It was an honor to observe World AIDS Day in Los Angeles with Save Africa’s Children (SAC) at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Save Africa’s Children is an extraordinary ministry, started by Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr, providing direct support and care to orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty and war throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.
Since 2001, SAC has assisted more than 400 orphan care programs in 21 African nations, reaching more than 200,000 AIDS-affected children. SAC is among the first and largest African-American founded organizations meeting the needs of vulnerable children in Africa. Joining us in observation was SAC President Paul Turner, gospel singer Ami Rushes, and Outreach To Africa Founder Evelyn Komuntale. Our wonderful evening was touched with inspiration through praise and worship, video, education, tribute and a call to action.
Earlier this year, my fellow colleague Keren Dongo shared her inspirational moment with Bishop Blake during a global advocacy discussion panel. I have to say, mine was hearing Bishop Blake express his personal gratitude and support for ONE and the advocacy work of all our members.
When partners like these come together, there’s no doubt we will be able to prevent vertical transmission of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their child around the world. Thank you Bishop Blake, Save Africa’s Children and West Angeles Church for an incredible night. May your ministry continue to be blessed with compassion and success.