World AIDS Orphans’ Day 2012

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by sandy on May 7, 2012

Today it is World AIDS orphans day. The day was established in 2002 by FBX International.

The story of FBX International is a touching one in itself.

Their website describes how, “FBX International carries the name François-Xavier Bagnoud who was helicopter pilot specialising in rescue operations. He dedicated his life to providing assistance to others and lost his life at the age of 24 during a helicopter-borne mission in Mali.

In 1989, his mother Albina du Boisrouvray, his family, and their friends founded the Association François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) in order to pursue, in the field of development, the values of generosity and compassion that guided his life.”

They, like KasCare’s knit-a-square and KasKids programs, are dedicated to supporting children made orphaned and vulnerable as a result of the twin perils HIV AIDS and poverty.

The goal of World AIDS orphans day is to raise awareness.

Today, writing for my book, the working title of which includes the word Clans, it seemed appropriate to have a little ‘what if’ dream.

On the basis that if you put it out there it can happen, here I share this excerpt from the book with you, in honour of the children we all seek to help.

“On a macro level, Facebook is a clan with over 500 million participants. On a micro level, each one of those members has their own clan. Face Book chooses to call us users. But what if they thought of us as members.

Just imagine if Face Book choose to involve its ‘members’ in just one small act each year to change the world.

How about awareness raising?

Let’s take just one of the least addressed and most challenging tragedies facing the world today; the ever escalating population of children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa.

Richard Stearns, CEO of World Vision said: “….I believe that this could very well be looked on as the sin of our generation . . . and our children 40 or 50 years from now will ask ‘what did you do while 40 million children became orphans in Africa?’

What if Face Book ‘member’s were asked to share with their clans just this statement alone? Following which, they may then be presented with easy choices to help raise this massive worldwide community voice in protest that such a situation can exist in today’s world.

Just the question, ‘what did you do while 40 million children became orphans?’ from the Face Book ‘voice’ would garner huge media attention and escalate the plight of these children as a priority for attention from the government bodies capable of making a change.

What if every member had some easy means to donate just $1 for membership each year? What could a Face Book Foundation, who would have the status to invite the likes of Richard Branson onto it’s board, do with $50 million dollars each year to better the lot of these children who suffer so?”

Take these children into your heart and let’s see if we can move mountains for them today and every day.

You can make a difference today one square at a time by joining the KasCommunity here.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary May 7, 2012 at 09:23

Beautifully written, Sandy!

Christi May 7, 2012 at 12:10

live simply, so that others can simply live….Gandhi

This would certainly allow us to have less “stuff” and instead GIVE to those in need!

Anne May 7, 2012 at 13:34

Sandy, your words are so touching – I hope everyone reads them and has a think. It would take so little from all of us to help so many… thanks for all you do!

Pam Antink May 7, 2012 at 13:53

Thanks Sandy, it was lovely to read how World Aids Orphans Day came about. The figures are just mind-boggling, but at least KAS is doing something to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

sandy May 8, 2012 at 04:54

A great truth Christi.

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