Community Spotlight: Mary Miyata, Founder and Director Children's AIDS Art Programme 1
Welcome to our community spotlight, where we introduce a member from our Dry Eye Community who is as passionate as we are about giving back!
We want to introduce you to Mary Miyata. Mary is the founder of the Children’s Aids Art Programme (CAAP). She left California in 2002 to follow her dream to Africa, where she has made a marked difference to the plight of countless AIDS infected/affected and abused orphans over the past five years.
"South Africa is currently experiencing one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. In less than two decades, the infection rate has increased from 1% to 17% leaving a trail of infection, illness and buried loved one in its wake.
With over 800 deaths occurring in the country everyday, thousands of children are being destitute and alone, orphaned by illness that in most cases is already beginning to consume them as well. These children, often no more than infants, have lost not only the heads of their household, but also their sole providers of food and support. They wander homeless, plunged into poverty, often HIV+ themselves and suffering from a number of debilitating afflictions including rare types of tuberculosis, fetal alcohol syndrome, Down’s syndrome and epilepsy while also falling prey to rape and abuse on the unforgiving streets."
Please visit the website, http://www.childrensaidsartprogramme.org/, to learn more about the organization, the wonderful therapy that art can provide, and how you can donate to this wonderful cause.
Dr. Travis Zigler