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Project Luminescence

Bringing light to African AIDS orphans through Art

Three in the Wind – Jenny Sandbo

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All artwork has been donated by artists concerned for the welfare of AIDS orphaned children in Africa. 100% of the proceeds from donated artwork will provide direct services such as food, medicine and educational fees/materials. Your patronage of these artists will illuminate your life and the lives of these children in dire need.

2008 Calendar

A Wall for Social Consciousness

A Wall for Social Consciousness is pleased to announce that its 2008 calendars are now available. The children in this year's calendar were photographed in Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Cape Verde, India and Brazil. The photographs were taken by Johnny Fernandes during travels working with his non profit project raising funds for children orphaned by AIDS. Each month is accompanied by an inspirational quotation to keep you motivated and to remind you of how important it is to live your life to the fullest. 100% of funds raised from the calendar will benefit A Wall for Social Consciousness. The suggested donation is US $11 per calendar. Calendars can be ordered
through contacting:
http://www.eppardvision.org

MISSION

Project Luminescence has been created under the non-profit organization, A World Institute for Sustainable Humanity (AW.I.S.H.) to improve the plight of the estimated one million AIDS orphaned children living in Zimbabwe. Project Luminescence is raising funds to help provide food, health care, and school necessities through a virtual gallery where donated artwork is sold. 100% of the proceeds will go to direct assistance. Project Luminescence is working in conjunction with the Dominican Sisters-Zimbabwe and the Eppard Vision project “A Wall for Social Consciousness” to help alleviate the suffering caused by this dire situation. The AIDS orphaned children of Tariro Preschool/Nursery have been targeted as priority in receiving assistance from Project Luminescence.

BACKGROUND

Africa has been hit harder by the HIV/AIDS virus than any other region of the world. More than 17 million Africans have died from AIDS and another 25 million are infected with the virus, approximately 1.9 million of whom are children.

Every day in Africa:

  • HIV/AIDS kills 6,300 people
  • 8,500 people are infected with the HIV virus
  • 1,400 newborn babies are infected during childbirth or by their mothers' milk.

People with AIDS don't suffer alone—the disease attacks their families and communities as well. AIDS has stripped out an entire generation of parents, farmers, doctors, and leaders. 12 million African children have already lost one or both parents to AIDS, and unless we take serious action now, there will be more than 18 million AIDS orphans by the end of the decade. Millions of children will have lost not only their parents, but their teachers, nurses and friends too. Businesses are losing their workers, governments are losing their civil servants, and families are losing their breadwinners. As a result, entire communities are devastated and economies that are already crippled by poverty, debts and unfair trade policies are further compromised.

As the number of adults dying of AIDS rises over the next decade, an increasing number of orphans will grow up without parental care and love and will be deprived of their basic rights to shelter, food, health and education.

In African countries that have already had long, severe epidemics, AIDS is generating orphans so quickly that family structures can no longer cope. Traditional safety nets are unraveling as more young adults die of AIDS related illnesses. Families and communities can barely fend for themselves, let alone take care of the orphans. Typically, half of the people with HIV become infected before they are aged 25, developing AIDS and dying by the time they are aged 35, leaving behind a generation of children to be raised by their grandparents or left on their own in child-headed households

ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe is a country suffering a complex humanitarian crisis of drought impacted food shortages, international isolation, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has affected 25% of its population. 58% of those infected are women. At least 1.8 million Zimbabweans are living with the virus and 2,500 die every week. The current average life expectancy is 37.13 years. In 2005 there will be 1 million AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe, 200,000 with HIV/AIDS.

TARIRO PRESCHOOL/NURSERY – HATCLIFFE EXTENSION

Hatcliffe Extension is a Squatters' Camp of more than 30,000 people outside of Harare, Zimbabwe. AIDS orphaned children in this community live with surviving relatives or older siblings. Sister Patricia Walsh of the Dominican Convent is currently running various programs in Hatcliffe Extension providing food, medicine and education services/fees for AIDS orphaned children. The Tariro Preschool began the 2004 school year (see Annual Report) with 120 children, 6 teachers 2 cooks and a caretaker. The numbers increased to 180 children, and 9 teachers towards the end of the year. Two new classrooms were erected, along with a steel washing line. New blankets were made available for every child, new benches for the school, new crockery and spoons and many other things to make the lives of these little children more comfortable. Meals were provided daily for the children. A garden helped sustain the diet of the children throughout the year providing fresh vegetables as a change from the beans and soya nyama they normally get. Three children passed away from HIV/AIDS related illnesses and additional children began showing symptoms of the disease. Medicine was bought and children treated as far as possible with donations from friends in Germany. In addition to the Tariro Preschool, school fees assistance is being paid for 170 children in primary school and 5 children in high school.



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