Soweto Choir

(July 6th, 2009)

Those who work with HIV/AIDS patients deal with significant stress. In South Africa, AIDS workers gets together to sing on a weekly basis to mitigate some of that tension.

Reporting in the Soweto Township of South Africa, Gretchen Wilson brings this story, which won a 2008 Gabriel Award recognizing broadcasting excellence in the category of “Short Feature – National Release.”

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Counterfeit drugs put lives at risk

(January 15th, 2009)

DAR ES SALAAM, 15 January 2009 (IRIN) – The busy Kariakoo market in the Tanzanian capital is stocked with knock-off merchandise – from imported car parts to handbags – and traders from across Africa come to buy cheap imports to sell at home. But the most dangerous counterfeits are the imitation medicines sold to unwitting […]

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Zimbabwe children fend for themselves

(December 24th, 2007)

With Zimbabwe’s inflation out of control and about 80% of its workforce unemployed, thousands of its citizens are crossing into South Africa illegally to find work. Many of them are children who make that journey by themselves. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Pig donations bring home the bacon

(December 24th, 2007)

In some parts of Lesotho, annual income is $100 a year. But a $195 donation can buy a family an income-generating piglet that can boost that income substantially. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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LESOTHO: Holiday gifts pave the way to self-sufficiency

(December 24th, 2007)

When Mamanuel Rampai heard she would receive a free pig for Christmas a few years ago, purchased by an anonymous donor in the US through an aid group’s online gift catalogue, she all but dismissed the present.

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War at cost of aid in Africa

(October 11th, 2007)

A report out today says conflicts in Africa have cost the continent $284 billion since 1990. That’s about equal to what’s being funneled there in international aid. Gretchen Wilson has more.

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‘Oh, so I was in an abusive relationship’

(August 27th, 2007)

A South African group has added a twist to its mircofinancing practice by providing additional training to its entrepreneurs — which is allowing some women to say “no” to their husbands for the first time. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Lusikisiki, South Africa

(May 9th, 2007)

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Singing is solace for Soweto healthcare volunteers

(March 12th, 2007)

Volunteer health workers in Soweto – who provide home-based care for more than 700 local residents – have begun using song and dance as part of their outreach.

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Working for a living . . . and the dying

(November 30th, 2006)

So many people are dying of HIV/AIDS in South Africa that funerals are a constant. Hundreds every weekend. For South African women, preparations have turned into a second full-time job. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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