For Women’s History Month, we want to call your attention Bloodlines

Bloodlines(MediaQuire) (www.nevillefrankel.com) , a new novel with a female activist as its core. She is based on a real woman, now 62, who has devoted her life to helping black South Africans. 

In Bloodlines, author Neville Frankel unfolds the complicated story of Michaela Davidson Green, a courageous and confounding Jewish South African activist, who risked her life her life for the cause of justice and equality for all South Africans. 

Frankel has noted that aspects of Michaela are based on his beloved aunt, Helen Lieberman,a South African social worker who is the founder of Ikamva LaBantu (Hope of Our People), an organization that 1,100 programs including daycare centers, educational organizations for kids and senior centers.  

Ikama LaBantu was founded as an “underground” organization in 1963 in Cape Town, South Africa during apartheid. Helen hid blacks in her garage, educated them and even today insists on educating those who work with her, teaching them to read, write and do basic math.  

In Bloodlines, the character of Michaela is obviously a composite of many people, one of whom is Helen. Certainly, the community work that Michaela does is largely based on programs Ikamva LaBantu carries out.

Ikamva LaBantu is a woman-founded and run organization, and most of the programs are headed by women, the lifeblood of South Africa today. 

This being International Women’s Month, we think there’s a great story here, with a natural tie-in between women doing important work for their country and one of the messages of Bloodlines.

Check out www.Ikamva.org.za and you will see a video on “What We Do” with Helen Lieberman featured and the work their organization is doing. Helen has done TED talks and is a world-leader in charitable, meaningful work. Today, Ikama is funded, in part, by grants from major charitable foundations and corporations.

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