Africare continues its Pass It On! Campaign and honors World Aids Day 2009 with an inspiring story out of Tanzania about a group of young children using their gift of art to help cope with HIV/AIDS.
They say if a picture could talk, it would speak a thousand words.
That is the goal in Dodoma, Tanzania, where a group of young artists
have been given new tools to express themselves when words have failed.
Through drawings and paintings, these young children are finding ways
to talk about one of the hardest stories they have ever had to tell
– a story where AIDS has taken the life of their mother, their father
or a close loved one.
“This is for the orphans,” continues Dotto John. “I drew this picture
to show how our society tries to help to support orphans to get their
In 2005, Africare initiated a program to intensify HIV/AIDS
community-based outreach in an effort to empower youth impacted or at
risk of being affected by the virus. The Community-based Orphan Care
Protection and Empowerment Project, or COPE, addresses basic needs like
food, shelter, education and health care through support services and
training programs… giving young people the tools they need to succeed.
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Here you can read a detailed story about Africare's COPE Kids, the Africare COPE Project, and watch a video testimony straight from the artists!
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It's Africare's new campaign to connect YOU to
people overcoming major issues impacting the African continent, issues like
unsafe drinking water, food insecurity, and the growing number of children
orphaned by AIDS.
Each month, the campaign will bring you a new powerful
testimony told directly from the individuals who see, work with, or benefit
from Africare‘s assistance on the ground.
Each story is packaged in a format that is
ready to “pass on” to a friend or someone you know through video, social
networks, and even your phone!