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Dec 4-8th - World Vision Experience: AIDS

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WHAT:     World Vision Experience: AIDS - Step Into Africa is a unique,
          multimedia, interactive exhibit that allows visitors to step into
          the lives of actual children affected by HIV and AIDS in the
          hardest-hit region of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, where about
          25 million people are infected with HIV (2/3 of the world's
          total).  Visitors walk through a replica of an African village
          and experience the effects of the pandemic in a real way as they
          listen to a personal audio track relating the story of one of
          four real children.

          The "World Vision Experience: AIDS" exhibit comes to Richland,
          WA, Dec 4 - 8, as part of an 80-city, nationwide tour. To date,
          more than 140,000 people have visited the exhibit, with more than
          200,000 expected throughout the tour.

WHO:      The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, features a
          2,340 square foot replica of an African village.  Visitors tour
          the village, listening on headsets to a personal audio track
          telling the true stories of four children - Kombo, Babirye,
          Emmanuel, and Mathabo - whose lives have been affected by AIDS,
          offering visitors the opportunity to see, hear and experience the
          devastating effects of AIDS in a very personal way.

WHEN:      Free and open to the public Thursday, December 4 - Monday,
           December 8.  Hours of operation are as follows: Thur 9 am - 8
           pm, Fri 10 am - 8 pm, Sat 9 am - 8:30 pm, Sun 8 am - 8 pm, and
           Mon 10 am - 7:30 pm.

WHERE:      Bethel Church
          600 Shockley Rd.
          Richland, WA 99352

CONTACTS: Media is invited to tour the exhibit and talk with World Vision
          exhibit directors.  For interviews, please contact any of the
          individuals listed above.  For additional information, visit

The World Vision Experience was launched in fall 2005.  In the first year,
nearly 20,000 people in 10 North American cities visited the Experience.
The prototype Experience was featured at the 2006 Global AIDS Conference in
Toronto and displayed in New York's Grand Central terminal in the summer;
both the Experience and the AIDS Exhibit were on display at Urbana,
InterVarsity's student missions convention. World Vision has presented the
exhibit in cities across North America (including Seattle, New York and
Toronto) to inspire greater public commitment to inspire greater public
commitment to assist in fighting the AIDS pandemic.

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