December 1 is the World AIDS Day. First identified 30 years ago, HIV and AIDS have spread into an international pandemic impacting almost every nation. By 2006, more than 25 million have died from AIDS related illnesses. While rapidly spreading in Asia and countries like Russia, the majority of its devastation is still felt and seen in sub-Saharan Africa. World AIDS Day exists to increase awareness of the HIV/AIDS tragedy and to provide education and resources in the fight against it.
HIV/AIDS has devastated countries. Economies are destroyed and families are decimated as AIDS has swept sub-Saharan Africa. Many countries have lost as much as 25% of their work force. Other African leaders say that they will lose half or more of their total population to HIV and AIDS. In some places, whole villages are gone – just empty houses line the pathways and roads. For others, the often uneducated widows are left trying to raise their children with little to no trade skills. Children are often the most impacted. In the African culture, rich in valuing relationships and families, extended families take in the orphans. However now, many of the extended family have passed away leaving the children in the care of their elderly grandmothers or in child-headed households. What is needed are long-term sustainable solutions.
One solution is to provide education and at least one meal a day for those at high risk. Kondanani Day Care is doing this by providing a safe haven for the children during the day, the children are given preschool and kindergarten training, and are fed a nutritious meal. Already taking care of 150 orphans, Kondanani has long-term plans to extend into an elementary school. How can we partner with them? By building some structurally-sound classrooms and a kitchen.
How much does it cost to educate and feed one of these children for a day? Only 82 cents! What can be done with 82 cents? Not much in America, but in Africa it is a day’s wage in many countries. And, it does make a long-term impact on the life of that child. So in honor of World AIDS Day and the African orphan, we are asking you to make a long-term investment for 82 cents a day. Are you able to feed and educate this child for a day, a week, or a month? Some of you may even be able to pay for several months or for one year. If you would like to be part of bringing a sustainable solution to these children, please visit our site (www.fpaaf.org) and donate as part of the World AIDS Day campaign. Thank you for your investment and partnership in bringing sustainable solutions to Africa.
TAGS: Africa, AIDS, HIV, orphans, World AIDS Day CATEGORIES: Rhonda