It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, Sue Ann Cook, Founder and Program Director of the Vhutshilo Mountain School.
Sue Ann has always been a pioneer and an activist for the vulnerable and HIV and AIDS afflicted individuals living in her community. In the early 90’s Sue Ann worked with others to establish the Centre for Positive Care, the longest standing AIDS Education non-government organization in the region. In 2001 she responded to the concern for the increased number of AIDS orphans in the area. She converted her home in Thathe Vondo village into two large classrooms, her pickup truck became the children's school bus, friends donated initial supplies including furniture, toys and nutritional food. Non-profit community organizations and individuals identified the most needy orphans in the area, and in 2002 Suzi opened the Vhutshilo Mountain School.
She has impacted the lives of countless children and families. She will be sorely missed, not just by her family and friends, but by the community of Tshikombani and the hundreds of children whose lives she changed. She will be remembered not only for her selfless commitment to bettering the lives of vulnerable children, but also for the quirky sense of humour that endeared her to us all.
“Muya wavho u edele nga mulalo Vho Suzi. Your legacy lives on, but we will miss you dearly."
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