On April 1, AHOPE for Children launched Text2Give, a major campaign to raise awareness for World AIDS Orphans Day and for the over 20 million children orphaned by AIDS worldwide. The Text2Give mobile giving campaign culminates on World AIDS Orphans Day, May 7, 2010. And new PSAs are now available featuring celebs including, Katrina Law, Bobbie Eakes and Josh Moore.
World AIDS Orphans Day is an international movement to underscore the magnitude of the AIDS orphans crisis and to call for immediate action to mitigate the dangerous plight of these vulnerable children. AHOPE for Children’s Text2Give campaign answered that call by spearheading a major donation drive that utilizes the effectiveness and ease of mobile giving.
The world’s most vulnerable and neglected child is an HIV positive orphan. “To date, 2.2 million of the 20 million AIDS orphans are themselves HIV positive. Each year, 300,000 children die of the disease. Another crushing statistic: 500,000 children were infected with AIDS this year alone – that’s about 300 children since you got up this morning,” says Tom Starko, the Executive Director for AHOPE for Children.
Without help, children who have lost parents to AIDS have little hope for survival. Most of these orphans eventually become homeless and never know when their next meal will be; starvation and hopelessness become their daily reality. Even orphans taken in by extended family encounter problems: they have little or no access to healthcare or schooling, many are subjected to negative stigmatization and discrimination within the community, and they become susceptible to exploitative forces such as child labor, prostitution, and child soldiering
“We ask for your support in our Text2Give drive. With just a few taps of your finger, you can make a huge difference in the quality of life for these at-risk children”, Starko continues.
You only need a mobile phone with a major carrier to become a donor and provide relief to an AIDS orphan. To give, text “AHOPE” in the message box to “85944”. You will receive a message asking you to confirm. Please reply “YES” to process your donation. Your carrier will add $10 to your next phone bill.
AHOPE for Children is a non-profit dedicated to serving HIV positive orphans in Ethiopia. AHOPE for Children provides these children with a safe and loving home environment, literacy and basic education, life-saving medications, and the necessary tools to live a healthy and fully realized life. Most importantly, they believe their lives are valuable and they can contribute something significant to our world.
With your help, we can raise $100,000 by May 7 and change these children’s lives. It can be done. So far, the lives of hundreds of children have been saved. On May 7, we will begin our work on 2,000,000 more.
For additional information, please visit AHOPE for Children at: www.ahopeforchildren.org