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Thursday, 15 March 2012

International students give back at HIV/ Aids Unit

VOLUNTEERS: (From front) Ellelta Beyene, Sanna Deltin and Niclas Dehmel

A group of international students are marking their mark at the CPUT HIV/Aids Unit.

Two Human Rights and Democracy students from Sweden, Ellelta Beyene and Sanna Deltin, along with their German counterparts, Niclas Dehmel and Matthias Flug, are volunteering at the Cape Town based unit.

Their stay at CPUT is part of a compulsory youth service programme, run by their countries.

Beyene and Deltin, who recently arrived in South Africa, first visited Idutywa in the Eastern Cape, before settling in at CPUT.

Whilst in Idutywa, the students lived with a host family in order to learn how democracy had affected the lives of those living in rural South Africa.

Now at CPUT, the students are already hard at work and are participating in a range of activities.

Some of the activities include developing posters and awareness campaigns, voluntary counseling, testing drives and data-capturing. The students also have a number of initiatives they would like to roll-out during their stay.

Dehmel, who arrived last August, says he enjoys being part of the CPUT community as well as living in Cape Town.   The German student says he chose South Africa because of the variety of cultures he would be exposed to and good reviews from others who had visited the country.

Beyene is also pleased that she opted for volunteering at CPUT.

 “I’m amazed to see the different cultures, although I’ve visited the continent before I’ve never seen Africa like this.”

By: Thando J. Moiloa

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za