US Consul General’s visit to Valley Trust cements relations

THE visit to The Valley Trust (TVT) in KwaNyuswa by the US Consul General for Durban, Mr Taylor Ruggles, was a huge success and further cemented the relationship between the TVT and its USA benefactors.  

As Consul General, Mr Ruggles is the representative of the USA Ambassador to South Africa. The USA government currently funds TVT’s biggest programme, the Health Communication Programme, through PEPFAR and JHHESA.

Mr Ruggles was accompanied on his visit by Ms Chalone Savant, the KZN PEPFAR/USAID Liaison Officer.

The visit started off at the Valley Trust with an update on The Valley Trust in the boardroom. The guests were then taken to Magatsha Traditional Court where they met Ward 2 Councillor Mr M Mkhize. Mr Mkhize mentioned that his office has a good working relationship with the Trust, and that the organisation had done a lot of good work in the community. They then  listened in on a discussion on gender-based violence by a group of community members, led by Valley Trust Development Facilitators.  

The tour moved on to a health post in Mabedlane where they were hosted by the chairperson of the KwaDedangendlale Health Forum, Mr B Sokhulu, together with community caregivers from the area. Valley Trust built the health post and the road leading into the community years ago, as a means to bring healthcare closer to what is an isolated community.

"What was most amazing for us was that the Consul General was genuinely interested in learning more about the lives of community members, and spent more than four hours with us on his visit," said S’bongiseni Vilakazi, Executive Director for the Valley Trust.

Article by Looklocal/Caxton Newspapers

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