2012-08-23 / Faith

For um will discuss healthcare for Ghana AIDS orphans

A community forum will discuss Every Child Is Our Child, a program which offers education and healthcare to children in Ghana who have lost parents to AIDS, at 7:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 26 at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park.

The talk will highlight the partnership between the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and a community group in Ghana called the Queen Mothers of Manya Krobo.

Queen Mothers of Manya Krobo is an organization of women leaders in eastern Ghana. This group helps find homes for AIDS orphans, works to reduce the stigma the children face and educates them about reproductive health.

Lorella Hess, a CVUUF member, visited Ghana in May as part of a national delegation led by Unitarian Universalist Association president Peter Morales. She will describe the aims and progress of Every Child Is Our Child.

African families that take in AIDS orphans often cannot afford to educate them or provide basic healthcare. The Every Child program pays school fees and provides uniforms, books and supplies for AIDS orphans, and buys health insurance cards for everyone in the household.

Also speaking at the forum will be Allison Hess, Westlake High School alumna who is returning from a summer internship at the UU-UNO in New York City. She will speak about the overall mission of the office to advance a peaceful world community that promotes human rights.

The forum is open to the public and admission is free; donations will be accepted. For more information, visit www.forum. cvuuf.org or call (805) 374-9818.

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