Le Vendredi 18 septembre 2009, dès 18h
Venez manger un bon couscous (poulet, merguez ou végétarien) typiquement africain, assister à des manifestations artistiques et surtout, entendre une conférence exceptionnelle par le Dr. Mark Ottenweller, qui oeuvre dans plusieurs pays africains, depuis une vingtaine d’années, auprès de cliniques apportant de l’aide aux personnes touchées par le sida…
Lieu: Centre Afrika, 1644 rue St-Hubert, métro Berri-UQAM
Coût: $10 par personne incluant un repas
SVP veuillez confirmer votre présence avant le Jeudi 17 septembre 2009
Pour plus d’informations sur HOPE worldwide: www.hopeww.org
|Who is Mark Ottenweller?
In 1989, only eight years after the AIDS virus had been identified, Dr. Ottenweller moved with his wife Diane and their three young children to Abidjan, Ivory Coast where he pioneered one of the nation’s first HIV/AIDS clinics. During his 18 year tenure in Africa, Mark has seen the work grow to involve hundreds of communities on the African continent touching over one million lives. A number of the programs which he helped develop have been cited as “Best Practice Models” by the United Nations and other agencies.
|Bob Gempel, HOPE worldwide co-founder, recalls two key milestones in 1995. “I remember being joined by Mark as HOPE worldwide presented the HOPE Unity Award to Nelson Mandela in honor of his lifelong efforts to unite the people of South Africa. Shortly after that, Mark himself was recognized by ABC News as their ‘Person of the Week’ on World AIDS Day. The entire organization rejoiced with Mark for that well-deserved honor.”In 2003, Dr. Ottenweller co-founded the ANCHOR Partnership which involves Rotarians for Fighting AIDS, Emory School of Public Health, Coca Cola Africa, and HOPE worldwide. The ANCHOR Partnership provides care and support to 165,500 orphans and vulnerable in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Nigeria, and Zambia. Dr. Ottenweller has also served on the South African National AIDS Council and the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa.Although the challenges of the HIV/AIDS pandemic are great, Dr. Ottenweller remains optimistic and focused on the future. “We’re hoping and praying that one day HIV/AIDS will be completely eradicated… until that day, we’ll continue to work as hard as we can. I truly believe that if you take the best and the brightest and put them in the most challenging situations, they can have an enormous impact on any challenge.”
Mark and Diane returned to the U.S. in September 2007 where he began serving as HOPE worldwide Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator in Wayne, Pennsylvania. At the same time, Diane started working with HOPE worldwide volunteer programs. Tragically, that same fall, this woman a true heroine in the faith who touched countless lives as wife, mother, teacher, missionary, aid worker, ministry leader, friend and disciple of Jesus passed away.
Mark, a graduate of LSU school of Medicine in 1977, currently resides in Wayne, PA. He is the father of three children Matthew, Leslie and Jennifer.