One of my best friends from high school has the amazing job of touring the country working for World Vision. He started out traveling with musicians who promote World Vision during their concerts. His role was to setup the table and help interested people sign up to be child sponsors (World Vision’s main form of assistance goes to support individual children, their families, and villages). He now travels with the World Vision Experience.
The World Vision Experience is an interactive exhibit that combines stirring audio and captivating photography, transporting you into the heart of Africa.
You’ll see, hear, and experience stories of tragedy and triumph lived out by real children in AIDS-affected communities.
I’ve not been able to go experience – The Experience, simply because it hasn’t made it to a city near me yet. But I have experienced AIDS-affected communities first-hand during my trip to South Africa.
It is not fun to meet children who have no parents. Or children who are dying because of the mistakes of their parents.
About 2.5 million CHILDREN worldwide are infected with HIV. 15 million children are missing one or both parent’s due to AIDS. Everyday 6,000 children become orphans as a result of AIDS. Those number sound huge and daunting. And they kind of are. But the good news is that World Vision (and other organizations) have been actively working in Africa and around the world to prevent further spreading of HIV/AIDS while at the same time offering compassion and hope to those who are currently affected by the deadly disease. Remember the Caregiver Kits I talked about last week? They are one form of World Vision’s work in this area.
You can help! A donation to World Vision on my behalf can assist their efforts in Africa and around the world to care for those who are suffering. If you want to take a different step and not spend money you can contact your members of Congress using this easy form.
Finally, you can attend The World Vision Experience if it comes to a town near you. The fall tour schedule is posted and they are criss-crossing the nation. They will actually be in the Twin Cities at the end of October.
Here is a trailer about the experience:
Team World Vision
Team World Vision is a fund raising arm of the organization which uses ordinary people like me, to get ordinary people like you involved in ending poverty and injustice across the world. I have decided to commit the 26.2 miles of my first marathon to the memory of and in honor of the children I have met during my international travels. I can’t remember all of their names, but I have many pictures and stories.
On the right side of my blog there is a widget that will allow you to support me during this race or you can visit this secure page. I have set a goal of raising $2,000 which will help children have a chance at living to become adults across Africa.
[tags] World Vision, Team World Vision, AIDS, World Vision Experience [/tags]