And over the next hour, 240 more will die of the terrible disease. Over the next year, approximately 2 million people will die of HIV/AIDS.
That's one person every 15 seconds.
Out of all the areas of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has been affected the worst. This area of the world holds just 10% of the world's population but is home to 67% of people in the world living with AIDS. Most people can't afford to buy the medication that will save their lives, leaving over 14 million AIDS orphans in Africa.
Today is World AIDS day, and I'm wearing red in honor of my sweet brothers and sisters at Camp El Har, all of whom have been affected by the AIDS epidemic in some way (some have lost one or both parents, others are positive themselves).
While we were in Uganda, the kids from Camp El Har had family visitation day. During that special time with their families, they sang a song of warning about AIDS. You'll see as they're singing that it becomes more and more difficult for them to finish the song.
These are the kinds of things these children are worried about - not only for themselves, but also for their friends and family. They know the impact AIDS makes because they've felt it first hand. They know what it means to lose a mother or father to AIDS. They know what it means to lose a teacher, mentor, or friend. And some of them even know what it's like to sit in a doctor's office surrounded by others but never feeling more alone and receiving the news that they are positive.
The impact of AIDS reaches far beyond anything we can imagine. It seems so foreign to us, just something that happens to people far away. But to these children it's real and its impact lasts a lifetime.
Will you consider helping one of these children? We currently have bios for 2 children from Camp El Har who need sponsors:
Fred is a young boy who lost both of his parents and has no brothers or sisters. He was under the care of his grandfather, but despite this old man's hard work he is unable to earn enough to care for Fred and his other grandchildren.
Josephine's father passed away in 2002. Her mother struggles to provide for Josephine and her four sisters.
Your sponsorship of $28 a month would allow these precious children to be in the care of Camp El Har. They would receive 24/7 care and the opportunity to hear and experience the love of Jesus.
If you are unable to sponsor a child at this time, would you consider making a one time donation to Camp El Har? The building of the new Camp is in progress, but funds are still needed to get it up and running. Money is needed to purchase things such as school and office supplies, kitchen items, food for the children, furniture, medical supplies, and books.
If you are interested in helping, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will you consider bringing hope to these children who have felt the impact of AIDS? You could help bring hope to a child today.
"Sympathy is no substitute for action." - David Livingstone, a missionary to Africa
The statistics used in this post are taken from poverty.com and avert.org respectively.