The 2007 federal budget proposed today(Jan 30) by Congress commits $4.5 billion dollars to fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Africa and the world’s poorest countries and $248 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative. With the highest levels of funding ever committed by America to fight these three diseases, the continuing resolution includes $724 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and $2.9 billion for the 15 focus countries part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. (from the One Campaign)

From World Vision:
The total approved for fiscal year 2007 — $4.5 billion, a 40 percent increase over the 2006 funding levels — is the largest amount of funding ever committed by the U.S. to fight these devastating diseases.
“We are especially pleased that the resolution increases global AIDS funding by $1.3 billion and malaria funding by $149 million,” said Robert Zachritz, World Vision’s senior policy advisor for global development. “It just goes to show that even in tight budget times, the Congress and the President can work together in a bipartisan manner to fight global poverty and disease.”
Funding Supporters Heard

More than 200,000 people joined the World Vision and the ONE Campaign to push for higher funding levels to combat global AIDS, TB, and malaria.
Congress responded to the urgent call.

About Darfur:
Humanitarian response in Darfur will soon be paralyzed unless African and global leaders take urgent action to end rising violence against civilians and aid workers. From World Vision.

Here are some delusions of the Sudanese President al-Bashir (from the BBC):

He dismissed reports of ethnic cleansing, saying: “Talk of Arabs killing blacks is a lie.”

And he accused the West of exaggerating the number of casualties.

“A lot of organisations and the American media refer to imaginary numbers, up to 400,000 dead,” he said. “All these are false.”

He later said the number was closer to 9,000, Reuters news agency reported.

I actually had the chance yesterday to attend a town hall meeting for my congressional representative, Mike Pence. I was wearing my Save Darfur t-shirt and while I didn’t get a chance to ask a public question, I did talk with him afterwards. It was encouraging b/c he said that it was a holocaust and was on his heart. He thanked me for my stand and appreciated my attendance. So if nothing else the issue was in his thought process again. Yay for Democracy!

With our (Red) purchase we provided Anti-Retroviral (ARV) Treatment for one month to a person living with AIDS.

Part of (Red)’s Manifesto:

(Red) is not a charity. It is simply a business model. You buy (red) stuff. We get the money. Buy the pills and distribute them. They take the pills. Stay Alive. And continue to take care of their families and contribute socially and economically in their communities.

Here are some pictures of our snowway (where we park our cars, some may call it a driveway, but really its just the side of a street.

Support World AIDS Day

Friday Dec 1 is World Aids Day

Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 3.1 million (between 2.8 and 3.6 million) lives in 2005, of which more than half a million (570,000) were children.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2006 is accountability. Local and national campaigns are encouraged to develop campaigns and activities that are meaningful in their own contexts under the overall theme of accountability and ideally using the slogan “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise.”

Billions have been spent fighting HIV/AIDS and billions more have been set aside to continue the battle. Thanks to anti-retroviral treatment (ART), AIDS is a chronic illness in the rich world and progress is being made even in the world’s poorest countries. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria have made fighting AIDS a major priority. Civil society and the international community no longer debate whether to fund prevention or treatment, but rather what year people living with the disease will have universal access to prevention and treatment.

One could even argue that we are beginning to turn the corner on the AIDS pandemic. An old nemesis, however, is re-emerging at a lightning pace, threatening to halt or even reverse our journey around that corner.

While much more is still needed, as World AIDS Day arrives, dramatic gains have been realized in reducing deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, with more than a million receiving ART in developing countries. But tuberculosis among people with HIV/AIDS continues to take a heavy toll, and the surfacing of extremely drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) raises fresh concerns about a new epidemic far more deadly than standard TB.

To save more lives and combat the threat of XDR-TB, there must be greater coordination between efforts to fight TB and programs that address AIDS. Greater investment in TB and TB-HIV initiatives is essential, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where the two diseases combine to do their worst.

World AIDS Day: 5 Things You Can Do
The Challenge of AIDS, Laid at the Feet of the Church
November 2006

Two-month-old Innocent drinks a bottle of milk given to him by caregiver Seddie, while his mother Vere, 27, lies ill behind him. World Vision is assisting HIV sufferers like Vere by resourcing and training caregivers and providing supplies, and caring for children orphaned or made vulnerable by AIDS. Vere passed away two weeks after this photo was taken by Andrea Dearborn.

Every 14 seconds, a child loses a parent to AIDS. This is a challenge laid at the feet of each and every person on the planet who considers compassion a virtue, and particularly to those who believe there is a God who cares for and identifies with those who suffer in silence.
The clock is ticking. We must do what we can today to start building a better world for children, to do all we can to put their needs first. AIDS is devastating families and communities around the world, and children are suffering the most. We urge you to consider carefully the following practical ideas for putting your faith into action.
1. Pray!
It all starts here, because the One to whom we pray is truly the only One who has the power, ultimately, to bring this crisis to an end. Pray for the tens of millions of children whose lives have been affected by AIDS. Ask God to show you what you can do. Pray that our leaders will make decisions that put children first. Join World Vision’s Hope Prayer Chain to keep informed about ways you can pray intelligently.
2. Learn more about AIDS.
Take the World Vision AIDS Test to gauge your knowledge of HIV fact and fiction. If your score isn’t yet perfect, you can study up on our Hope Initiative Web site. Then send the test to five of your friends.
Visit the World Vision AIDS Experience when it arrives in a city near you. On this World AIDS Day, December 1, it will be in New York, Seattle and Charlotte, NC. You can also take a virtual tour online.
Visit someone who is affected by AIDS. Ask how it has changed his or her life.
3. Get involved.
Join with your church or another group to assemble Caregiver Kits. World Vision aims to collect 20,000 kits by World AIDS Day. The kits are full of supplies that can improve or prolong the lives of those living with AIDS, while protecting caregivers from infection.
Students at nearly 100 Christian campuses are already involved in the battle, through the group Acting on AIDS. Consider starting a chapter at your college.
Pastors and church leaders have an opportunity to get to know their counterparts in AIDS-affected communities through our C2C program for churches.
Through Team World Vision, join or form a World Vision AIDS Walk for orphans. Several are planned, including events in Chicago, and in California at Monterey Bay and in Orange County.
4. Give generously, and encourage others to follow your example.
World Vision’s HopeChild sponsorship offers a way you can help a child orphaned or made vulnerable by AIDS, while also mobilizing an entire community to prevent HIV and care for the afflicted.
Host a Global Dinner event, inviting friends to learn about the people and foods of an AIDS-affected country, and providing the opportunity to sponsor a HopeChild.
Donate to World Vision’s Orphans and Widows Fund to help where most needed.
5. Advocate for our leaders to put children first.
World Vision is asking the Bush Administration to allocate at least $5 billion to the global fight against AIDS in fiscal 2008, with at least 10 percent for programs directly helping orphans and vulnerable children.
You can make your mark for children by adding your name or “orange thumbprint” to one of the petitions at World Vision events. You can also go online to add your virtual signature to a petition.

Ok, so I really only watched today’s penalty kicking shoot out between Italy and France, but I did feel some of the excitement as Ghana got past the first round and other suprises like that. And looking forward to 2010 when South Africa hosts the World Cup, what a great privelege and honor for that country. Beyond “football” and headbutting people to the chest, some really neat things have come about b/c of the World Cup and soccer in general.

Here are a few good examples:

EU & FIFA sign deal

European Union Presdient Jose Barroso said: “The idea is to use the huge power of football for specific purposes such as fighting Aids, tuberculosis and malaria, helping in growth and development, fighting racism, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination and helping with post-conflict reconstruction and nation-building.”

The EU and FIFA will spend almost US$32 billion on development programs in Africa, Caribeean, and Pacific Islands over the next 4 years. Louis Michel, the EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid explains, “What we are doing is using the power of football to realise projects in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions.”

as reported by the BBC.

Mercy Corps has grasped this idea too:

“From Africa to Central Asia to the Balkans, Mercy Corps is harnessing the power of the world’s most popular sport to bring people together, spark community reinvestment and teach young people about HIV/AIDS. The agency sponsors tournaments, provides seed money for sports clubs and, thanks to a strong partnership with Nike, outfits teams and equips schools and athletic leagues.”

After the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo:

How do you start rebuilding when there’s nothing left?

For hundreds of devastated villages including Grabovc, humanitarian organizations intent on restoring post-war Kosovo rushed in to fill the void. While these efforts admirably rebuilt houses, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure, they left one glaring need: the restoration of community spirit and cooperation.

“We decided on a soccer field because the local school didn’t have one anymore, not since before the war,” Mjeku explained. “We also thought that it could serve the other villages around here, not just Grabovc.”

Indeed, since the soccer field was completed in August 2005, the village has held two sports tournaments for the area. The last event brought in 30 teams from surrounding villages, as well as throngs of spectators. It was one of the biggest gatherings of neighbors around here since the war ended.

With the success of these recent tournaments, Mjeku has an idea on how to continue much-needed village improvements: Grabovc will collect small entry fees from each team that participates in future tournaments. The community council plans to undertake more sweeping infrastructure projects, such as asphalting the road and installing a community-wide water system, with the new funds they’ll receive.

Teaching about HIV/AIDS

Mercy Corps’ “YES to Soccer” program is based on a curriculum designed by Grassroot Soccer that combines young people’s passion for the sport with drills, role plays and discussions about HIV/AIDS. Currently, 3,000 Liberians between the ages of 16 and 30 participate in the program.

“The idea behind ‘YES to Soccer’ is to use role models who young people trust – like soccer players and coaches – to confirm what they’re hearing about AIDS and integrate it into their behavior,” says Jessica Quarles, Mercy Corps HIV/AIDS program officer. “Grassroot Soccer has combined social theory, public-health methodologies, rigorous evaluation and a huge dose of passion. It knows that behavior change takes skills and practice, and its curriculum reflects this.”

Grassroot Soccer
is an organization completely devoted to using soccer to teach lifeskills.

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