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Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Tuesday, December 1st was World Aids Day. Its a day dedicated to remembering those who suffer with AIDS, who have died because of AIDS, lost a loved one because of Aids or who have been orphaned by AIDS.

AIDS is all over the world, and especially rampant in Africa.

When I was in college I had the privilege to help start a campaign at our school to raise awareness and have a week dedicated to opening student's eyes about AIDS in Africa and it's effects on people. We focused on children who have lost their parents because of AIDS:

AIDS Orphans.

We worked side by side with World Vision and their Acting On AIDS department. We made tshirts which were simple but impactful. All it said was "ORPHAN" Each shirt came with a fact about AIDS Orphans in Africa...

And finally on World AIDS day we asked everyone to wear the tshirt. Each tshirt representing an AIDS Orphan. It gave me goosebumps to step foot on my campus that day and see hundreds and hundreds of red tshirts which doned the word, ORPHAN.

Click {HERE} for World Vision's AIDS site. I would encourage you to research more for yourself about AIDS and its impact on this continent... and if you dare, watch this video:

In the time it takes to watch that video...
10 children were orphaned by AIDS.

The facts and the video above will make you feel uncomfortable and break your heart. Let it. These are real people going through this. Allow yourself to hurt with these mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters. Pray for them.

Remember the least of these...


Courtney said...

wow. that video was {i have no words}...thanks

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