Game to educate young people and adults and to help reduce the stigma and shame that often surrounds HIV/AIDS.

We’ve got a lot of traveling to do in not only South Africa, but Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland. Along the way, we plan to connect with Rotary International Clubs; I’m a member of the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club and love the humanitarian work they do worldwide. We visited the Claremont Rotary Club in Cape Town this week and donated a Game to one of their members who is deeply involved with HIV/AIDS work, Dr. Paul Roux.

On our way home, we’ll be visiting our Game for the World Ambassador in Tanzania, Uswege Mwakapango. Uswege works with two international non-profits, Restless Development and Dance4Life, using the Game with high school and university students, as well as vulnerable communities. Uswege is connecting with many HIV/AIDS educators, including AMREF, the American Medical and Research Foundation, which received an award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their work. AMREF will use the Swahili version of the Game in their school program in January. This is a blessing and a challenge for us, we are raising funds to provide these Games. Your donation of any amount would be a wonderful Christmas gift! A donation of $25 will provide a game for this project. Our goal is to raise $5,000.

In Uganda, we’ll be visiting our friend, Sophie Morse, a Peace Corps volunteer who will use the Game in their HIV/AIDS programs. We’re deeply grateful to the The Zuckerman Community Outreach Foundation of Tucson, Arizona for providing a grant to supply these Games.

Stay tuned – more to come! We’d love to hear from you about your ideas on how we can expand support for the Game in Africa and around the world.
Happy holidays!
Anne & Alan

December 20, 2012


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