It was on this day, in what now seems like a hundred years ago, that the Tamarind Foundation planted the first Hope Garden in a small park in the financial district near the World Trade Center. Rose bushes were donated in the memory of loved ones who lost their lives to AIDS. It was a sunny but chilly day but that didn’t stop the volunteers and the kids from neighboring schools from coming out to support and help in the effort.
Along with the Hope Garden, in the matter of a few years, the Foundation specifically created rooftop gardens at the homes of people living with AIDS, including the Terence Cardinal Cooke Healthcare Center and the Incarnation Children’s Center. While the years have passed and the lives of many have changed, one thing remains constant; HIV/AIDS is still a reality. World AIDS Day is remembered on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. I hope you’ll find it in your heart to take a few minutes to learn more at the World Aids Day site and you can also learn more about the Incarnation Children’s Center by visiting their facebook page.