International Speaker Mpumi Nobiva launches SA chapter of her Unite Against Domestic Violence & HIV/Aids campaign

 

The Campaign was first launched in America through A Place of Hope, a non-profit organization that works to serve AIDS orphans in Cameroon and provides educational opportunities to young children living in poverty.  The campaign is designed to develop, address and drive sustainable change regarding stigma on Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

The SA launch took place at the historic Women’s Jail Atrium in Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. “Not only are we launching this campaign during women’s month but we are also gathering in a historic venue. This is where our women were held in inhumane conditions and whether our country sees it or not this is what we’ve come back to”, said Mpumi.

Mpumi, who is an Aids orphan, also lost her grandfather to the epidemic. As a child, Mpumi also witnessed domestic abuse in the backrooms of Rosettenville where she grew up. It is against this background that she got involved in this initiative and other campaigns that create awareness about HIV/AIDS. The campaign has so far raised R200 000.00 and received further donations from DJ Sbu Leope who donated R10 000 and Dr K. Mohamed who also donated R10 000 which was then matched by Sipho Dlamini of Universal Music Group; raising R30 000 in one night.

(Community voices - those who shared their stories, here with Soul City Institute CEO Lebogang Ramafoko who spoke about the current state of women)

Privileged to call media mogul Oprah Winfrey mom as she is a graduate of the first class of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG); Mpumi has enjoyed her mentor’s support in the campaign. Miss Winfery will be matching every amount fundraised up to $100 000.00.

Graced by esteemed guests such as Lebogang Ramafoko, CEO of Soul City Institute, Dj Sbu, Abong Fankam of Africa Unites for Girl Children and directed by actress Hlubi Mboya and author Lerato Tshabalala, the event was classy with a jovial yet somber mood as the audience listened to moving life stories of survivors. Other speakers included Dr. K. Mohamed, HIV clinician at Netcare Garden City Hospital and youngest speaker Mongai Fankam of Be Brave, among others.

(Mongai Fankam giving her speech)

Mongai, is a 14-year-old, based in the U.S, who started a campaign to help less privileged school kids in Africa. She started the no backpack day movement after she had traveled to her native country of Cameroon with her mom where she noticed most students walking to school carrying their books and school supplies in their hands or in plastic bags.

“I wondered what will happen to their books when it rained. This bothered me. I asked questions, thought of ideas and finally started the no backpack day movement. No Backpack Day is a day that students in America go to school without their backpacks, carrying all their books and school supplies in their hands or in plastic bags so as to raise awareness for kids around the world who do not have backpacks. In return they donate backpacks and school supplies to well deserving children around the world, Since this movement started 5 years ago, 40 schools in America have participated and more than 12 000 backpacks have been donated to children in Cameroon, Cape Verde, Malawi, Liberia,  Sierra Leone, America and locally in South Africa”, said Mongai.

Through the campaign Mpumi has given a voice to victims and survivors alike and will continue doing so with the help needed. To donate to the cause go to https://www.gofundme.com/unite-against-domestic-violence

 

(Dj Sbu speaking at the launch)

 

Top Image: Mpumi Nobiva with Hlubi Mboya, Lerato Tshabalala & musician LeAnne Dlamini who performed at the event)

By Amanda Matshaka

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