Our Efforts; AIDS Orphans Awareness Day
Our ThinkQuest team held an AIDS Orphans Awareness Day at Princess Anne High School on March 19, 2008. The event encompassed collecting public opinion data from participants, showing a power-point presentation about HIV/AIDS and AIDS orphans, playing a film about an AIDS orphan, signing petitions to politicians, and selling food and t-shirts in order to raise money for AIDS orphans. Around fifty students attended to learn about the AIDS and AIDS orphan crisis and to participate in our activities.
Before the event started we asked participants to fill out a ten-question survey testing their previous knowledge of AIDS and AIDS orphans- and we found that the majority of the people were unaware of how bad the problems are. Then we officially started the event by presenting the research and analysis from this website through a power-point presentation. Next we showed the film Beat The Drum, a drama about an AIDS orphan in South Africa who learns about HIV/AIDS and the difficulty of living without parents and on the street. During this time we also gathered fifty signatures in petitions to our local representative and senator in support of the US Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS bill, which renews PEPFAR (a bill which grants $30 billion dollars in funding for global HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria programs) and adds an additional $20 billion dollars to spending. Nik, one of our team members, designed t-shirts promoting our cause and we sold them along with baked goods to benefit World Visionís programs for AIDS orphans and widows. Jeff also got his parentsí Chinese food restaurant to donate a few trays of food to also sell for donations. In the end we raised over $300 which will go toward the repair of a blighted home in Africa and the care of ten AIDS orphans or at-risk children.
If you would like to hold your own AIDS Orphans Awareness Day, we offer you the following material which we presented at our own awareness day: