Game for the World in Southern Africa

July 2011

Jambo (Greetings) from Africa!

Hello from Alan and Anne Harman, the founders of Games for Life, a non-profit committed to making a difference in people's health and well-being. We developed Game for the World, an HIV/AIDS educational board game, now available in seven  languages including English, French, Spanish, Afrikaans, Swahili, Xhosa and Zulu.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, games were gifted to non-profits, schools, community groups and churches in 32 countries.  Game for the World facilitates an open and engaging conversation about HIV and AIDS, creating breakthrough results in healthier lifestyle choices.

 

We're excited to share with you the results of our two trips to South Africa in November 2010 and March 2011.  The trips were made possible by a grant from British Airways and enabled us to meet face-to-face with leaders from churches, schools and non-profits to discuss how Game for the World could make a difference in their communities.  We hope you'll be inspired by what was accomplished and assist us in making games available to South African communities by making a donation on our web site.

 

Help Alan and I expand our circle of support by clicking "share with a friend" at the bottom of our newsletter.

 

Rotary Club International

South Africa's Rotary Club in Durbanville, Cape Town is sponsoring the use of the game in their Interact  program with high school students.  The game will be used as a tool for students from different economic backgrounds to interact with one another and to learn about HIV/AIDS.  As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.  We are excited about this opportunity for the game to make a difference with young people!

 

Shown below are Anne Harman delivering games to Graham Harmsworth, President of the Rotary Club of Durbanville, South Africa.

 

Your Rotary Club or favorite organization can easily get involved in donating games worldwide. Contact Anne at thegamesforlife@gmail.com. 

 

Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Article Image Shown above, Mission Unit members of The Methodist Church of Southern Africa. 

 

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa provides HIV/AIDS education in six countries in Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.  We presented the game at their conference in March with a very positive response.  Have a look at our new DVD on our web site to view their testimonies about the game here: http://gamefortheworld.com/blog/our-new-dvd/feedback-video

 

A grant from UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Overseas Relief will help us to equip each one of their coordinators with games, but we still need your help.  Your donation of $25 will purchase one game, which when played weekly impacts 300 people a year.

loveLife, South Africa

loveLife, South Africa's largest youth HIV educator, used the game at their Orange Farm Youth Centre, outside of Johannesburg. After playing the game with young people, Lerato Mahayi, a loveLife's National Lifestyle Coordinator was amazed at "the things they were saying and the passionate way they were saying things".  She sees the game as an important pathway to creating leaders for an HIV-free generation.  You can view Lerato's enthusiastic response to Game for the World at: http://gamefortheworld.com/blog/our-new-dvd.  

 

Shown below are the young people at Orange Farm Youth Centre. Alan and I will never forget being with them - they were amazing!  I am still moved by the image of a hundred youth waving goodbye to us and blowing kisses.

To Tanzania with Love

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Uswege Mwakapango, at left, a native of Mbeya, Tanzania and Adam Rubin, a University of Arizona graduate  are volunteers who will use Game for the World in the village of Mbeya, in the southern highlands of Tanzania.  The games will be used in programs to assist the people of Mbeya to:
  • Expand their knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS.
  • Decrease the rate of HIV infection in their community.
  • Decrease HIV stigma  
Uswege's neighbors, friends, teachers and family have been tragically affected by AIDS.  Uswege is passionate about Game for the World making a difference in his community and is going back to his secondary school because " the students need a role model to sit down with them and start a conversation about AIDS and how it affects them personally.  I'm going to the churches I used to attend to work together to end discrimination against those living with HIV."

We are raising $5,000 to cover the expenses of this project, please help us make a difference in Tanzania! To help Uswege and Adam, click here:https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/GamesforLife/OnlineDonation.html

Your Support

will go towards supplying games to schools, training teachers and testing participants' knowledge before and after they play the game.  Not only will you be assisting in HIV/AIDS education for youth, but also in teacher training.

Mission Statement

To promote the health and well-being of youth and adults through the development and distribution of innovative educational materials.  What would it be like if you could personally impact the fight against HIV/AIDS?  Please consider a donation to Games for Life at http://www.gamefortheworld.com