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Friday, September 28, 2012

Camp Confronts AIDS For South African Youth

Camp Sizanani in South Africa was founded nine years ago by Phil Lilienthal — who had served in Africa with the Peace Corps and had worked in camps in the U.S.

Camp Sizanani provides a week-long program that teaches kids how to avoid contracting AIDS and HIV. For campers that are already infected, it teaches them about how to stay healthy.

A recent evaluation by the University of Georgia found the camp is having a positive impact on the lives of campers.


  • Phil Lilienthal, founder, Global Camps Africa
  • Lindiwe Dhlamini, camp counselor

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  • Swisschocolatesrus

    This is quite a wonderful initiative.  I have worked through UNDP in several African countries.  I would love to be in touch with this team as I am confident that a number of ex-internationals from different organizations may wish to contribute their time to the growth of this initiative during their retirement years.

    • Dr David Kenneth Waldman

      Hello, I agree and I plan on getting in touch with Mr Lilienthal as I have a Healthy and Smart HIV/Prevention Curriculum for youth that I would like to add to his educational program. Let’s work together.
      Dr. David Kenneth Waldman
      To Love Children Educational Foundation International Inc. 

  • Sam O. Lucky

    I recall from the broadcast: The lady said that kids who have no goals when
    they arrive, now leave with desires to be the President, lawyer, airline


    My Comment: But does the camp counselors KNOW anything about
    becoming President, lawyer or airline pilots; or are they just filling the head
    of the kids with “pipe dreams” instead of the reality of hard work and
    luck and ethics and being responsible. I.E. is the camp “socialistic”
    and essentially is going to raise a bunch of “super welfare
    recipients”.  Or is the camp
    teaching a version of President Kennedy’s speech, which I paraphrase: “My
    fellow citizens: Ask not what your country can do for you; but what you can do
    for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: Ask not what the United States
    can do for you; but what we can do together for the future of mankind.”

    • Dr David Kenneth Waldman

      Hello Sam, 
      Let me answer your question “is the camp socialistic and essentially is going to raise a bunch of of super welfare recipients or teaching them what we all can do together for the future of mankind”? I would argue that  Camp Sizanani  week-long program that teaches kids how to avoid contracting AIDS and HIV will first and foremost save children and youth’s lives http://www.avert.org/worldstats.htm   As an educator, NGO founder and leader, I know based on empirical evidence that is irrefutable that if you provide opportunity with education to save lives and provide hope, and the outcome is for children to set high expectations, some will meet those expectations. Mr  Phil Lilienthal, founder, Global Camps Africa and his counselors are indeed the epitome of President Kennedy who asked us to think of what we can do for the country, and founded the Peace Corps so that Americans can partner together to create positive social change. Mr. Lilenthal served in the Peace Corps… I work in Uganda and Kenya and I see children in the most extreme cases of povety, living in war zones, HIV/AIDS orphans who tell me they dream of being teachers, nurses, journalists, more because they have friends who partner with them with educational and sustainable opportunities and they have hope. 

      Dr David Kenneth Waldman
      Founder/President of To Love Children Educational Foundation International Inc. 

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