Rising Stars!

Not sure I know another place that has more joy, even though they've had very dark hardships here. This is the Teen Club, aka the Rising Stars, F2F’s HIV+ youth group in Lilongwe that we’ve worked with for many years.

They’ve come a long, long way, and the reason is that it’s a family of love and trust.

*A special thank you to Chrigu and BeastMode Bern for your amazing support to this group.

Update from the field: Kang'oma Youth Group

Dear F2F friends, 

This goes out especially to our amazing athletes and supporters of the 24-in-24 workout events in Switzerland! In solidarity with you and your carrying-the-water-on-head workout, our dear Kamg'oma Youth Group had a race, girls against boys... Boys win - but the judge was a man...

Everybody wins in the end. And gets wet. 

Please come join us for August's Tournament of Hope, where thousands of people gather to watch local youth team, including our HIV+ Rising Stars, participate in netball and football games, and where the community promotes outreach programs for HIV, malaria, and reducing early marriage among girls especially. 

Ken Wong, Founder and Executive Director                                                                                                                 

Update from the field: Bright fights for his life

Dear F2F friends, 

Bright Angase is an HIV+ boy on our Rising Stars team - the first HIV+ youth sports team in the continent. He's 17. I've known him for years and he's a wonderful kid. He's been so sick most of his life. 

Bright is in one of the main hospitals in Malawi - when we visited him, he could barely raise his head. He hasn't eaten in days, and KS sores are eating away at his body. Not to mention TB and malaria. 

F2F doesn't deal with direct medical intervention, but we're doing everything we can to get Bright the treatment that we in the West take for granted. But until that actually happens, I now a child's life, at moments like this, can hinge on the child himself. So today, a new shirt, some airplane paraphernalia, saying we think he could be a start in this August's Youth Tournament of Hope - such small things to make Bright be strong inside. 

It's really one day at a time. I'll let you know what happens. 

Ken Wong, Founder and Executive Director

Rising Stars Football and Netball teams from Malawi!

Our openly HIV+ boys football and girls netball teams - playing in public for the first time. The girls got beaten but they did score 2 goals - and you can see the look on Constance's face how happy she is to be playing. The boys played a team made up of village chiefs - the boys played their hearts out, and managed a tie. 

Face-to-Face couldn't find another openly HIV+ youth sports team, so not only did the Rising Stars make their debut, they just might have also made history. We're so proud of them, and you've all helped make this happen.