World AIDS Day 2012

December 1 marks World AIDS Day 2012.  HIV and AIDS continue to be a tragic and widespread part of the lives of the children Lahash seeks to help in East Africa.  In 2010 there were an estimated 22.9 million people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. This has increased since 2009, when an estimated 22.5 million people were living with HIV, including 2.3 million children.  Almost 90% of the 16.6 million children orphaned by AIDS live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

HIV and AIDS impacts many of the children in the Lahash sponsorship program, be it for those orphaned by the disease, or for those who are HIV positive.  Today we remember the precious lives that have been cut short by this disease and pray for an end to the destruction it has caused across East Africa and the world. We are so thankful to be partnered with courageous African leaders who are who are fighting against the stigma of HIV/AIDS and compassionately caring for children and adults affected by the disease.

The global theme for World AIDS Day from 2011-2015, is “Getting to Zero.” Backed by the United Nations, the “Getting to Zero” campaign focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. On this day we want to remind everyone that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, improve education, and lovingly care for all those who suffer with this disease.

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