The Family Africa, a local charity which focuses on HIV/ AIDS projects as well as working with orphans and underprivileged children has received an award for” Outstanding Contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at grassroots in Africa”. The chairperson, Rachel Aird, was flown to Geneva where she also gave a speech at the UN on the work of Family Africa and how it contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Rachel, who works in Diepsloot, said “It was a great honour to not only give a speech about our work which was translated into all the major languages for the delegates present, but also an award recognising the contribution of The Family Africa. None of this would be possible without the entire Family Africa team made up of volunteers from around the world and our wonderful local staff who all work tirelessly to alleviate poverty and empower women and children through feeding schemes, literacy and health programs and teacher training workshops.”
The award was presented by Dr. Deisi Kusztra, President of the WFO (World Family Organisation), which was founded by the UN after the Second World War to assist with reuniting families and was part of the celebration of WFO’s 70th birthday at the United Nations.
Rachel continued, “It is my hope that The Family Africa will be able continue to extend its programs and help even more orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS and TB. We cannot do this alone and I would like to urge local companies through this newspaper to get on board in assisting us to offer to as many people as possible “real hope for the future”.
The Family Africa can be contacted on 011 8752085 www.familyafrica.com