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STAND WITH AFRICA: A CAMPAIGN OF HOPE

Lent 2001 marked the launch of Stand With Africa a three-year campaign of Lutheran World Relief, the ELCA World Hunger Program and LCMS World Relief. The campaign supports African churches and communities as they withstand HIV/AIDS, banish hunger and build peace. It gives special emphasis to an often forgotten continent that is a place of promise and progress, despite its problems.

" WITHSTANDING AIDS


The first year of the campaign focuses on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. Stand with Africa supports programs such as HIV prevention education, training HIV educators and working with AIDS orphans and widows so they can take care of themselves.

" BANISHING HUNGER


In addition to ongoing HIV/AIDS projects, working with people to help them grow enough food to eat will be a priority of Stand With Africa in the second year. Local agricultural projects that assure good nutrition and producing enough surplus crops to sell are supported.

" BUILDING PEACE


Many countries of Eastern and Southern Africa have been engaged in or have experienced repercussions from war or major civil violence since the mid-1970s. In 2003, Stand With Africa supports local projects of conflict resolution and peace building while continuing its work on HIV/AIDS and hunger projects.

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