World AIDS Day 2007: 6,000 Reasons to Care
Each year, World Vision works to raise awareness about the global AIDS crisis by recognizing World AIDS Day and inviting the public to join its efforts around AIDS prevention, education, care, and advocacy.
|Of particular concern are the estimated 6,000 children every day who lose a parent to AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses. |
When children lose their parents — especially at the substantial rates reported in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere — they become increasingly vulnerable to increased poverty, loss of education opportunities, child labor, exploitation, and often, HIV infection themselves.
World Vision has been addressing the global AIDS crisis for nearly 20 years and has invested nearly a decade in advocating for the funding and protection for these vulnerable children.
The World Vision Global Vigil
Just prior to World AIDS Day, World Vision hosted its first-ever Global Vigil to raise awareness about the estimated 6,000 children every day who lose a parent to AIDS.
The Global Vigil began in Toronto and continued westward through more than 17 cities around the world during the 24 hours between 9 a.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 29, and 9 a.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 30.
|During each event, a participant read the names of some 350 children who have lost parents in communities hard-hit by AIDS. As the events moved around the globe, the cumulative number of names grew until, at the final event on Friday morning, the last of 6,000 names were read — altogether symbolizing the number of children who will have lost a parent to AIDS that day.|
Individual vigils also featured speakers, music and opportunities to help children affected by AIDS globally.
Vigil events were held in the following U.S. and international cities:
- Toronto, Canada
- New York City, USA
- Chicago, USA
- San Salvador, El Salvador
- Los Angeles, USA
- Federal Way, Wash., USA
- Seattle, USA
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Seoul, South Korea
- Hong Kong
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Delhi, India
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Dublin, Ireland
World Vision’s AIDS Survey: Global Attitudes
|In addition, this year, World Vision issued the results of its first-ever international AIDS Attitudes Survey. This report reflects the attitudes about the global AIDS crisis among populations in seven wealthy countries: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France and Japan.|
The survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, measures levels of concern about the international AIDS issue in these countries. Advocacy groups like World Vision can use these results to see where additional education is needed to educate groups to the scope and scale of the global AIDS crisis.
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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.