September 11-18, Bethany United Methodist Church will host an educational AIDS Exhibit called World Vision’s Step into Africa, a multimedia, interactive exhibit that allows visitors to step into the lives of actual children affected by HIV and AIDS in the hardest-hit region of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, where about 22 million people are infected with HIV (2/3 of the world’s total cases).
To be honest, HIV/AIDS wasn’t much on my radar until I covered HIV/AIDS for Endless Beauty here, here, and here. Only then did I realize what a global, widespread issue it still is, and how little progress has been made.
World Vision’s Step into Africa is free and open to the public, featuring a 2,500 square foot replica of an African village. Visitors tour the village, listening on headsets to a personal audio track telling the true stories of four children–Kombo, Babirye, Emmanuel and Mathabo–whose lives have been affected by AIDS, offering visitors the opportunity to see, hear, and experience the devastating effects of AIDS in a very personal way.
Sunday, September 11 – Sunday, September 18. 10a–8p daily except 10a–8:30p on September 12 and 15 / Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd.
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world’s poor regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit www.worldvision.org.