Jazz night hosted in village to help woman work with Aids and HIV project

Nandi Mkushi.
Nandi Mkushi.

A woman from Turvey is hosting an evening of music to help fund an Aids and HIV project she is working on overseas.

Nandi Mkushi, a graduate from the University of Sheffield, where she studied international development, is going to Bolivia to work on the awareness project for young people where the statistics show a shocking rise in those affected.

She is organising a jazz and soul concert in Turvey, on Saturday, April 5 in support of the project called PatSIDA which translates as ‘Practise Love in Times of Aids’.

In preparation for her Bolivia placement, organised by Tearfund, she has been learning Spanish, researching Latin American and Bolivian culture and learning more about HIV and Aids in the region.

Her placement is part of a scheme called the International Citizen Service (ICS) Scheme which allows young people aged 18-25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries like Bukina Faso, Sierra Leone and Nepal.

Nandi said: “Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America and Aids/HIV in young people is high and rising steadily.

“According to the International Aids and HIV Alliance, 67% of notified cases are between the ages of 5 and 18. This is shocking, as children that young are either born with it or contract it on the streets where they are extremely vulnerable.

“Superstitious beliefs that AIDS can be cured, and the fear of stigma and ostracisation prevents people from getting tested and properly treated, spreading the Aids/HIV epidemic further.”

Nandi has been organising the special evening of live soul, and jazz music on Saturday, April 5 at Turvey village hall, from 7.30pm until 10pm, with doors opening at 7pm.

Tickets are £7, concessions £5, on sale at Central Stores or The Corner Shop, both in Turvey. Bar and refreshments will be available.

All the money raised will go directly to this project and she is aiming to raise £800 at the concert.

She added: “You can expect a night of special entertainment not to be missed featuring young and up-coming musicians and singers.” To donate directly visit http://www.justgiving.com/Nandi or text ICSB80 £5 to 70070.

For more details contact Nandi at nmkushi@gmail.com