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ART AIDS ART
February 4, 2010

My time with Art Aids Art has been nothing but fulfilling. As a prospective graduate student with a heart for Non-Profit organizations, the staff have been instrumental in providing information about the work and processing involved in one of these organizations. The effort the staff puts into contacts, their networking, and the care that they have for their clients as well as the artist collectives we work with, exceed that of any salesperson I have yet to come across. Tom and the staff are highly dedicated to representing the needs of South African women and the townships that they represent, and contributing to the sustainable development of the townships. They often run on little sleep and odd hours due to the time change, and their excessive traveling in order to be personally involved in sales. All credit is given to the artists... and they even go so far as to take pictures of clients with their items and send them back to the artists in the townships. Art Aids Art aims to not only educate the township on AIDS prevention, they also aim to educate their clients on South African traditions, cultures, history and needs while concurrently providing AIDS and HIV information. Overall this organization could often be overlooked because it is small in nature, without flashy office buildings and excessively high tech machinery, however the modesty of the organization is in itself a testament to their goals and ideals: to provide as much support as possible towards sustainable development and AIDS education South African townships.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, supportive and excited to be there. They are always willing to explain things whether it be the structure of the organization or their experiences with the artists in South Africa!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I serve as an assistant to the director of the company.