Monday, February 21, 2005

Day of Projects

Before I go to school to write my Strategic Planning exam, I go upstairs to fix myself a cup of coffee that Howard got me from Planet Bean. Then I'm off to a meeting with Mennonite Central Committee to plan ways of raising funds for their Generations at Risk AIDS relief program.

They communicate through the Mennonite and Brethren churches, produce CD's to raise money, assemble relief kits to be distributed by volunteers and give money to local organizations in Africa, Asia and other poor areas affected by AIDS. They want to give more orphans resources, more people care, and education to prevent the spread of AIDS, but there is a long way to go.

Whereas the tsunami was a hard hit that captured the public's attention, people seldom think about AIDS as a worthy issue because it's an ongoing epidemic. Jubilee 2000 never happened and third world countries are still in billions of dollars of debt. Other relief organizations like Artists Against AIDS Worldwide have been set up because celebrities like Bono and Fred Durst have taken a stance and decided to make a difference. It may take recognizable stars like Alisha Keyes to get people to pull together, but if so, then so be it, you can make a difference. MCC sees themselves making a difference by providing money to local organizations that can use it more effectively. They want to build relationships and support structures that will last, instead of providing band-aid solutions that merely cover the problem up from public view.


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