Geneva, NY — Hobart and William Smith Colleges have invited Theresa Kaijage, the founder of Wamata, to speak on campus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. Wamata is one of the first women's organizations established to deal with women and families affected by the AIDS/HIV virus. She will give her address, “Wamata: The Families Affected by AIDS/HIV in Tanzania and the International Response to the AIDS Epidemic in Africa” in Room 100, Gulick Hall, on the HWS campus. The public is invited.
Kaijage is a social worker by training. She received her M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1984 and returned to her home in Tanzania to start Wamata. She has traveled throughout the U.S. speaking about her work with Wamata and raising funds for its activities. Her current trip will include visits to Brown University and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as to HWS and other colleges and universities around the country.
Kaijage has been widely recognized at home and abroad for her important work, and has received several awards, including the Notable Alumni award from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Kaijage's visit is sponsored by the HWS anthropology and sociology department, women's studies and Africana studies programs, and by the Office of Student Life and Leadership.
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