Mondays are hard, I know, so I hate to sadden you with these facts, but this is the world we live in, so I'm going to! (Thanks for reading on...)
Today is World AIDS Day, a day to remember those around the world who are suffering the effects of the AIDS pandemic. Here are a few statistics that you should know.
• Today, 6,000 children will be orphaned by AIDS. As World Vision reminds us, each one of them has a name and a story.
• Africa has 11.6 million AIDS orphans.
• 33 million people are living with AIDS worldwide.
• Anti-retroviral treatment, which extends life, is prohibitively costly for many in the developing world.
What can you do?
Visit the World AIDS Campaign site to learn more.
Get inspired: check out what other people are doing to lead on the issue at youtube's
Pledge to 1) Speak out to your friends or family about AIDS, 2) Write a letter or sign a pledge demanding universal access to ARVs, or 3) Volunteer or donate to an AIDS cause.
Use your facebook page for good: sign up for the Five for 50 and help the 50 million people in our world who are suffering from AIDS/HIV (benefiting Children's Hopechest, Inc.)
Give 5 minutes a day to pray for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Give 5 hours a week to fast for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Give 5 dollars a month to the Five for 50 Fund and support worthy causes.
Give 5 days a year to travel overseas and help alleviate poverty and suffering.
Give 5 people an opportunity to join you on your journey.
Please consider taking a few minutes today on behalf of those impacted by AIDS! Thank you.