"To whom much is given, much is required."
This is the sentiment behind former President George W. Bush's ongoing charity work and ongoing trip with his wife, Laura, to Africa. Where else would a former President celebrate America's birthday?
I've highlighted the former president's commendable work with our wounded warriors in the past, but his most recent work takes a different direction -- to Africa. During a trip that included a stop in Botswana, Bush set out to raise awareness about cervical cancer and help construct medical centers so local women can get the preventative screenings they need:
During his remarks at the University Teaching Hospital, President Bush noted that “on our country’s birthday, it is important to remember the blessings of freedom and the blessings of being an American and to give back”.
Because of Americans generosity, PEPFAR [The President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief] has saved more than a half a million lives in Zambia from HIV/AIDs, and more than 4 million on the continent of Africa.
In 2005, coffin making was the most lucrative business in Zambia because so many people were dying of AIDs. Today, people have access to life saving medicines and are able to live productive lives. But, the most tragic thing is to save women from HIV/AIDs and watch them die of cervical cancer.
So, today in Lusaka, President and Mrs. Bush opened the first Center for Excellence at the University Teaching Hospital.
There are some amazing pictures of the Bush family's trip, including these moving images:
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PS -- Today also happens to be Mr. Bush's 66th birthday. Happy Birthday, Mr. President!