HIV is a major public health issue in Mali. A survey done in 2008 showed that more than 65% of youth had sex before they were 18 years old, and more than 20 percent had two or more sexual partners.
Out of every three young people asked, two don't believe that HIV even exists. Most infected children come from very poor families and have no way to pay for medication or improved nutrition which is a key part of regulating the side effects of their illness.
In October 2008, Gao Evangelical Church began a project to help children infected with HIV. This project has a great impact in the community because there is a noticeable improvement in the child's health condition.
The church has had many opportunities to witness to and counsel the children and their parents, restoring hope and opening avenues of witness and relationship to the children, their siblings, and parents.
Three Christians are already involved in the project, providing training and counselling. Those who have been helped are eager to listen to the Gospel when they experience compassion and love in their lives.
Gifts to this project will provide food, medicine, and school supplies for 50 children infected with HIV. It costs just £98 to help one child.