Take action for AIDS-affected children

The AIDS crisis is leaving a generation of children in jeopardy. In 2006 alone, AIDS killed an estimated 380,000 children under the age of 15. By 2010, there will be 15.7 million children orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and 20.2 million children orphaned by the disease globally. America has become a strong leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to continue exercising leadership on this critical issue.

IF YOU LIKE YOU CAN COPY AND PASTE THE SAMPLE LETTER BELOW INTO AN E-MAIL TO SEND TO YOUR SENATORS AND/OR REPRESENTATIVE:

SUBJECT: Keep fighting global AIDS,

Dear [Decision maker],

Thank you for passing the bipartisan Global AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Bill -- a historic bill that will bring relief to millions of people suffering from and affected by these diseases.

As someone who deeply cares about children, families and communities affected by AIDS, I urge you to ensure that we fulfill our commitment to increase resources to battle this global pandemic.

Considered the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time, the AIDS crisis is leaving a generation of children in jeopardy. In 2006 alone, AIDS killed an estimated 380,000 children under the age of 15. By 2010, there will be 15.7 million children orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and 20.2 million children orphaned by the disease globally. AIDS destabilizes families and entire societies, leaving children without the care and support necessary to survive, grow and thrive.

In order to continue exercising leadership on this issue, the United States must:

>> Fully fund the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief over the next five years by providing at least $7 billion in fiscal year 2009;

>> Commit to setting aside 10 percent of AIDS funding for orphans and vulnerable children;

>> Given the deadly synergy between HIV and AIDS and malaria, fulfill the commitment to providing $48 billion over the next five years HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

America has become a strong leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS. I, along with World Vision, ask that Congress continue to increase the U.S. contribution to the global AIDS fight and ensure that AIDS-affected children are not forgotten.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


World Vision Hope

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