World AIDS Day – Be Part of the Solution

I’m a little late today…but joining in nonetheless. Since I LOVE spending hours each week in my car, I decided to make a quick (nearly two hour each way) trip for an unexpected appointment with an oral surgeon. Fortunately, the problem was small and easy to resolve. Now on to the important topic I had planned to blog about today.

Today is World AIDS Day – a day that I hope will cause us to pause and consider the effect of AIDS in our world, particularly on continents that are not so fortunate as we are. I wish I could show you the effect of AIDS in Ethiopia, where a person cannot remain untouched by this disease. So many children are left to care for themselves as their parents die. So many grandparents are left to raise their grandchildren whose parents have died of AIDS.

I live in America, where there is food, and comfort, and ARV’s that keep my children healthy. I thank God that tomorrow I will get in the car for yet another trip to Seattle, but there I will find the finest medical care for my children, clean needles for blood draws, high-tech laboratory equipment that will give us helpful information, H1N1 vaccines, all in a place that cares about children and has medical providers who are both brilliant and kind.

From HIV to Home is launching a Five for Five event today. I will be linking to Jennifer’s blog each day during this project, but to make it extra easy for you today, here is what she posted on her blog:

Welcome to World AIDS Day and the start of our Five for Five campaign – a chance to give $5 a day for 5 days – each day funding a different project serving orphans living with HIV!

Today’s project is “Agape Children’s Home” in Thailand. Located in Chiang Mai Thailand, the Agape Home for babies with HIV/AIDS opened in May 1996 as a response to the plight of children impacted by the spread of HIV/AIDS across Thailand. All of the children who come to the Agape Home to live are, or are at risk of being, HIV positive. Many of them have already lost their parents to AIDS, and there are no other options for their care.

All “5 for 5” donations received today (December 1) will be designated toward Agape’s current building project – a village of smaller homes where children will be able to live in a more family-type situation rather than in one large facility.
To give:

click here to be directed to our donor page at Network for Good and type “5 for 5” in the designation box.

To share:

share the link to this page ( wherever you can today – Facebook, Twitter, emails, blogs!

[Note: In honor of World AIDS Day, I am postponing our Tuesday Topic until tomorrow – if you were planning to reply, but haven’t gotten to it, it isn’t too late to join the discussion.]


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Cassc
    December 2, 2009

    Hi Lisa,
    You probably don't want to distract people with to many different ideas, but doctors without boarders is doing an email campaign to encourage the major pharmaceutical companies to make their AIDS medications more accessible: you can read about that here:
    I pray that through God's grace, someday, we won't need a world AIDS day anymore…


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