Paul Mitchell Schools and John Paul DeJoria Help Feed Orphansby How You Can Give Back on 5/1/2008
The Treatment for Action Campaign states that in South Africa 1,000 people per day are infected with the HIV virus. With the staggering death toll that HIV/AIDS takes, countless numbers of children are losing their parents, resulting in a generation of orphans. These orphans, the vast majority of whom are HIV-negative, are at enormous risk of growing up without adequate health care, food, education, or emotional support.
Most of the children in orphan-headed households have only one good meal every 3 or 4 days. Food 4 Africa strives to supply at least one vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal each day to the children of South Africa, where more than a million preschool children do not receive sufficient food. Food 4 Africa’s aim is to feed these children on a sustainable basis while at the most crucial development stages of their fragile little lives; to develop home-based initiatives to feed the destitute; to offer early nutritional intervention to help prevent progression or death in HIV-infected children; and to feed street kids, neglected children, abused women and children, and senior citizens in shelters and places of safety. The $100,000 raised by Paul Mitchell Schools, plus another $50,000 donated by John Paul DeJoria on his last trip to Africa, will feed over 6,900 orphaned children for a year through Food 4 Africa.