Kimberly Vrudny


I am humbled by the wisdom and courage of the thirty people who shared their stories and their portraits for “30/30.” To them, I extend my sincerest thanks. I am grateful, as well, to the following people who facilitated my work with their organizations:

in the United States:
Kevin Winge at Open Arms of Minnesota in Minneapolis;

in South Africa:
in addition to Richard Cogill for accompanying me:
Revs. Spiwo Xapile and Edwin Louw at the J. L. Zwane Centre in Guguletu;
Melanie Kohl at the Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town;
Zethu Xapile at the Inzame Zabantu Community Health Centre in Philippi;
Moira Jones at Wola Nani in the Observatory, Cape Town;
Lara Kelly at Yabonga in Wynberg;
Beaulah Jordaan and Christelle Cornelius at Ikamva Labantu in Cape Town; and
Mandla Mojola at the Treatment Action Campaign in Khayelitsha.

in Thailand:
in addition to Molly Matheson Gruen for accompanying me:
Karen Smith and Kit Ripley at the New Life Center Foundation.

in Mexico:
in addition to Chris Smith and her students for welcoming my accompaniment on their Global Justice trip:
Roberto Rafael Alarcón Lavin and Agripino Icó Bautista at the Organización de Médicos Indígenas del Estado de Chiapas, and to Teresa Ortiz, for translating our meeting.

In deciding to work with the above organizations, I visited others which, for various reasons, did not work out in terms of participation in “30 Years / 30 Lives.” All the same, I am thankful for the access they provided me to the amazing work they are doing in the communities where they are based:

in Minnesota,
Lee Haugee at Clare Housing;
and Amy Brugh and Kate Nelson at Minnesota AIDS Project.
You know how much I admire the work you are doing on behalf of those living with HIV/AIDS in our own community.

in South Africa,
Linda Grootboom, deputy director-general of the Provincial Government Western Cape, for meeting with me to discuss the aims of the project, and for suggesting avenues for further investigation; Nomfundo Walaza, the CEO of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, for introducing me to their schools for peace initiative; Anthony Williams at the Jooste Hospital in Manenberg, for offering me a tour of a hospital much maligned in the press for inadequate facilities, and for introducing me to the staff of the Thuthuzela Care Centre, a comprehensive care center on site at the Jooste Hospital for women who have been raped; Themba Lonzi, for introducing me to the work of the Institute for the Healing of Memories; Miriam Fredericks for meeting with me at the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture and for introducing me to the workshops they run for caregivers of those living with HIV/AIDS; Mary Sili for thinking with me about the impact of HIV/AIDS on senior citizens and for her prior work at the Guguletu Senior Centre; Nic Fine for introducing me to the work of the Hearts of Men, which is now independent from Usiko, the organization through which I learned of them; and Jim Cochrane and Barbara Schmid, for their hospitality during the conference hosted by Arhap (African Religious Health Assets Programme) during my first weeks in Cape Town, where I learned about their mapping project and efforts to connect the public health sector and religious communities with one another.

There are many organizations responding to HIV/AIDS worldwide. Limiting my work to engagement with only ten was truly a struggle. In addition to those organizations I have highlighted above, I would also like to point to the work of these organizations, whose efforts while not profiled in 30/30 are nonetheless noted and admired:

in South Africa:
Artists for a New South Africa
Beautiful Gate
Centre for Popular Memory
Evangeline Ministries
Home of Hope
Keiskamma Art Initiative
Mother Tongue
Proudly Manenberg
Restitution Foundation
Saartjie Baartman Centre
Street Wires
Vukani Community Development Organization

in Thailand:
Asian Harm Reduction Network
Integrated Ministries for Ethnic Minorities Foundation
Sangha Metta Project

in Mexico:
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
CHAMP: Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project
Chiapas International
Foundation for Effective Advocacy in Chiapas
Schools for Chiapas
Partners in Health: EAPSEC
SIPAZ: The International Service for Peace

For their financial support, I also extend my thanks to:

The Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies,
for a grant to allow me to travel to Thailand; to the Faculty Development Office at the University of St. Thomas for approving my sabbatical leave as well as for a sudden opportunity grant for travel to Chiapas, Mexico; and to the College of Arts and Sciences as well as to the Luann Dummer Center for Women at the University of St. Thomas for grants to support exhibits of “30 Years / 30 Lives.”

Finally, I give thanks to my family: Joe, Abe, and Andy, for your endless love and support which mean so much to me.

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