How You Can Help
While the toll of AIDS and HIV is heartbreaking, there is still so much we can do to make a difference. Through ADRA's programs, you can help provide hope to millions worldwide.
Thank you for telling your friends about HIV and AIDS facts, myths, and responses. Education is an important key to preventing the spread of these diseases, and providing hope to millions of affected people.
Please use this form to e-mail a special invitation to the ADRA HIV and AIDS Crisis section, and attach a personal message.
Embrace the challenge of fighting the spread of AIDS by participating in one or more of the activities below, which are suitable for all ages. Encourage others to do the same.
1. Pick a project from ADRA's Original Really Useful Gift Catalog. Read how you can directly impact one person's life by adopting a project. Buy a gift for a friend's birthday or other special event, do a group fund-raiser, or take up an offering to support this gift. You can order online or call 1.800.424.2372 for FREE copies.
2. Order ADRA's World AIDS Day red ribbons. FREE commemorative ribbons are available to distribute in your workplace, school, church, or community. Request ribbons online or call 1.800.424.2372. Please allow 10 business days for delivery.
3. Order your free copy of "The Face of AIDS." Show this six-minute video, designed for church, community, or school use, as an introduction to what HIV and AIDS look like today and how ADRA is responding to the pandemic. The video is available in VHS or DVD formats. Request a copy online or call 1.800.424.2372. Please allow 10 business days for delivery.
4. Listen to ADRA's World Radio interviews with ADRA staff as they discuss how ADRA is working to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS around the world. Listen online or request a CD. Allow 10 business days for delivery.
5. Share what you know with others, especially your children and students. Encourage and model sensitivity and compassion toward those affected by HIV and AIDS.
6. Make resources on HIV and AIDS available at your church and school.
7. Donate your time to an organization working with the HIV and AIDS community.
8. Plan and promote a multi-faith weekend or week of activities around World AIDS Day on December 1.
9. Invite a spokesperson from a local charity or nonprofit organization that works to assist the HIV and AIDS community to give a presentation on ways to use your time, gifts, or financial support to affect and enrich the lives of those impacted by HIV and AIDS.
10. Dedicate one of your church's prayer meetings, or a separate prayer service, to intercessory prayer for the family and friends of those affected by HIV and AIDS.
11. Initiate or support community programs that provide resources and show compassion to those impacted by HIV and AIDS.
12. Organize and train a volunteer team to provide home-based care, visit families impacted by HIV and AIDS, or provide counseling or group support.
13. Take a special offering on December 1 for ADRA's worldwide HIV and AIDS initiatives and projects, or partner with organizations fighting AIDS in your community. Periodic donations can be organized as the needs continue.
14. Learn and share the facts of how HIV and AIDS affect babies, disadvantaged women, and orphans. Help others see the other faces of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Challenge the ignorance and stigma that surround those impacted.
15. With young people, plan and present a program with a focus on healthy lifestyle choices.
16. Set up a debate about HIV and AIDS. Sample topics could include: (1) It's been said that people are either infected or affected by AIDS. How does AIDS affect you? (2) Do you agree or disagree that each person has a responsibility for others in the global family? ("I am [not] my brother's keeper.") (3) AIDS education encourages [discourages] sexual activity.
17. Organize a creative writing or poster competition for young people on the topic of HIV or AIDS, healthy lifestyle choices, etc.
18. Write letters to editors or articles for faith-based journals or newspapers, as well as for the secular press, emphasizing the need for religious groups to provide a compassionate response and advocate for the rights of those affected by HIV and AIDS.