SOUTH AFRICA PROGRAM
Through artsINSIDEOUT, ASTEP Volunteer Artists travel to areas of the globe that have been hard hit by the AIDS epidemic and connect with young people who have been impacted by the epidemic.
We currently support Nkosi’s Haven in Johannesburg, which was founded by Gail Johnson in memory of her son who, at the time of his death in 2001, was the international face of AIDS in Africa. Nkosi’s Haven offers holistic care and support for destitute mothers living with HIV/AIDS and their children, including orphans.
Through a two-week arts camp that includes acting, singing, dancing, story telling techniques, and visual arts, ASTEP Volunteer Artists inspire Nkosi’s Haven youth to unleash their creative energy, empowering them to communicate their own experiences. Through the shared connection of this marginalizing disease, they are able to initiate a process of healing. With the building of community, creativity and consciousness they reach their ultimate goal: health, inside and out.