Virtual Africa Exhibit Brings the Horrors of AIDS Home

The “World Vision Experience: AIDS” interactive exhibit opens to the public for a journey into an AIDS-Affected community in Africa, as seen through the eyes of four children
Turlock, CA —The nationally touring, interactive “World Vision Experience: AIDS” exhibit will be at New Life Christian Center to raise awareness about the effects of the AIDS pandemic on children in developing countries.  New Life Christian Center is hosting this innovative exhibit in order to engage the community on the issue of how AIDS is devastating parts of Africa.  The free exhibit will be open to the public from Thursday, September 18 through Tuesday, September 23.
“World Vision is providing the people of Stainislaus county with an opportunity to see, hear and experience in a personal way the lives of children whose worlds have been devastated by AIDS,” said David Larson, Senior Pastor
Visitors to the 2,300 square foot exhibit will walk though a replica of an African village while listening on headsets to a story of a child whose life has been affected by AIDS.  The stories profiled in the exhibit are those of four real children touched by the work of World Vision, and are inspired by true events.
“We are excited to host the exhibit and invite the community to come join us as we do our part to make an impact in the lives of those most affected by this disease,” says Larson.
The exhibit is slated to reach 80 cities during 2007 and 2008.  About 3,000 to 4,000 visitors are expected to tour the exhibit in each city during a typical five-day stay. 
“World Vision, unfortunately, cannot take thousands of Americans to Africa to witness the tragedy of the AIDS pandemic personally,” says Richard E. Stearns, president and CEO of World Vision, U.S. “So we’ve created this exhibit to enable people to ‘step into Africa’ and learn more about effects of the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time and how they can help.  No one can do everything, but each of us can to something to help turn the tide against AIDS.”
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