30 April 2008
SIPOKAZI LUZIPO 24 // ALTO AND NARRATOR, SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR
After every performance, four of us from the choir go out and collect donations from the audience for our charity, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani. Nkosi Johnson was an AIDS activist in South Africa. He was very young when he passed away and his mother Gail founded Nkosi’s Haven when he died.
Our choir became so successful that we felt the need to share this blessing with the children back home. We opened our own organisation, Vukani, then we joined with Nkosi’s Haven. We support AIDS organisations in South Africa that receive little or no government funding.
They have goods, but no fridges to store them in; beds but no blankets. The choir supports them with whatever it is they need. When we go back to South Africa we go to these organisations and help out. The day this photo was taken we had been unloading truckloads of food for the children, then a meal was cooked for them.The photo shows them lining up to get lunch. When you leave food there it means the world to them.
As artists, we make so much money and sometimes we become selfish. We, as a choir, have become so famous but when we come back home we don’t forget those we’ve left behind. Putting food on the little ones’ table – it’s amazing, it’s life changing.