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A week ago I was invited to the Caron Renaissance event.  After the usual glitter and glamour, one had to come back to the realities facing this world today.  It doesn’t matter if you are from the inner cities of America, South America, and to that matter Africa…the problems are the same. 

You have drugs, AIDS, and in sub Saharan Africa, Malaria.  I believe if we all play our part we can make a difference in the world.  I am involved in charities that address these problems, and encourage everyone to participate in one way or another, because these problems affect everyone directly or indirectly.

We live in a society where everyone thinks of themselves, and only do things that have an immediate return or benefit to them.  Last week I agreed to lend my support to the Tanzania Mitindo House.

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Tanzania Mitindo House (TMH) is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with , a main purpose of using the fashion Industry to reach out to the community through charity work. Their Charity campaigns ‘Tanzanian Designs for Life and Corporate Cares,’ gives vulnerable Tanzanian Children, especially orphans infected by HIV/AIDS, better and healthier lives.

Their goal is to improve the quality of life by ensuring their access to education, affordable housing, nutrition and medical service.  Again, I didn’t accept the invite because I have all the time to spare, but I think I can make a difference to one, two or a hundred kids somewhere in Tanzania.

I would like to challenge you all in the fashion industry, or music, or just the entertainment industry in general, as to what have you done recently to make a difference to those who don’t have the same opportunity as yourselves? 

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As I reflect back to the talks I heard at the Caron Renaissance event, I am left wondering…how can we get more people to give and be able to touch more people in this world.  Because that’s the only way we can make this a better place.

 

Flaviana Matata

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