Today is December 1, 2011. Just another Thursday for most of us, the week after Thanksgiving and three weeks before Christmas. It is the holiday season. Today though I would like to do something different. Today, I want to write my blog in RED. It may be a bit more difficult to read. It may be hard on the eyes. But it serves a purpose. Today I want to call attention to World Aids Day.
I want to invite you to be a part of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. We are the richest generation of people to ever walk the earth. Most who read this blog have no need unmet. We have iphones and plasma TVs, the ability to travel across the globe seeking adventure, we have cars and homes, all the food we could ever want and a daily dose of Starbucks to boot. We’ve worked hard for these things.
But we are not normal. We are the blessed minority and therefore should live with a deep sense of gratitude for all that we have. And we should live generously. Here is what was once written to a group of folks who were considering giving to help others in need:
So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you’re shoulder to shoulder with them all the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even. As it is written, Nothing left over to the one with the most, Nothing lacking to the one with the least.
Today I want to encourage us to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in need. I do not know all the facts about AIDS in Africa. I am no expert, but I will tell you that 33 million people in the world have HIV/AIDS – and 22 million of them live in Africa.
And here’s the thing: I can do something about it. I can’t do a lot by myself, but I am not alone. You too can be part of winning the battle and so today I want to introduce you to two organization that are working to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa and throughout our world.
The first is RED. RED works with corporate partners to raise money for the Global Fund. To date, RED partners and events have contributed more than $175 million to the fund to help eliminate AIDS. Their project 2015 has a goal that by 2015 virtually no child would be born with HIV. Visit the RED website to see how you can do your part and consider gathering your friends and family together for a showing of The Lazarus Effect . (watch the trailer below)
The second organization that I would like to introduce you to is one I have known about for a bit longer and have been committed to support with 10% of the profits from my coaching and book sales since I started writing here at EDLL. Blood:Water Mission works to fight both HIV/AIDS and provide clean water to Africa and it was their Turn it Red campaign that inspired me to write red and spread the word. Here is what they have to say:
Over 33 million people in the world are infected with HIV/AIDS, and 2/3 of them live in Sub-Sarahan Africa. But because of the barriers of education and understanding, many of us don’t know anyone affected by this disease. For those living with HIV/AIDS, drinking contaminated water opens the door to opportunistic infections in an already weakened immune system. This direct link between AIDS and water launched the dual purpose of Blood:Water Mission: clean blood, free from HIV/AIDS and clean water, free from disease. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to AIDS, we are working through our partners to address the local gaps in HIV/AIDS programs implementing effective and sustainable solutions including education, treatment and support. Through our partnership in several communities, we have been able to walk alongside many living positively and get to know their stories. We now invite you to know them too. Here are a few inspiring people we’ve met along the way that we hope will help you be able to say “I Know Someone.”
Blood:Water Mission is small organization making a big difference and is where I want to invest my money to help solve this global crisis. For my part I would like to donate 50% of all proceeds from the sale of my guides to the work of Blood:Water Mission for the month of December.
For every guide that is sold this month, I will give 50% of the sale price to their work. So while you will be getting a fantastic resource for your language learning, you will also be giving the gift of clean water and HIV/AIDS prevention to Africa. You can check out all my guides HERE.
You don’t have to buy my guides to help though. You can go straight to one of these groups, read about what they are doing and get involved. Then we can stand shoulder to shoulder as we do our part. Thanks so much for reading.
Together we can make a difference in the world.
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