The virus known globally as HIV/AIDS continues to leave the most vulnerable in society at the most risk.
In Kenya families of children live alone, without parents, without means of support.
A minister who is faced with the awful reality of this situation on a daily basis told us that his greatest dream was to be able to buy one goat. One goat he explained would be the means by which a family of lone children could begin to provide a sustainable solution for their future. The produce from one goat would enable a child to return to school. Education for African families opens doors and holds keys not only for survival but for a brighter future.
In Ukraine 440,000 people have HIV and it is considered one of the most severe HIV/AIDS epidemics in Europe.
People often quote the saying “The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing”. Certainly the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe could bear witness to that. While the epidemic is ferocious amongst those who practice unprotected sex and drug users sharing needles, all of society has a common responsibility to take their part in stemming its river of destruction
In Ethiopia the incidence of HIV/AIDS is lower than other African nations.
Such a statistic is little comfort to those widows and orphans bereft of the male members of their family and support networks who have succumbed to the virus. Neither is it happy news for those newborn babies who have already contracted the virus in the womb or from mother’s milk.