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Jessup shines light on African AIDS epidemic

World Vision’s Step into Africa exhibit opens Sunday World Vision’s Step into Africa exhibit opens Sunday World Vision's 'Step into Africa' exhibit opens Sunday
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William Jessup University is hosting World Vision’s Step into Africa exhibit, a unique 2,500-square-foot multi-media, interactive exhibit that allows visitors to step into the lives of children affected by HIV and AIDS in the hardest-hit region of the world, sub-Saharan Africa. In this region, about 22 million people are infected with HIV or AIDS (two-thirds of the world’s total cases). Opening Sunday and continuing daily through Oct. 2, visitors walk through a replica of an African village and experience the effects of the pandemic as they listen to a personal audio track relating the story of one of four children: Kombo, Babirye, Emmanuel and Mathabo. The exhibit, being presented in partnership with Bridgeway Christian Church. has already visited more than 130 cities since it began touring in 2007. Admission is free. The exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except for Sept. 28 and 30 when it will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Oct. 2 when hours will be from 10 .m. to 7 p.m. at William Jessup University, 333 Sunset Blvd. World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world’s poor regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit www.worldvision.org. ~ Staff report