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Children fending for themselves: African AIDS orphans have no parents and, no matter how young they are, they have only each other ... the older children struggle to serve as "parents" and breadwinners for their younger brothers and sisters. All these children need adult help and care. Helping Africa's Children Orphaned by AIDS, a project of Africare, can give the needed help and care to so many more needy orphans and the community members who want to give better care, if it's chosen as the winning project by The Members Project of American Express®. Vote by June 17!

AMERICAN EXPRESS®
CARDMEMBERS!

Support Africare Through The Members Project of American Express®

Vote for
Helping Africa's Children Orphaned by AIDS
Project #00060 • Category: Community Development

- a project of Africare -

Deadline: Sunday, June 17


WASHINGTON, DC, May 15, 2007 — Africare invites American Express® Cardmembers to help the youngest victims of the African AIDS epidemic — the AIDS orphans — through The Members Project. Vote by Sunday, June 17, to put Africa's AIDS orphans at the top of the list for the Members Project's $5 million grant. Africare will carry out the project, but we need your vote — which costs you nothing — to win the grant.

"The Members Project is an exciting and innovative new initiative that gives American Express® Cardmembers the chance to dream up, and ultimately unite behind, one idea that will have a positive impact in the world around us. American Express® will fund the winning idea with up to $5 million," the company announced today, going on to explain, "The Members Project is unique in that the project ideas are not generated by American Express®; they are generated by our Cardmembers."

 

PROBLEM • "The children AIDS has left behind": Africa, especially Southeastern Africa, has 80 percent of all the AIDS orphans in the world today. As their mothers die of AIDS, as their fathers die of AIDS, as their adult "extended families" die of AIDS, a whole new generation of African children are being forced to grow up too fast. At young ages, they have to take on adult responsibilities — raising their younger brothers and sisters, trying to earn some money to survive, trying to stay in school and keep their siblings in school … and those are struggles they often just can't win. They don't have enough food, they might have no shelter, they have no place to turn for medical care when they get sick, and they're exposed to all kinds of dangers "living on the streets." Truly, these are the children left behind. The last estimate by the World Health Organization stated that more than 12 million children in Africa have been orphaned by AIDS. Africare offers an outstanding project — called COPE — to help those forgotten children to become safe and secure and to have the education and training to build good futures for themselves.

COPE stands for Community-based Orphan Care,
Protection and Empowerment

SOLUTION * Africare's COPE Project: COPE aims to empower young children crippled by the loss of their parents and caretakers by giving both the children and the larger community the tools they need. The Africare work addresses basic needs like food, shelter, education, health care and age-appropriate income-generating activities. COPE is now active in four Southeastern African nations — Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — and aims to help 2 million orphans and vulnerable children and to strengthen their community care-giving networks. Easing their pain. Giving back the opportunities and support they need to succeed.

HOW YOU CAN HELP • Through the American Express® Members Project: For every Cardmember who participates, American Express® will donate $1 — up to $5 million to help make one project come to life. COPE can be the next project!

Click here to learn more about the American Express® Members Project and to cast your vote for Africare's Helping African Children Orphaned by AIDS (project #00060; category, Community Development) by Sunday, June 17.

 

HERE ARE THE TWO STEPS TO TAKE RIGHT NOW:

1. Vote for this project by Sunday, June 17 —
Helping Africa's Children Orphaned by AIDS

Click here to register and vote!

PROJECT WRITE-UP ON AMERICAN EXPRESS WEB SITE:

"Helping Africa's Children Orphaned by AIDS"

Category: Community Development
Project ID: 00060
Date Posted: 5/16
Project Description: Food, Shelter, Education, Healthcare, and Economic Income: 12 million children in Africa are forced to cope without dependable access to these basic necessities on a daily basis. The death of a mother, father or guardian due to the AIDS pandemic has forced millions of children to assume the roles of adulthood in order to provide for their family. The need for a program to address these concerns is imperative to levy the burden placed on the shoulders of these children, and address the long-term needs of a new generation left to fend for themselves. The ideal program would support Africa's orphans and vulnerable children in the areas of: Food, Shelter, Education, Healthcare, and Income Generation. These basic necessities are the keys to life... necessities that every child deserves.

2. Tell your friends!
Ask them to register and vote by Sunday, June 17, too!

The more people who vote for Africare's Helping Africa's Children Orphaned by AIDS, the bigger the impact can be. Remember: For every Cardmember who participates, American Express® will donate $1 — up to $5 million — to help make one project come to life. COPE can be the next project! Be sure to spread the word.

 

COMPLETE TIMELINE FOR THE MEMBERS PROJECT:
MAY 15 - AUGUST 7, 2007

  • Tuesday, May 15: Project Idea Submission Begins
  • Sunday, June 17: Project Idea Submission Close (11:59PM EST)
  • Monday, June 18: Selection Process for Top 50 Project Ideas Begins
  • Thursday, June 28: Selection Process for Top 50 Project Ideas Ends
  • Tuesday, July 3: Top 50 Announcement
    (And … you vote for Top 25 Project Ideas from 12:00AM EST on July 3 through 11:59PM EST on July 15)
  • Tuesday, July 17: Top 25 Announcement
    (And … you vote for Top 5 Project Ideas from 12:00AM EST on July 17 through 11:50PM EST on July 22)
  • Tuesday, July 24: Top 5 Announcement
    (And … you vote for one Winning Idea from 12:00AM EST on July 24 through 11:59PM EST on August 5)
  • Tuesday, August 7: Finale/Winning Idea Announcement

Click here to learn more about the American Express® Members Project and to vote for Africare's help to Africa's AIDS orphans — Helping Africa's Children Orphaned by AIDS (project #00060; category, Community Development) — by Sunday, June 17.

If you are not an American Express® Cardmember, there are still many ways to donate toward the COPE program.
Click here
to donate directly to Africare. Or, get more options by reading our checklist: "10 Ways You Can Help Africa" (click here).

 

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