“Modern Rock Song” and “Album Of The Year” Dove Award nominees, Sanctus Real (Sparrow Records), presented a check for $75,000 to World Vision during Gospel Music Week held in Nashville in April.
The donation came from a portion of the proceeds from the critically acclaimed In The Name of Love: Artists United for Africa recording and through Sparrow’s retail partnerships.
The monies from the project have already fully funded World Vision relief efforts in the Mwakankomba Village in Zambia, Africa, a village devastated by the HIV/AIDS virus. The village is being given core community development aid focused on improving basic long-term health needs. This includes providing caregivers who will work with the infected, those at risk of infection and those left behind when loved ones die. Most importantly, AIDS prevention education for children and mentoring for orphans will be provided to encourage them to stay in school, learn how to survive and thrive as adults.
“What an honor to have helped the people of this village in Zambia and to spread the word about the efforts of World Vision in Africa,” says Matt Hammitt, lead vocalist for Sanctus Real, a band featured on In The Name of Love with its rendition of U2’s “Beautiful Day,” which also became the band’ s first No. 1 Rock R & R hit single.
“We are so grateful to have been chosen to be a part of this recording and look forward to the stories of hope it will generate.”
“The village of Mwakankomba has already seen the benefit of this gift through training and education,” notes Marty Lonsdale, World Vision vice president, “and, over the next year, long lasting community developing will change the future of the children of the village for generations to come. Because of the size of the gift, World Vision will be able to expand our work related to HIV and AIDS in other communities throughout Africa.”
World Vision has been working in Zambia since 1981, primarily in relief and development projects. Over the past few years, the AIDS crisis has increased to the point where now it is estimated that 23 percent of the children in Zambia have been left without parents. In some cases families of children live to care for themselves. When a generation is lost to a disease like HIV/AIDS entire infrastructures of communities are lost, job skills are lost, mentoring is lost, all the things passed down from generation to generation are lost for the children who are left behind.
In addition to the work in Zambia, purchasers of In The Name of Love: Artists United for Africa will have the opportunity to contribute funds through information provided in the packaging. All contributions generated from the sale of this album or made via the information provided in the packaging will go 100% to Africa to assist with the AIDS crisis.