Wednesday, May 6, 2009
World Aids Oprhans Day
Thursday May 7th is World AIDS Orphans Day. The following information was obtained at http://www.worldaidsorphans.org/. The day is a grassroots campaign to draw attention to and advocate on behalf of the over 15 million children orphaned by AIDS, founded by FXB International and supported by a network of partners.
Over 15 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents to AIDS – equivalent to the number of people living in New York, Paris, and Bangkok combined. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, over 12 million children have been orphaned by the pandemic. Experts believe that millions more orphans remain unaccounted for in India, China and Russia. By 2010, the number of AIDS orphans worldwide is expected to reach at least 20 million. To learn more or to help go to:
Also the AHOPE (Orphanage for HIV+ children in Ethiopia) Store has developed a t-shirt to commemorate this day and the community of supporters that are growing year after year. Order the newest t-shirt for a $10 donation. (All proceeds go towards care of the children served by AHOPE.) Wear your shirt as often as possible, and especially on World AIDS Orphan Day. It will serve as a reminder to your community. It may even create a dialogue. That dialogue could open someone’s eyes. To order your shirt, please visit http://www.ahopestore.org/.
For more info from another adoptive mother and adoption coordinator for HIV+ children visit her blog at: http://fullhousehandshearts.typepad.com/