Meeting with Meaning
Next Thursday, May 10, friends of GAIA will gather at the Observation Post in San Francisco’s Presidio for an evening celebrating Sally and Bill Rankin, and raising funds for our programs in Africa. It’s important that we remember why.
These events are our lifeblood that allows us to support mothers like Kumbukani. A widowed mother of 6, Kumbukani had been a community volunteer at the GAIA mobile clinics for eight years when she abruptly stopped showing up. Concerned by her absence, GAIA visited her in her village and found she had taken seriously ill. She was tested by staff in her home and found positive for HIV, driven by GAIA ambulance to a local hospital, and started on treatment. Her health has since greatly improved, and she is back to reliably serving as a GAIA volunteer. She sees her service as a way to give back to the GAIA staff whom she credits with saving her life and her children’s future.
GAIA’s annual event is an opportunity to highlight individual successes like Kumbukani’s. It reminds us that every life is sacred, and that our actions half a world away have real, measurable impact for good.
I hope you’ll join us, and other like-minded advocates for global justice and health, next Thursday, to ensure GAIA’s work continues. Visit our Event page for more details.