VIDEO: AIDS orphans see desperation, then hope

These siblings in Ghana wondered whether they’d even survive after losing their parents to AIDS. But now, thanks to World Vision’s assistance, these young adults are building for themselves a future that their parents would be proud of.

Published November 16, 2011 at 12:00am PST

December 1 is World AIDS Day. It’s a time to remember the communities left devastated, and the children left vulnerable from this deadly disease. It’s also a time to remember what we can do to help stop this global pandemic.

HIV and AIDS can create a cycle of poverty and despair in communities, leaving young children orphaned and at risk of contracting the disease themselves. Without proper health interventions and treatment, HIV-positive mothers have a 1-in-3 chance of infecting their babies.

Children who do survive infanthood in AIDS-affected areas are more likely to suffer from a lack of access to clean water, nutritious food, education, medical care, and other support systems that help create a stable, successful future.

World Vision is committed to fighting the global AIDS crisis on a variety of fronts — providing medical care for those living with the disease, establishing prevention education in vulnerable communities, advocating to our lawmakers on behalf of those affected by AIDS, and more.

Join us this World AIDS Day — and every day — as we work to bring an end to a disease that claims so many lives and causes so much suffering.

Four ways you can help

Pray for those impacted by the HIV and AIDS crisis, especially children who are orphaned. Thank God for the caregivers in local communities who care for people living with AIDS, and pray that the world doesn’t forget about their plight after World AIDS Day has passed.

Make a one-time gift to help provide care for those affected by HIV and AIDS. Your donation will help provide basic necessities like food, clean water, and healthcare to the most vulnerable. You’ll also support HIV-prevention education, testing, counseling, and outreach programs for those at high risk from the disease.

Give monthly to support programs for those living with HIV and AIDS. Your monthly gift will help bring comfort and hope to those affected by this deadly but treatable disease.

Contact your members of Congress. Disproportionate, devastating cuts have been proposed to the International Affairs Budget, which makes up just 1.4 percent of the overall budget but provides funding for life-saving humanitarian programs, including those that support AIDS-affected children.