Everyday, an average of 1,000 people die from AIDS and AIDS-related conditions. The number of orphans in South Africa grew from 1.4 million at the end of 2007 from 780,000 at the end of 2003.(2)
That means that together with the effects of poverty an estimated 500 children a day became orphans.
The scale of the sadness, grief and suffering of these children should be enough to motivate not just the
working so hard to reduce the impact of this tragedy, but each one of us too, to find a way to do something.
Furthermore, in a 12 year span, the incidence of HIV among pregnant women has multiplied more than seven times, from an estimated 4.3 percent in 1993 to 30.2 percent in 2005. Most children born to HIV AIDS-infected women develop the condition themselves.(3) The situation is even worse in
This further accentuates the plight of the AIDS orphans, homeless children and other children in need as they live not only without the love of their parents, but with a potentially life-threatening disease.
So what hope is there for an AIDS orphan?
These children face lives of extreme hardship but they have not been completely abandoned. Wonderful organisations in South Africa and around the world have seen the need and responded with energy.
The photographs are courtesy of World Vision, whose CEO also made the powerful statement at the top of the page.(3)
These charities work hard to provide love, shelter, education and food for these children in need. We hope Knit-a-square will do as good a job in
providing warmth for the Aids Orphans
of Southern Africa.
So please knit a square (or more) and
send them to Africa
to make up blankets for the children.
The video below was created by World Vision. Its message is compelling. I hope it will touch your heart and hopefully encourage you to do something.
for stories of the children, their blankets and you, the square knitters.