Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 15 Prayer Vigil: Change of Plans

Hello everyone!

I have an important update for you about the April 15 Prayer Vigil for AIDS issues. I am excited to share that the planning of the prayer vigil has yielded some success. Positive discussions have taken place with members of congress, including Senators Durbin and Burris that have shifted the strategy. Instead of gathering for a prayer vigil it is now encouraged that folks write a thank you letter (see sample letter below).

We'll urge them to help our country keep it's commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. We want to thank Senator Durbin in particular for being a champion and continuing to work with us.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Global Fund!

The Honorable Senator Durbin
230 South Dearborn Street
Suite 3892
Chicago, IL 60604

Dear Senator Durbin,

Thank you very much for your continued support of global health issues. You have been an active champion for the fight against diseases of poverty and your help is needed now more than ever.

As the global financial crisis pushes more people into extreme poverty, it is critical that developed nations keep their promises to fund life-saving programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The Global Fund has been incredibly successful, saving an estimated 3.5 million lives by funding projects judged for their impact, community involvement, and transparency. Yet the fund is experiencing a dangerous shortfall.

Donor countries have not yet provided adequate money to fund the bold, high quality proposals being submitted by developing nations. Life-saving programs may be delayed or cut back.
If the U.S. comes through on its funding promise, other nations will follow. Please ensure our country lives up to its commitment to the Global Fund by increasing funding in the upcoming supplemental appropriations bill by $1 billion. I also urge you help us provide the U.S. fair share of $2.7 billion dollars in FY2010.

(your name)
(your address)

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