David Beckham, international soccer star, paid an unheralded visit to a Bantwana-supported clinic in Swaziland on June 8, 2016. The former captain of the English national football team and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was there to help raise awareness about orphaned and vulnerable youth.
Bantwana runs a support group for adolescent girls affected by HIV at the Siphofaneni Clinic as part of a broader project designed to reduce the high prevalence of HIV throughout Swaziland.
Fifteen HIV positive adolescent mothers and their children arrived at Siphofaneni expecting to meet with their support group. They were surprised to enter the facility and instead see superstar Beckham meeting with children.
Beckham then took the time to speak with each mother individually; learning their stories and spending quality time with their children.
Read about the visit in BellaAfrica. Thank you, David Beckham, for advocating for the vulnerable women and children working to function as healthy, productive members of their communities.