December 1st, 2002

Opening of the HOKISA Home

The planning of the HOKISA Home started by a group of representatives of the community of Masiphumelele in February 2002. The construction began on August 1, 2002 and was completed in November 2002.

The HOKISA Home – HOKISA Ikhaya Lethu – was officially opened by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on December 1st, 2002 – World AIDS Day. More than 500 guests and neighbours celebrated. The national South African TV-News reported it. For the first time ever in the history of this township two women disclosed their HIV-status openly to set an example against denial and stigmatisation.