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The World Vision Experience: AIDS

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The World Vision Experience: AIDS allows the American public to step through a window into the lives of actual children affected by HIV and AIDS in the hardest-hit region of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa.

Visitors to the interactive exhibit listen to a personal audio track relating the story of a real child whose life has been affected by AIDS, as they walk through a replica of an African village and experience the effects of the pandemic in a personal way.

The World Vision Experience: AIDS is traveling to 80 cities during 2007 and 2008.
©2007/Laura Reinhart/World Vision

HIV and AIDS: A Global Pandemic

  • About 33 million people globally are living with HIV or AIDS (nearly the population of Canada).
  • Last year, more than 2.5 million people were newly infected with HIV.
  • More than 28 million have already died of AIDS.
  • The pandemic is the greatest medical, social and economic challenge the world as a whole now faces.

Exhibit Focuses on Children

The stories profiled in the two exhibits (Big Foot 2-East and Big Foot 2-West) are inspired by true events of real children. The children (whose real names are used by permission) are:

  • Kombo: Big trucks and the “Big Disease” roll past one boy’s home at a Kenyan truck stop along the AIDS Highway.
  • Babirye: In the epicenter of AIDS in Africa, a young Ugandan girl watches her father die and her mother grow weak and wonders if she’ll be next.
  • Emmanuel: A young boy and his brother must survive in the wild, caring for themselves after losing their mother and their home in Uganda.
  • Mathabo: One girl feels the sting of abandonment as she faces hunger, assault, and disease alone in the highlands of Lesotho.

Kombo is one of four children whose story is told through the Experience.
©2006/Robert Coronado/World Vision

Children Are Affected the Most

  • A generation — more than 15 million — has been orphaned (lost one or both parents) to AIDS.
  • By 2010, the number of children orphaned by AIDS will be more than 20 million, according to United Nations estimates. Among those will be a staggering 10 million in sub-Saharan Africa who have lost both parents.
  • Children are suffering the loss of parents, teachers, community members and peers as a result of the pandemic. The tragic loss of key adults who once provided stability and protection has resulted in a rapid increase of children who are malnourished, forced to drop out of school and exploited for cheap labor.
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Touring the U.S

The Experience is traveling to 80 cities during 2007 and 2008.

Approximately 2,000 to 4,000 visitors are expected to tour the Experience in each city during a typical five-day schedule.

See tour schedule here.

The stories profiled in the two new exhibits are inspired by true events of real children.
©2007/Laura Reinhgardt/World Vision

World Vision’s Response to the Pandemic in Africa

World Vision is working to reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS through innovative and compassionate care, prevention efforts and effective advocacy.

  • Some 770,000 children received values-based HIV-prevention training last year.
  • An estimated 615,000 orphaned and vulnerable children and 42,000 chronically ill adults received care and assistance.
  • Approximately 11,000 church leaders from 6,500 congregations were mobilized to respond to the crisis.
Learn more about World Vision's response to the AIDS pandemic.

How Your Audience Can Help

  • Assemble Caregiver Kits. World Vision aims to collect 20,000 of these by World AIDS Day. The kits are full of basic supplies that can prolong the lives of those living with AIDS while protecting caregivers.
  • Pray. Encourage them to ask God how He would use them to take action.
  • Sponsor a child affected by AIDS through HopeChild sponsorships. To make a donation, refer your audience to 888-56-CHILD or

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Who Is World Vision?

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.

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