Mexico Student Educates About AIDS
Christmas carols set the stage as Matt Vaughan tries to get the people of Mexico to be aware of poverty, AIDS and hunger around the world.
Matt Vaughan vigil organizer commented, "So many people are ignorant. They don't know what's going on in Africa and in Asia and even here in America,"
Vaughan is the vice president of the Multicultural Club at Mexico High School that sponsored a vigil to gain support for its cause. The World Health Organization and UNAIDS estimates worldwide there are more than 40 million people living with HIV this year.
There's been more than 3 million AIDS related deaths and more than half a million of those were children. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized more than two decades ago. Vaughan asked ministers of different faiths to speak at the vigil.
Chris Atkinson of the Centennial Baptist Church said, "I think it will raise the awareness of people who are hurting all around us. I think it will be a good thing."
Vaughan hopes to start a Mexico version of the National One Campaign. It's goal is to get 1% of the federal budget dedicated to AIDS, hunger and poverty relief. The Mexico "One-Campaign" group will have it's first meeting next month.