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Tag: Lesotho

Game for the World Meeting at Emseni Methodist Retreat Center

The drive from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein and Bethlehem is long.  Alan and I were relieved and grateful to learn that we could meet the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s HIV/AIDS coordinators from those areas at Emseni, a beautiful Methodist retreat center outside of Johannesburg in Benoni.  We met with Rev. Sethulego Mosiako, the HIV/AIDS coordinator for the Kimberley, Namibia and Bloemfontein District and with Judy Makhubu, the HIV/AIDS coordinator for the Northern Free State and Lesotho. The Northern Free State and Lesotho are mainly rural. Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa. About 40% of Lesotho’s population of 2,067,000 live below the international poverty line of $1.25/day. Poverty and HIV/AIDS are often partners. Lesotho is severely afflicted by HIV/AIDS; in urban areas, about 50% of women under 40 have HIV.

It was a beautiful Friday evening when we met Sethulego and Judy. We initially started playing Game for the World outside on a table, then moved inside to have better light.  Sethulego and Judy had been in meetings since 6:30 am, and we were grateful that they still had the energy and attention needed to learn about the game and to play it. One of the gifts of the game is that it enables strangers to get to know one another quickly. We were laughing with and enjoying one another soon after we met.

When we told them that the game is being translated by the Church’s coordinators into a number of different Southern African languages, Sethulego told us he would like the games in Tswana, Sotho and Zulu and Judy said she wanted them in Sotho. Judy is the head of a childcare center and started a non-profit training center for pre-school teachers. She wants to use Game for the World with her teachers, HIV/AIDS coordinators and youth. Sethulego plans to use the game at a ministers’ retreat and with his congregation and youth groups. I’m looking forward to their feedback!

Anne, Judy Makhubu & Rev Sethulego Mosiako

Anne, Judy Makhubu & Rev Sethulego Mosiako


March 4, 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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