news / World Aids Day 2018
We are incredibly grateful for the support of all the schools and colleges who will help us with our campaign this year, increasing awareness of the illness and helping to raise vital funds for our AIDS and HIV programmes in South Africa.
South Africa is a nation where there are an estimated 7.06 million individuals living with HIV, a number greater than in any other single country in the world. Tragically the individuals most greatly affected by this pandemic are the children. In 2017 there were an estimated 1.85 million children in South Africa orphaned by AIDS.
Children living with HIV or AIDS may not only lose their parents but their youth as well. If a child loses a parent it can become their responsibility to look after the family and earn an income, reducing their chances of continuing their education and negatively impacting their futures.
Tackling the AIDS epidemic is a campaign ardently supported by Nelson Mandela:
"The more we lack the courage and the will to act, the more we condemn to death our brothers and sisters, our children and our grandchildren. When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of a global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?"
- Nelson Mandela 2004
Through the their programmes of work the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund supports children headed households and children who are caring for sick parents in South Africa.
By supporting our World Aids Day campaign you can make a positive difference to the life of a South African child orphaned by HIV or AIDS.
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