Item description for AIDS Orphans Rising: What You Should Know and What You Can Do To Help Them Succeed by Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd...
Every 14 seconds a Child Headed Household is formed
The death of parents from AIDS leaves behind little children, often four or five of them, who desperately want to stay together as a family. In the literature, they call them Child Headed Households. Imagine watching your mother and father slowly die before your eyes, leaving you to bury them and then to raise and care for your younger brothers and sisters. AIDS Orphans Rising takes you through the daily lives of these children.
What do they eat?
Where do they live?
How do they survive?
What can I do to help?
Each chapter provides weblinks to organizations working with these children as well as real solutions, actions that you can take now to help these children not only survive, but succeed.
By 2010, there will be 25,000,000 AIDS orphans! Left alone, they will be uneducated, disenfranchised, and unwanted: ripe candidates for radicalization and exploitation by dictators and terrorists. If good people like yourself do not reach out to these children so they can get love, an education and set up in some profitable enterprise, civilization will deteriorate to a point that you will not even recognize it.
"This book is an inspiring gem of human caring for human. Particularly, the last chapter is beautiful and inspiring. It is very clearly written, and for the ordinary reader, and yet it is a fully documented scholarly work." -Bob Rich, PhD, author Cancer: A Personal Challenge
100% of all profits from this book will go to help the Child Headed Households
For more info: www.AIDSOrphansRising.org
Published by Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 12, 2007
Publisher Loving Healing Press
ISBN 1932690476 ISBN13 9781932690477
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Reviews - What do customers think about AIDS Orphans Rising: What You Should Know and What You Can Do To Help Them Succeed?
Something that needs to be known Jul 20, 2008
Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd has a doctorate in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University. Sister Lloyd has worked with Religious Teachers Filippini for twelve years. The organization helps orphans and child-headed families. Her experiences in Albania, Brazil, Ethiopia, Eritrea and India has made her want to share the plight of child-headed families with the world. 100% of the profits from this book go to help child headed households.
Sister Lloyd has found that most of the child-headed households she sees are a result of AIDS. According to Sister Lloyd, the AIDS epidemic in Africa is out of control and shows no signs of slowing down. She feels that by writing this book she is doing her bit in helping ease the suffering of children left orphaned by this awful disease.
I might have enjoyed the book more had it not read so much like a dissertation. I would have liked to have heard more personal stories of the children and how Sister Lloyd interacted with them. However, that being said, the book is written well and all the facts are backed up. It is a book that everyone who is concerned about AIDS in Africa should read.
Good Hearted Message but Needs Better Presentation Jun 1, 2008
I find it very hard to give only two stars to an author who so clearly loves the children she and her organization serve. It is her obvious dedication that has kept me from giving this only one star.
This slim book is a mishmash of statistics. with individual stories of children not much different from the narration for one of those infomercials from many non-profits now on various cable stations. For anyone who has read even a little about the topic, there is little new in the numbers, and even more up-to-date references and data can be found by a quick web search. The disorganization and redundancy of both the data references and anecdotes was very distracting. One other concern: there are many other non-profits and Christian organizations involved in similar work, yet the book ignores this fact--one more way in which this resembles an advertisement for the organization rather than an overall picture of this global crisis.
Bottom line: if you want to support the AIDS Orphans Rising organization, do it by donating the cost of the book directly to the organization rather than buying a book of so little real value.
Beautiful and Inspiring Book Jan 6, 2008
I love this book. It takes the reader into the everyday lives of real children living in profoundly challenging conditions. Their parents have died, and relatives have often rejected them. They are grieving, and they are often lonely and afraid. Older children bear the burden of providing food, shelter and comfort to their younger siblings.
Yet the stories are filled with hope. When we in the West think of these children, we tend to count them out. But they are determined to take care of each other, to survive and overcome their circumstances. They're finding work, however humble, and they are going to school whenever they can. They're living in the present, laughing and loving. If they have adult problems, they are also still children, capable of playing and experiencing joy.
Sister MaryBeth Lloyd offers us the big picture, well documented with statistics and projections. She shows us the dimensions of the African AIDS crisis and its effect on children, but she has also filled her book with useful information on how her readers can help meet the needs of these children. And most affectingly, she lets us know and admire the children themselves.
The author was a student in our Grants Training Classes, and I have tremendous respect for the work she does. She combines love for the children with a practical approach to supporting them as they grow up and take their place as the next generation of African adults.
The plight of AIDS orphans - a call for concerned action Jan 2, 2008
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (12/07)
There are alarming statistics that warn "every 14 seconds a Child Headed Household is formed." Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd has written a guidebook to help alert concerned citizens of the magnitude of the problem and to provide the reader with answers the questions: "What should I know, and what can I do to help them succeed?" A Child Headed Household is defined as: children who have survived the death of their parents from AIDS. These households are made up of "little brothers and sisters struggling to stay alive and remain together as a family." There are often three to eight children per household.
Sister Lloyd is quick to point out that the current view taken by most that these are victims dependent and powerless must be replaced with a vision of how these children have the courage to take control of their economic hardships, deprivations, and exploitation in positive ways so that they can remain together as family. It is this determination that became the motivation for Sister Lloyd to write this book.
All regions of the world are impacted by the enormity of the plight of these children. India, alone, is faced with 3,700,000 children orphaned. Statistics indicate that China has 2,300,000. Other countries around the world afflicted with the same dilemma bring the total orphaned children to over 16,000,000.
The book provides a broad selection of photos which depict bright-eyed children, resilient, with endurance and with promise, doing their best, struggling to stay together, taking the role of adults in caring for younger siblings.
Each chapter of the book offers suggestions for actions for the reader to take as members of a growing world community of concerned citizens. Comprehensive references with additional web links to organizations working with these children offer solutions which help insure that these children will survive, and will succeed.
Sister Mary Elizabeth opens her final chapter with a challenge for the reader to respond to Mother Teresa's call to action: "If I look at the masses, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will."
"Aids Orphans Rising" will grip your heart. The needs will linger in your consciousness long after you have read the final word and closed the covers of the book. Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd has presented the case for these children. Now it is up to us, the readers, to decide which suggested action steps we can take to help them succeed.