The campaign is in fact beginning with partners and projects in Africa that are already educating people about the spread of HIV/AIDS, helping AIDS orphans get a start in life, and enabling AIDS widows to earn a living for themselves and their families.
The Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus in Ethiopia, an ELCA partner church, is training 300 educators each year for five years. These people will teach HIV/AIDS prevention in their communities. Workshops are held to educate church members about the disease so that they in turn are able to communicate HIV prevention information to as many people as possible. The 3.3 million members of Mekane Yesus would make an army of AIDS educators in Ethiopia.
It is estimated that one third of the adult population in Zambia is HIV-positive. In a Lutheran World Federation program there, community leaders are using lectures, drama and printed material to educate people on how to change their behavior in order to prevent HIV/AIDS. The message at these educational activities is, "to prevent AIDS, you must change your behavior."
In Tanzania and Kenya, Lutheran World Relief partner Operation Crossroads Africa is working with families and communities. In Kenya, near Lake Victoria, HIV/AIDS awareness is taught in schools. In Tanzania, teachers at 10 schools for AIDS orphans receive assistance. This campaign partnership is reaching more than 5,000 people.
In Uganda, a special school serves a unique district. Impoverished by war and the AIDS epidemic, the Rakai district today has a large population of orphans.
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