The annual AIDS Walk
Africa is sponsored by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS
Foundation, in order to raise awareness and funds for children
and families living with AIDS and HIV around the world. This
year the foundation is offering scholarships for walkers between
the ages of 18 and 25 who are interested in AIDS Walk Africa,
which will take place in Swaziland June 30 to July 5.
The scholarships will cover the $15,000 each participant must
raise for the Foundation and a $1,000 deposit that covers their
meals, lodging, and local transportation. Participants arrange
their own transportation to Africa.
Experienced guides will lead walkers into communities in the
area affected with HIV and AIDS, where they will visit foundation
clinics and hospitals, meet doctors, nurses, scientists, and,
most importantly, the children and families living with the disease.
The Foundation hopes that the participants of the walk will grow
in understanding with what is going on in this community today,
and that this will broaden their views of life.
Swaziland is home to the most intense HIV and AIDS epidemic in
the world,” said Robert Yule, the foundation’s media
manager, who explains that in Swaziland one third of the adult
population lives with HIV. “Globally, an estimated 33.2
million people are living with HIV, 2.5 million of whom are children,” said
One of the main goals for the foundation is to combat pediatric
AIDS. In order to do so the foundation creates training and research
programs, including a Foundation Youth Ambassadors program for
scholarship recipients who, during the school year, will share
their story with different schools and communities.
Youth involvement in the fight against pediatric AIDS is critical
to the development of future philanthropic and humanitarian leadership
to combat this devastating pandemic,” said Yule.
By Feb. 29, interested students should submit to www.pedaids.org/AWAScholarship.an
essay of 500 words or less answering the question, “What
can YOU do as a young person to make a difference in the fight
against pediatric AIDS?”