DATE: 1/27/2004 02:55:00 PM
In the Name of Love - In last year's State of the Union address, President Bush called on the Congress to provide financial assistance to Africa to help combat the AIDS pandemic in that country. They have yet to act on that legislation.
AIDS is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. World Vision estimates over 29.4 million people on that continent have the disease. 10 million young people (aged between 15-24) and almost 3 million children under 15 are living with HIV. Without treatment, most will not survive.
Today, Sparrow Records released an album "In the Name of Love: Artists United for Africa." On the album, various Christian artists perform songs made popular by U2 and a portion of the proceeds from the album will go to World Vision. That organization has adopted the Mwakankomba village in Zambia. Money from sales of the album will go to support:
- Long-Term Health Needs
- Caregivers who will work with the infected, those at risk of infection and those left behind when loved ones die.
- AIDS Prevention Education - for children and mentoring for orphans to encourage them to stay in school and learn how to survive and thrive as adults.
- Construction of a Youth Day Care Center - where orphans and community children who are not in school will have a place to stay for daily supervision and education. The center will be outfitted with toys, books and other educational material. I've purchased the album, and it is outstanding. The artists do a great job covering U2 songs such as "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "40" and "Where the Streets Have No Name." World Vision is currently offering a free copy of the album to anyone who contribues $20 or more to the Mwakankomba village project. The album is also available for sale on Amazon.
There's a lot we can do to help. One is to donate to organizations like World Vision. Another is to write Congress and tell them to work harder to pass the legislation President Bush proposed last year. This is more important than agriculture subsidies and prescription drug handouts. Make your voice heard.