United Families International would like to invite you to participate in an advocacy effort to promote the importance of abstinence in HIV/AIDS prevention to US Congressmen and Senators on June 10, 11, and 12.

United Families International has launched an extremely successful HIV/AIDS prevention program in Africa. “Stay Alive,” written by BYU Professor Wendy Sheffield, is an abstinence based education program with eight lessons that teach that happiness can be found in a loving, healthy family. Thousands of Africans have participated in the program that has been so successful we cannot keep up with the demand. Our goal is to take “Stay Alive” to every child in Africa.

Numerous governments have requested that we to take “Stay Alive” to their countries and we are currently in the process of bringing the program to every child in Kenya. The only thing lacking to effectuate our plan is funding. Senators Hatch, Kyle, and Bennett as well as other Congressmen and Senators are working to get “Stay Alive” funded through the appropriations process. “Stay Alive” will be considered for a $2 million grant and we will be working to have it considered for a portion of the funding through President Bush’s new $15 billion AIDS initiative.

United Families International invites you to participate in this effort which would entail meeting with US Congressmen and Senators to present the “Stay Alive” program in a 15-20 minute presentation (training will be provided) to request their support of the funding proposals.

In addition to volunteers from many different states, we are looking for volunteers from Louisiana, Colorado, Ohio, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Alabama, South Texas (Houston), Michigan, Nevada, Arizona (Tucson), Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Idaho, and Utah, as well as native Africans.

Volunteers will be responsible for their own costs (travel, food and lodging) and will need to be available to meet with politicians on June 10, 11, and 12. We will visit with politicians in pairs. We are limiting the number of volunteers to 40. If you would like to apply to represent United Families International to promote the “Stay Alive” program, please email to ufi@unitedfamilies.org by May 14. Accepted applicants will be contacted no later than May 24, 2003.

To learn more about United Families International and the “Stay Alive” program, please visit our website at www.unitedfamilies.org. For questions please call our Humanitarian Service Director Jane Thomas at (801) 763-9331.

“We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society”- The Family—A Proclamation to the World
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