Recent Events and Journeys

 

RWF World Tree of Hope - November 25, 2016 to January 3, 2017   The RWF World Tree of Hope is a holiday tree at decorated with thousands of white origami cranes, each containing written notes of hope & peace from children and individuals from around the world. The tree is a gift from members of the LGBT community to the world - given to inspire hope and promote peace, love and humanitarianism.Wishes from world leaders to school children, from San Francisco to Sir Lanka, make the RWF World Tree of Hope a powerful expression of people coming together to create a better world. The tree is on display at in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall. Learn how you can be a part of the this symbol of global unity!

This year's tree was dedicated to the the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Our special guests of honor at the December 7 tree lighting were Orlando Pulse survivors Ilka Reyes and Martha & Daniel Alvears. In the attack the attacked that claimed 49 lives Ilka survived nine shots and Mayra and Daniel Alvear lost their beloved daughter Amanda.

From Uganda With Love - November 14-20, 2016     Richard Lusimbo, a chief witness in the case against anti-gay American pastor Scott Lively. In November, Lusimbo spoke, at a series of events in San Francisco hosted by RWF, about the terror the minister and his colleagues have unleashed against LGBTQ Ugandans and discuss the case being heard in Federal Court charging Lively with committing crimes against humanity.

Team RWF at the 2015 AIDS Walk San Francisco, CA.

Team RWF at the 2015 AIDS Walk San Francisco, CA.

AIDS Walk San Francisco - July 17, 2016    Team RWF surpassed its goal in our inaugural participation in the San Francisco AIDS Walk! With your generosity, we raised more than $5,800 to support those who are affected by HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.While most people know about Rainbow World Fund's work and support of international humanitarian relief efforts, we also support domestic programs that provide health and community support for those affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as emergency assistance following natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.). The monies raised for Rainbow World Fund in the 2016 AIDS Walk will support our efforts to assist those living in the Bay Area who are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS.

Bus of Hope in the Castro - June 26, 2016    On San Francisco Pride Sunday, RWF's Bus of Hope will be on display at Jane Warner Plaza (at the intersection of Castro and Market Streets). Please stop by and visit the bus' interior lounge. We will be serving refreshments. Learn about our programs and be sure to pick up a rainbow pride bracelet. We use the bus for outreach and to provide humanitarian aid on behalf of the LGBT and friends community, including trips to Mexico carrying thousands of pounds of medicine, medical equipment, and Christmas gifts for children.

RWF at the Academy of Sciences - June 23, 2016    Join us at San Francisco's Academy of Science LGBT Pride Party in Golden Gate Park. This is one of our favorite parties. Be sure to stop by the Rainbow World Fund table in the East wing and learn about how we are helping our LGBT brothers and sisters around the world. The evening features music by Hard French DJs with DJ worlalook! Join drag queen extraordinaire Heklina and friends for an out-of-this-world drag show of fabulously unparalleled proportions. Marvel at the acrobatic prowess of Topsy Turvy Queer Circus. Stop by Rainbow World Fund's table learn about our latest projects and pick up a rainbow pride bracket.

RWF at Cuba Pride 2015 Parade in Havana.

RWF at Cuba Pride 2015 Parade in Havana.

CUBA  - May 10 - 20, 2016    Our 2016 humanitarian journey was educational, focusing on Cuba's history, politics, and spirituality. We learned from the Cubans about the realities of their country. We visited projects that serve the Cuban people and met with members of the LGBT community, church leadership, artists, and leaders in many fields. We learned about Cuban colonial, revolutionary history and about the complex history/relationship between the U.S and Cuba. During our visit we gained insight into the struggles and hopes of the Cuban people. We visited places such as a medical clinic, a program that serve the elderly, an art institution, a school, and other historical and cultural sights. The many highlights included being there for the LGBT Pride celebration in Havana.

RWF and CARE volunteers in Washington, DC in 2014.

RWF and CARE volunteers in Washington, DC in 2014.

 

WASHINGTON, DC May 9-11, 2016
Since 2005, RWF volunteers have traveled to Washington, DC as part of the CARE National Advocacy Conference to meet with Senate and Congressional officials to advocate on behalf of humanitarian development for many different issues including: international HIV/AIDS funding, changes in the current “abstinence only” earmarks to HIV prevention aid, increased funding for healthcare, climate change adaptation assistance for developing nations, basic human rights, and for the protection of refugee populations.

The conference was a two-day annual event where RWF donors and supporters took part in the fight against global poverty, HIV/AIDS and issues of humanitarian aid. The conference was hosted by our partner CARE - one of the oldest and most respected humanitarian aid providers. RWF has partnered with CARE on a number of humanitarian aid projects over the years. This was a great opportunity to learn how Washington, DC works and to speak with your Senate and Congressional representative about important humanitarian issues. This two day event was a unique opportunity to participate in keeping American policymakers focused on the issues of poverty, women's empowerment, equity and social justice. The conference featured policy seminars by issue experts and meetings with Congressional members to deliver this message: "now is the time to end global poverty." In these challenging times, we can help ensure that the voices of the poor are heard on Capitol Hill.