Raise your voice against AIDS!

Bongani Ndlovu is 19 years old and is a coach with the Waves for Change programme.
Bongs is also on a bursary from Waves for Change to study BCOM at the University of the Western Cape.
He recently finished top of his class. Here is his latest blog. 

Greetings with the conscious words of Martin Luther King, who said ‘our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter to us’.

In turn I ask myself, what are the things that matter most to me? There are thousands of people dying due to HIV and Aids in my community. Family members fall and they never wake up, they silently die alone and become part of the soil we step on. And that same community continues to live as though HIV is a mere myth while they whisper of a silent killer.  It is astonishing we do not speak about it, the matter becomes desensitized and a stumbling block for communal growth. In light of the words by Martin Luther King, can we keep being silent about it?

Since we are all living, and some barely trying to survive, in the Information Age which is powered by the interactive Web 3, this is the critical age where information has become a commodity. With information, diverse communities are built to live longer and prosper. At Isiqalo we are using surfing as a tool to impart information that will enable the youth to make better life choices. Interactive facilitation is a catalyst for our program and ensures that the messages are clear as crystal.

The need to open conversations about HIV is huge. We see it in Masiphumelele, and the new Waves for Change site recently opened at Monwabisi! This message was started in South Africa but we want to see it around every corner of the world. By looking at the rate at which citizens are contracting HIV/Aids in Sub-Saharan Africa, the information I share at Waves for Change could be the difference between a participant growing old and a participant dying alone.

Today information is clearly a commodity but we should not just treasure it, we should spread it to the world. We cannot be silent about it. If we are silent about it, it would be the end of communities because of Ubuntu; we are who we are because of others. I am because we are.