Why Africa?

Sometimes I feel a little weird. Sometimes I still get looks, questions, and skepticism about why I love Africa so much. After all, there are 5 other inhabited continents in the world with serious needs, issues, and injustices. Here are just a handful reasons today...

Africa is the hardest hit with orphaned kids. Eight out of ten children that are orphaned by AIDS live in Africa.

Africa accounts for only 10% of the world's population, but nearly 64% of the global burden of AIDS.

15,000 Africans are dying each day of preventable, treatable diseases - AIDS, malaria, TB - for lack of drugs that we take for granted.

In Africa, 165 of 1,000 kids [16.5%] die before their 5th birthday. In the U.S. and Europe, it's only 2 of 1,000!

Average life expectancy is 47 years in Sub-Saharan Africa, and between 35-40 for those countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.
In the U.S., it's 78 years old.

Just a few reasons why I'm a little crazy about Africa. Wanna sponsor a child who's affected by AIDS & poverty? CLICK HERE to sponsor a child from the same village in Malawi as our sponsored kiddos.


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.