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Cosponsors Needed to Protect AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children
As Congress moves into its busy summer months, lawmakers are preparing to consider an issue that has been an historic legislative priority for the Episcopal Church, USA: caring for orphans and vulnerable children in the developing world.
There are more than 143 million orphans living throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  According to a joint report of UNAIDS and UNICEF released in July 2004, every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS worldwide.  These children are much more vulnerable to exploitation, including forced labor, physical and sexual abuse, and induction into militias, rebel armies, and terrorist groups.  The “Assistance for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act” (H.R. 1409) brings hope to millions of children around the world by providing basic support and care for orphans, expanding educational opportunities, and offering access to pediatric treatment for those children infected with HIV/AIDS. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.   To put this legislation on the fast track, please contact your Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 1409. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS.
REMINDER: Earth Day Stories
Remember, we’d love to hear what you, your church, or your diocese did to celebrate Earth Day this past weekend. Send us your stories and photos so that we can share them in a future EPPN Newsletter!
Email your story, up to 500 words with no more than 4 pictures, to subject line: Earth Day. 

One Table Conference In Washington, DC June 4-7
Join faith leaders from across the country for this four-day conference that provides an amazing opportunity for Christians and other people of faith to gather in our common call to shine our lights to overcome poverty and hunger. Speakers include Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and Archbishop Ndungane from the Province of South Africa.
Also, the Office of Government Relations will have special “pre-conference” workshops the afternoon of June 4th.
For more information visit: “Upcoming Events”

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