Remember when people from around the world collaborated together on a massive quilt that completely covered The Mall in Washington DC? Remember when future Hall-of-Fame Basketball great, Magic Johnson, shocked the world by retiring early and revealing he was HIV-positive? For those of us that are considered Millenials (or Generation Y if you prefer), we’ve lived through a transformation. Arguably, one of the greatest societal shifts in perceptions and attitudes.
This is not a stump speech, an endorsement, or even a subversive political plea.
This is a reminder and a gift. A message of hope.
As our TV’s sets and news feeds monotonously tune in to the steady screeching of political debate, party pundits and campaigning figureheads, I believe it is important to take a deep breath, and REMEMBER THE POOR. There is no doubt that any election is an important and historical event. We should care about elected leaders, their ideas and what they stand for. But let’s not loose sight of the most monumental opportunities of hope we may ever face.
As I prepare to serve on a discussion panel tomorrow with Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, Raj Shah of USAID, Lois Quam of the U.S. State Department, and others, I am amazed and humbled by what the international faith community has helped to accomplish over the past decade in rolling back the tide of AIDS, […]
The AIDS 2012 Conference will be taking place in Washington, D.C., from July 22-27. In anticipation of this gathering that will connect AIDS experts from around the world, PBS’ Frontline aired a program this week on the disease, specifically as it has affected African Americans. You may imagine that Magic Johnson and his famous admission […]
It's hard for me to imagine a situation more desperate than a child born with a deadly disease — the same disease that killed both her parents. canexback At age 13, Mihiret assumed the role of mother over her two younger siblings aged 9 and 7. AIDS consumed both of these children's parents, and all […]
Many people are crushed by adversity, but some harness it to fuel their dreams. “I will be a medical doctor,” says Joel who, at age 10, grieved the deaths of both his parents. “I wish to establish this drug that will cure AIDS. It has taken many people, including some of my relatives.” When Food […]
In rural parts of Africa, it can be a struggle for HIV-positive people to access antiretroviral (ARV) therapy — drugs that extend and improve the quality of life. To those who can get the drugs, however, a possibly even bigger hurdle is to take them on a perfect schedule. If not adhered to correctly, the […]
Ever since the Garden of Eden, the devil has used lies to destroy people and separate us from God. Sometimes, he can be very sneaky and hard to detect, but other times, it's easy to see his work. In many places in Mozambique, the devil's lies trap generation after generation of families in extreme poverty. […]
When FH teaches married couples about marital faithfulness as a way to protect oneself from HIV, other wonderful results often pop up. Here is testimony from a man in Mozambique who, along with his wife, participated in FH's prevention programs which include lessons on non-verbal communication, conflict resolution and child rearing. From left: Antonio and […]
This story comes from FH staff member Renee Targos. Through Food for the Hungry's HIV/AIDS program in Haiti, people are winning the fight. Jure Gaston lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Once a physically strong man working as a karate teacher, Jure became so ill he was unable to stand. He didn't understand what was happening to his […]
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