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Religious Leaders Join The Balm In Gilead to Support The Big Coffee Project, to Help Fight HIV/AIDS in the United States and in Africa
Date:3/6/2008

also support local farmers of the Mshikamano Farmers Group located in the Southern Highlands of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The Mshikamano Farmers Group is headed by David Robinson who has been living in Tanzania for more than 20 years is a Tanzanian coffee farmer, a member of a 400 member cooperative, coffee exporter and buyer. His partnership with the Balm In Gilead helps him to continue his legacy of both his father and mother by lifting the consciousness of the global village to a higher way of thinking and being.

"With your next cup of coffee, you can help can help save a life! This is another historic moment for the global village in the fight against AIDS," says W. Franklyn Richardson, senior pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, NY.

HIV/AIDS among Black Americans

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Black Americans living with AIDS increased by 33% between 2001 and 2005 and although Black Americans represent only 12% of the U.S. population, they account for half of AIDS cases. Black women account for the vast majority of new AIDS cases among women and while Black teens (aged 13-19) represent only 15% of U.S. teenagers, they account for more than 70% of new AIDS cases reported among teens. In Sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 24.5 million adults and children are living with HIV.

The Black Church Week of Prayer for the healing of AIDS, March 2-8. 2008, unites thousands of churches across the country with the Balm In Gilead and its esteemed platform of religious and political leaders to mobilize the Black community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The week-long event, oldest and largest AIDS awareness program targeting the Black faith community, mobilizes thousands of faith institutions and millions of church goers to champion AIDS education, testing and compassionate care in the African American community. Churches and community-based organizations can find out how to become involved in the Black C
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