|Karen Kartes |
SEATTLE, June 21,2007 —Alex Trebek, longtime host of Jeopardy! and supporter of humanitarian organization World Vision, will visit the southern Africa nation of Zambia from June 28 – July 2. He and his family will meet children and adults benefiting from a wide variety of programs and interventions that the Trebeks are supporting in the Kapululwe region, near Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
Throughout Zambia, many parents have died of AIDS and many are living with the disease. Approximately 20 percent of the population is infected. AIDS not only tears families apart, it often affects a family’s health, a child’s future and a community’s access to a reliable food supply, education and economic development.
After several years of special projects with World Vision, broadcast throughout the United States and Canada, Trebek expressed interest to World Vision in bringing significant change to a particular village. This resulted in Trebek’s comprehensive support of Kabeleka, a specific community of Kapululwe, which is deeply impacting the physical and educational well-being of thousands of children and families.
Critically needed improvements supported by Trebek have included the building of a school and two teachers’ houses, seven boreholes providing clean water, a new rural health center, immunization and treatment of multiple childhood diseases and microenterprise loans and business coaching. Trebek’s family visit will include a celebration of the official opening of these services in Kabeleka.
“There are so many important ways to change a life, or many lives, through World Vision,” explains Trebek. “Our family has chosen Kabeleka, and we hope others will join us in exploring ways that they can help children lead healthy lives of learning and pursuing their potential.”
While in Zambia, the Trebeks will also visit sites outside of Kabeleka where conditions remain dire, and where World Vision is organizing community care coalitions and volunteer caregivers to serve people living with HIV and AIDS.
Interviews, photos, and video available upon request.