On 23rd September 2011, the MAKE ART/STOP AIDS project was visited by the U.S. Ambassador, Jeanine Jackson, and her husband, Benjamin Canavan, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer; Mr. Henry Chimbali, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Head of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Behavior Change Program; Prof. Chris Kamlongera, Principal of Chancellor College, and other key figures from the College and other organizations such as Pakachere Institute of Health and Development Communication and Project Bridge II.
The guests witnessed the performance by the MASA cast and short performances by each of the community groups. We were overwhelmed by the guests’ words of praise and encouragement! After the performances, community groups left and only the cast (students and PLWHA) and the guests remained for a discussion that lasted over an hour. Principal of Chancellor College noted that there had not been such a gathering of stakeholders – from the University, government, NGOs and diplomats – since the 1980s.