A special proposal entitled, AU – East Africa (AU-EA), was recently launched on the Anderson University campus. Partnering with Church of God Ministries, the focus of the new program is to respond to the global Aids pandemic. The AU-EA proposal states that “AU establish, maintain and grow a relationship of mutuality and reciprocity with the countries of East Africa, focusing up on Aids care and prevention and other poverty alleviation efforts.”
Scott Martin, director of International Student Services and co-chair of AU-EA, grew up in Kenya and has always had a heart for this area of the country. Martin believes AU-EA is a way for the campus to join in the fight against Aids.
“Now our hands will join our hearts and mind,” said Martin. “Today we consecrate nothing new… but we are called to use our gifts, talents, skills and resources” that we already have at work and make a “collective splash” against Aids in Africa.
Martin added that Christ came to save everyone and now we must apply this concept as Christians to help our brothers and sisters in Africa.
Many unique opportunities exist and are being planned by a number of groups across campus while students have been challenged to be aware of opportunities to serve the initiative. As an example a plasma drive was conducted in October called “I Bleed for Africa” through which the AU campus either gave plasma or gave a monetary donation towards the cause of Aids.
The number of people living with HIV globally has reached its highest level with an estimated 40.3 million people, 25.8 million of these in sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the most affected globally – with 64 percent of new infections occurring here (over three million people).
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, nursing, education and theology.