Eugene, Age: 12

Why do you want to meet American children?
I would like to meet them because I would like to learn some new ideas.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
It is important to know about HIV/AIDS because, in the future, you may have AIDS yourself, and you wouldn’t know about it and wouldn’t know how it had gotten into your body

What are you most excited about?
I am excited about June 2010 because I got a free ticket at school and I will get to meet my American friends.

eugene

Goodwill, Age: 13

Why do you want to meet American children?
I would like to meet the American children my age because I would really like to show them our African culture and food.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
HIV/AIDS is important to me because I would really like it if people used condoms, and tested to check their status so that if they’re negative they can stay that way, and if they are positive they can get medication like ARVs.

What are you most excited about for June 2010?
I am mostly excited about the soccer tournament, but also the children coming to visit us in South Africa!

goodwill

Hopwell, Age: 11

Why do you want to meet American children?
For friendship, to get to know each other well and share our Coach’s Stories, and to love each other.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
Because there is so much to learn about: ARVs, testing for HIV, VCT clinics, bouncing back from challenges, how to make good choices, etc.

What are you most excited about for June 2010?
First of all, I am excited because I will be here when the World Cup is hosted by South Africa. South Africa has made some of the best stadiums like Soccer City, Moses Mabhida and many others. I am excited to meet those who are coming from Washington, DC!

Hopwell

Lindiwe, Age: 11

Why do you want to meet American children?
I want to meet them because I want to learn about their language and how they dance.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
HIV/AIDS has killed so many people in our country, including my aunt. It is so important to go and test and know your status.

What are you most excited about for June 2010?
This is the first World Cup in South Africa and I’m going to see it! Children from America are coming, and I’m going to spend time with them, watch movies and things like that. I’m proud to welcome them to our country.

lindiwe

Nduduzo, Age: 12

Why do you want to meet American children?
I want to meet American children because I want to learn their language, because I want to speak their language. Maybe if I go to America, I can hear what they are talking about and maybe they’ll be talking about me!

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
I say HIV/AIDS is important to me because it is a disease and not something we must joke about with people who have it. We must support that person and he or she must bounce back (like a ball!), and be a person just like any other. If we work together we can do more.

What are you most excited about for June 2010?
I can’t wait to see the people that are coming to South Africa, especially those that live in America. I can’t wait to see them and I wish that my country will win. I want to share the joy of GRS with you, the things that I’ve learned in GRS. Come guys, I can’t wait to see you!

Nduduzo

Nomfundiso , Age:12

Why do you want to meet American children?
I want to meet them because I want to get to know them and teach them how to dance. I also want them to teach me how to dance! I can’t wait to see them.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
HIV is important because anyone could have it. So we have to look after those who are HIV-positive and teach people more about it.

What are you most excited about for June 2010?
I am exited because Kaka will be here! We will respect those who are coming to visit us, and we want them to know what kind of life we live here, to taste all of our traditional foods, and to take them back to their country.

nomfundiso

Sibongile, Age: 12

Why do you want to meet American children?
Because they are friendly and I know that they love to see people like us. I want to learn more things like what they like to do in their homes and outside of school.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
Because I want to learn and help people with HIV/AIDS. I want to Build My Team and Make My Move! I also want to help people to bounce back in all things in their life.

What are you most excited about for June 2010?
The FIFA World Cup and seeing Brazilians like Kaka, Ronaldo, etc. I’m excited to play with [my Team Up friends], eat, go out to movies, go shopping, go to Gold Reef City, respect one another in Skillz, and go to games!

Sibongile

Siyabonga , Age: 12

Why do you want to meet American children?
I want to meet them because I want to learn more about the US and their language. I want to know about their Coach’s Voice and Coach’s Story. I want to show them how life is like here in Africa, take them to Soccer City, and show them my class.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
AIDS is important to me because my mother has AIDS. I can be resilient and be my mother’s supporter, along with my father who can help us both.

What are you most excited about?
I am excited because they are coming here to South Africa and we will be hosting them at Soccer City! I can’t wait to see you guys. Nandi Primary is the key to success!

Siyabonga

Tsholofele , Age: 12

Why do you want to meet American children?
I want to meet American children because I want to learn about their country, to know them and become good friends, and to learn about their culture and beliefs.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
HIV/AIDS is important because you have to know your status and to learn more about it—how it spreads to people who are not infected. Know The Game, and teach others so they too can know about HIV/AIDS.

What are you most excited about?
The thing I’m most excited about is to go to the stadium and watch my country’s boys playing for the cup, while people wear their soccer jerseys and blow their vuvuzelas. I’m also excited to meet the American children. I can’t wait for June!

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Thandeka, Age: 12

Why do you want to meet American children? I want to meet American children my age so that I know more of their background, including their language and how they understand HIV/AIDS in their country. By doing so, I think I will gain a lot from them, and I hope they will also learn from me as a South African child.
Why is HIV/AIDS important to you? Millions of people around the world, and especially in South Africa, have been infected and affected by this disease. As a result, children become the head of families. I’m still young and have a long way to go. I’m looking forward to my future, so I need to know more about HIV/AIDS so that I don’t get infected, and also commit myself to make others aware of the dangers of this disease so that they can also stay HIV-free.
What are you most excited about for June 2010? Having people from all around the world come to my country is very exciting, not to mention the games that we will watch and activities we will participate in. Woza 2010, we can’t wait!

thandeka

Xolisile, Age: 12

Why do you want to meet American children?
I am excited for them to teach me about their history.

Why is HIV/AIDS important to you?
It is important because I can learn how to prevent it and how to help a person with HIV/AIDS. And to know a person’s status you have to go with him or her to get tested—we should be free to know our status.

What are you most excited about?
To meet the American children, and to experience the World Cup with them. I’d love to meet overseas players.

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