Wednesday, April 7, 2010

World AIDS Orphans Day Press Release

It's been a long time since the last post, too long. There have been many changes at AHOPE for Children and while these changes were occurring the blog didn't get the attention it deserved. No excuses just our apologies...

It only seemed appropriate that our first post on the blog since our hiatus mirrored the last post and continued the heartfelt call to help. Again, we ask you to join us...

World AIDS Orphans Day is an international movement to highlight the urgency of the current AIDS orphan crisis and a call to action. AHOPE for Children's Text2Give campaign has answered that call by spearheading a major donation drive that takes advantage of the effectiveness and ease of mobile giving.

You only need a mobile phone and a plan with a major carrier to instantly become a donor and provide relief to the AIDS orphans. To give, text "AHOPE" in the message box to "85944". You will receive a message asking you to confirm. Make sure you respond by typing "YES" to make your donation count. Your donation of $10 will be added to your next phone bill.

To date, 2.2 million of the 20 million AIDS orphans are themselves HIV+. Each year 300,000 children die of the disease. Another crushing statistic: 500,000 children were infected with HIV this year alone - that's about 300 children since you got up this morning.

In addition to the destruction of their family and support networks, children orphaned by AIDS face increasing obstacles to survival: little or no access to medical care or schooling; vulnerability to hunger, starvation, and poverty; subjection to negative stigmatization and discrimination within the community; and amplified susceptibility to exploitative forces such as child labor, prostitution, and child soldiering.

With your help, we can raise $100,000 by May 7th and change these children's lives. It can be done. So far, the lives of hundreds of children have been saved. On May 7th, we will begin our work on 2,000,000 more.

Thanks for your support,
Tom Starko
Executive Director of AHOPE for Children