At LetsStopAIDS we are buzzing with excitement and up to our elbows in planning... again! Why? Because this June will mark the second year of our Spread Trees, Not AIDS programme.

What blossomed in 2008 as a pilot project for a new idea, is now in full-swing. In 2009, six International Youth Ambassadors from Canada worked within three South African communities for four weeks. During this time, our volunteers launched innovative and resourceful projects in collaboration with our partner communities in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Summer of 2010 had us visiting our partner organisations to peek in on how those projects were doing, and we couldn’t have been happier with what we saw! Trees planted by our volunteers were thriving, gardens designed and tilled over a year ago were growing hearty, fresh vegetables, and the compost system created by two of our volunteers were still being used to create rich soil from plant and food scraps.

In 2011, we are returning to three of our partner communities with the hopes of reaching new heights and providing more benefits. Building on our last year in KwaZulu-Natal, we cannot wait to see what this year’s project will bring!

So regardless of whether you are looking to get involved in the field, to support our programming from afar, or have otherwise come upon our website, we are glad you have stopped by and would encourage you to explore the sections of this website that interest you most!

With warm regards,

Christina Melon
Executive VP, International Operations