Today (December 1, 2010) is World AIDS Day. Last year nearly ½ million babies were born with HIV. If we add that number to an equal number of mother and on top of that an equal number of fathers we have 1.5 million and we have not even begun to unearth the real numbers. By 2015, that number could be zero. We can make it a reality. But how? People living with HIV and AIDS have needs. Those needs may vary. It may be the support of friends and family; it may be access to care and treatment; it may even be a warm shelter and a hot meal but whatever their need, the aid received will be so much of a blessing to their lives.
Today, my prayer is that those winning against HIV and AIDS will be blessed by one act of kindness from the rest of the world: a hug; a meal; financial donations to the agencies that offer care and support to people living with HIV and AIDS. Find out how you can volunteer or contribute. Be a blessing by giving aids (help) and allowing someone else to be blessed by receiving. For, from the perspective of those living with HIV and AIDS it is more blessed to receive!
(picture from http://flickriver.com/groups/hiv_aids/pool/interesting/)
If you will like to know how you can help, you may contact Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) at (876)978-4668/7876 or visit their website http://www.jamaicaaidssupport.com You may also visit their offices at 4 Upper Musgrave Avenue.
You may also want to contact Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC):
Caribbean Vulnerable Communities
4 Upper Musgrave Avenue, Kingston10, Jamaica, West Indies
Tel/Fax: +1 876 978 9482
ASK THEM HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER OR MAKE A DONATION. ALL MONIES GIVEN WILL GO DIRECTLY INTO PROGRAMMES THAT BENEFIT THOSE LIVING WITH THE DISEASE.