Buku restaurant and 4 the World partnered on December 1, 2012 World AIDS Day at Raleigh Winterfest to bring HIV awareness to the local community as well as the international community. Winterfest patrons indulged in a cup of rich Belgium hot chocolate or steaming Mexican pozole knowing that $1 of every purchase would help HIV prevention in Central America.
Buku’s generosity supports 4 the World’s AIDS campaign in Belize and Guatemala. Researchers have made a lot of progress in the treatment of this disease and HIV is not the killer it once was. Treatment, however, is expensive costing $3,000 a month and is often inaccessible to marginalized populations. 4 the World believes that empowering young people through education is the first step in creating an AIDS free generation. Prevention, rather than treatment, is always our hope. Executive Director, Robert Froom stated, “This awareness campaign will be different because it will really inform people about AIDS/HIV facts, especially needed in the small villages without power.”
The theme for World AIDS Day 2012 is “I am my brother’s/sister’s keeper.” Buku and 4 the World’s partnership embodied this spirit of togetherness in the fight against AIDS.