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World Vision Experience: Walk in the shoes of an African child

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Step out of your own life. Become a child living in Africa. A child affected by AIDS. That's what you'll experience at the World Vision AIDS exhibit at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls.

You wear headphones, and you hear the voice of one of four African children.

"You will hear that child's voice, you will live their life. You set foot inside their kitchen, inside their bedroom. You will become a child. You will start to understand what it's like to be a child in Sub-Saharan Africa," said Jeanine Herrick with World Vision Experience.

Part of what it's like to be a child in Sub-Saharan Africa is living with the effects of AIDS. According to World Vision, 33 million people in the world are infected with HIV and AIDS. Of those people, two-thirds live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

There are 15 million orphaned children because of AIDS. Of those, 12 million, or 80 percent, live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"This exhibit is something that changes people. It's very powerful and the response is always going to be different. For some people they're broken, some people are excited to help and act, a lot of people can now see hope, which is what we want people to see," said Herrick.

Seeing a prototype of this exhibit in Chicago impacted Barb McMahon. So much so, McMahon signed her church up to host the World Vision Experience: AIDS-Step into Africa.

"I would like to wrap up these little boys and girls in my arms and just love them, but that's not possible, but we can help in other ways to take care of them," said Barb McMahon.

McMahon hopes after walking in an African child's shoes, people will be more informed and motivated to help.

"I can't imagine what it would be like to have your mom lying there and know there's nobody else who can take care of you. You're gonna have to do it all on your own," said McMahon.

The exhibit will be at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls through Monday evening.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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