AIDS Orphans Rising: What You Should Know and What You Can Do To Help Them Succeed , Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd
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   AIDS Orphans Rising: What You Should Know and What You Can Do To Help Them Succeed - Price: $15.95    

by Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd, ISBN: 978-1-932690-47-7
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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. AIDS Orphans Rising takes you through the daily lives of these children.

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 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.

“an inspiring gem of human caring for human” (Bob Rich)
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Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd has been helping the orphans and the Child Headed Households of the missions of the Religious Teachers Filippini for the past 12 years. Her experiences in Albania, Brazil, Ethiopia, Eritrea and India have spurred her on to produce this work. Sister Mary Elizabeth holds a doctorate degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University.

Book Review :

This is a well-researched book examining what happens to the children who are left orphaned when their mothers and fathers die from HIV/AIDS. Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd presents the reader with some very grim statistics. Perhaps the most shocking is that "every 14 seconds a Child Headed Household is formed." These children are left on their own with only each other as support because in a lot of cases their relatives will not take care of them or are financially unable to take care of them. According to the book "there are usually three to eight children per household." These children do whatever they can to stay together, to get an education and to survive. The strength of the children in the stories presented in this book is incredible.

The book examines the dynamics of the Child Headed Household, where these children live, what they eat, how they survive and what is best for them. Most importantly though is the question of what we can do to help.

I never realized how large and widespread this issue was until reading Sister Mary Elizabeth's book. She presents the information in such a way that you can't ignore it. Not only is her book well-documented, but she also speaks from her personal experience as she has been assisting orphans and Child Headed Households for the past 12 years. Throughout the book are pictures of some of these children which help to make the issue even more real.

This is an eye-opening book which truly inspires you to try to assist these children in their quest to stay together and to make it in this world.

(Reviewed by Kam Aures for RebeccasReads)

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