10 ways to take action against AIDS today
What can you do about a global pandemic? Read on. We invite you to do something (especially on December 1), in solidarity with MCC’s partners around the world who are working hard to speak out about AIDS.
1. Tell friends and family about MCC’s World AIDS Day online photo galleries, showing the hope and strength of women living with HIV in Zambia, or of the incredible work taking place at Mengo clinic in Uganda. Share them on Facebook or by e-mail.
2. Wear a red ribbon. The red ribbon is an international symbol of support for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The ribbon is a way to show your support for the 33 million people living with HIV and AIDS; remember the more than 25 million who have died from the disease and the 15 million children orphaned by AIDS; raise awareness that the disease remains a risk; symbolize your commitment to help alleviate the suffering; and provide an image of hope that this tragic disease can be overcome.
3. Listen to some tunes. Go to takeyourplace.mcc.org to learn about CDs by Kim Thiessen and Darryl Neustaedter Barg that raise money for MCC’s HIV and AIDS work and to listen to samples of the music. Share what you find on Facebook or Twitter.
4. Make an AIDS caregiver kit. See mcc.org/kits/aids
5. Reflect on how your congregation can be engaged with the issue of HIV and AIDS and show compassion for people living with and affected by the disease.
6. Write a letter. Ask lawmakers to increase your country’s contribution to global funding for HIV and AIDS.
7. Take a walk. Around the world, caregivers walk long distances each day to reach the homes of people living with HIV. Go for a stroll or hike and remember them in prayer.
8. Order the MCC AIDS Action Toolkit to learn more about MCC’s HIV and AIDS work, see how churches around the world are responding to the pandemic and explore how you can take action.
9. Say a prayer. Recite one of these prayers, which are from the MCC AIDS Action Toolkit.
10. Check out our "Project Spotlight", featuring the work and stories of many of our partners around the world.