The sudden death of our beloved Gavin Harrison, has hit us hard here at Woza Moya, in the Ufafa Valley Community of rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Gavin’s open hearted response to the Aids pandemic here, led to him returning to the US and working tirelessly to raise funds for Woza Moya. He was a great and passionate fund-raiser, sharing our stories and his direct experiences of Woza Moya, wherever and whenever possible. Gavin’s huge heart, over flowing with kindness and compassion, moved Friends, in particular the Hawaiian Sangha, together with Patricia Shafer, to raise all the funds to build our Children’s Centre at Woza Moya. Today hundreds of young children in the Ufafa Valley are benefitting from this centre and its on-going outreach work.
Gavin was greatly loved and respected by all the children, women and men of our community. We will always remember and celebrate his beautiful precious heart, his generosity and compassion for the people of this valley, in particular the children, infected and affected by HIV/Aids.
One of the seeds that Gavin planted when last at Woza Moya was for us to create a small Zulu Village on site here. He would be so happy to know that we are now talking about taking small steps, moving slowly but surely towards this vision. The idea is to host groups of people to come and learn, share and connect with our community, a place where friendships and heart connections are made.
Thank you Gavin (and Friends) for your great giving hearts. You will forever be in our hearts at Woza Moya and in the Ufafa Valley Community
Nkosi ikubusise Gavin! God Bless you Gavin!