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Australia's Catholic Mission helping AIDS orphans

Catholic Mission took the opportunity on World AIDS Day on Monday to draw attention to its work with children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and its ongoing need for donations from the public.

Catholic Mission says HIV/AIDS affects children in many ways. It is increasing the number of illiterate and poorly educated children worldwide, as it is keeping many children at home to care for their sick parents and forcing them to support their families.

More significantly, many more children are orphaned in developing countries, as the disease kills their poor and malnourished parents more quickly than people living with HIV/AIDS in countries like Australia.

One project Catholic Mission backs is the Maria Teresa Nuzzo Children's Home in Nairobi, Kenya. It was opened by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart to help care for orphaned children whose parents had died of AIDS.

Catholic Mission says the Sisters saw the huge need in the community to help care for those children who had been orphaned by AIDS. After their parent's death, these children were often left to live with grandparents or other relatives.

There are 30 children living in the Home aged between 2 and 14 years old. Catholic Mission supports this project by providing funding to help with food, medical care, basic education, clothing and maintenance of the home.

Catholic Mission is the official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church. It provides practical, spiritual and emotional support to communities in 160 developing countries. The freecall number for donations is 1800 257 296.

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World AIDS Day

3 Dec 2003