There are many ways in which you can be part of the CABSA dream to ensure HIV competent faith communities.
If you share CABSA’s dreams, you can request to become a Friend of CABSA. For more information, you can contact Lyn
CABSA sends out a weekly e-mail “Bible Message in this time of HIV and Aids” that links to the Revised Common Lectionary reading of the week – about 45x per annum. If you are interested send an email to Lyn or register here.
The CARIS electronic newsletter provides information on new developments on the CABSA website as well as important events.) To receive CARIS’s monthly e-newsletter, register here.
The CABSA newsletter, the CABSA Network, is published three times a year and will be sent electronically on request.
CABSA conducts a seven-day in-house Training to train facilitators in the “Churches, Channels of Hope” programme. You can read more about the training here. The cost of the Training depends on availability of funding and bursaries. If you are interested contact Jerry.
CABSA is a non-profit organisation dependent on funding and donations. You can be part of CABSA’s services to churches and faith communities through a financial contribution to the organisation.
A direct online donation option is available here.
In order to ensure financial sustainability, regular monthly contributions are crucial. We would really appreciate a debit order or other regular donation!
You can also support church leaders by helping CABSA to provide bursaries for leaders who cannot afford the Training fee. Contact Lyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayers are critical - please commit to praying for CABSA and the staff.
We might also be able to use your talents and skills as volunteer!
If you enjoy reading and would like a cost effective option, use Loot! If you register and order through the link below, CABSA will receive a small fee.
In 2011, world governments are reviewing the progress made in the HIV response over the last ten years, particularly the implementation of commitments made in UN Declarations in 2001 and 2006. Although much has been achieved, many of the goals of previous declarations have not been met.
A key outcome of the review will be a new declaration that is expected to be formally adopted by governments at a High-Level Meeting in New York on 8-10 June.(1)
Faith communities share the concern that the global economic crisis, the perception that HIV is no longer a major problem and other global challenges might cause a shift of focus away from HIV.
In a recent Letter to Partners 2011: UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé wrote: “World leaders gathering in New York for the General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS carry the responsibility of renewing hope and re-energizing the AIDS movement. The promises they make and words they speak at this meeting will define tomorrow’s agenda. Together, we can make this the defining decade, the decade that signals the beginning of the end of AIDS.....This is a time to scale up, not scale down.”(2)
On AIDS Candlelight Memorial Sunday, CABSA asked faith communities to pray specifically for this important meeting, for the leaders as they prepare, and for wisdom and insight as they make their decisions.
CABSA partners, Fontainebleau Community Church decided to invite congregants to sign a letter to President Jacob Zuma and the South African delegation to UNGASS. On 15 May 2011 205 church members signed letters to the president during the morning service. CABSA and FCC would like to invite fellow believers all over South Africa and in other parts of the world to be part of this.
Our letter to Pres Zuma Reads:
Together with fellow-believers of Fontainebleau Community Church, and with many other religious and non-religious people involved in the response on HIV and AIDS I call on you to use your influence and to speak out in favour of a renewed focus on the challenges that HIV and AIDS pose to the world community, and local communities alike.
We ask you to speak out in favour of support and funding for programs and activities that focus on prevention of further infections and that make treatment available to all people living with HIV and AIDS.
This should include those who are poor and who cannot afford medical aid, as well as orphans, women and other vulnerable groups.
You can read more about UNGASS 2011, find news reports and access background documents on the CABSA website.
1. Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance: UN Review on AIDS 2011: Talking Points for National Advocacy by Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Organizations
2. Letter to Partners 2011: UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé
One very simple way to become involved, is to knit and crochet for children in need - also children infected and affected by HIV!
If you do not know where to send completed items. you are welcome to send or deliver them to the CARIS office - we have contact with many wonderful programmes dealing with orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
I use double knitting wool, size 10 needles for the rib and size 8 for the rest.
Many children have never had a doll of their own! All of us who have seen a sad child being comforted by a soft cuddly toy know the value this can have. Imagine how valuable a unique doll like this could be to a young child with a sick parent, or to one who lost her parents through AIDS related disease.
4 ply wool, various colours in small amounts. For stuffing, polyester fibre toy stuffing is recommended.
Thread remaining stitches onto needle and sew up cap. Sew up face. Run the gathering thread through the last row of sweater stitches and, after stuffing head, pull up tightly for neck, finishing off securely.
Sew up centre back. Run the gathering thread through last row of feet. Stuff body and pull up gathering thread tightly, finishing off well.
Complete feet by sewing up centre seam through both thickness of knitting, ie: dividing feet, which are stuffed individually. Fold foot across cast on edge at right angles to body and sew up.
Finish off other foot in same way.
Define legs by sewing through all thicknesses from feet towards belt, finishing off 2 rows from belt. Define arms in the same way starting 2 rows from the neck.
Embroider face as desired to give your doll character.
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