I have spent two months at Light Providers trying to capture everything they are doing for kwaNyuswa.  Do I feel as if I captured everything they did? Not even close.

I witnessed the fact that Light Providers doesn’t just work with one specific group of people, and that is what makes them so unique and powerful.

I spent my summer right in the middle of kwaNyuswa, where I got to see just a glimpse of how devastating AIDS has been to everyone in the community.  I partnered alongside them as they worked with everyone from eight-year-olds on the soccer field all the way through the sixty-five-year-old grannie on her grandparenting skills.

My main contribution to Light Providers was the addition of the new fitness class. It is another way in which Light Providers is trying to improve the lives of those with HIV.

These people are driven by a passion to see the community function in the way God designed it.  And as the summer went along, I felt myself beginning to develop the same passion as kwaNyuswa began to feel more and more like home.

If I have learned one thing from Light Providers it is this: these are people, not projects.

They see them as friends and family, which is why they don’t give up on people whenever they fail.  They tell them to get back up and try again.  By the end of the summer, I began to see the people in kwaNyuswa through the same lens as well.

I saw them as people, not as a project in need of fixing because they have been broken by AIDS.  Light Providers will continue to walk along side their friends and family until kwaNyuswa is functioning the way God designed it.

The Journey

Now that I am here, I know I was chosen to be here for a certain purpose!

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Shattered Expectations

They listen to country music?

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A Vision in the Dark

I didn’t want to be a criminal, but circumstances created it.  Without knowledge and opportunity, I had no purpose.

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Life on Purpose

The value of truly being alive will never be able to be calculated on a paycheck…

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We Are Broken

Something is broken in the wiring of all men. Thankfully, all hope isn’t lost…

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Go, Granny, Go?

These sweet grannies play a mean game of soccer and are changing a generation…

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Will You Sign My Shoe?

With one foot in South Africa and the other in America, how can you join in the fight against AIDS?

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Culture Guide: I Came, I Stalled, I Conquered

I knew my time here on planet Earth could be drawing to a close.  This was how I was going to go…by a little red car.

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Photo Gallery: History Makers

Check out the History Makers as they truly are making history

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About the Author: Tyler is a summer intern with World Next Door for 2012. He is currently studying Social Work at IUPUI. He has a hope to see social justice take place in this world through the transforming love of Christ. He loves working out, playing sports, and sometimes thinks he is still going to be a professional athlete. He also listens to Taylor Swift more than he cares to admit.

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