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The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira: ‘We Need a Helping Hand’ for African Families Living with AIDS

On Saturday, The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira will speak out for HIV/AIDS education and eradication in Africa by presenting a special video (from Johnson & Johnson) at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

The video, which follows the lives of children living in the Nyumbani Village (a sustainable AIDS community in Nairobi, Kenya), is a project that is very near and dear to her heart.

The village, which was founded to support elders and children who are living with AIDS or orphaned due to AIDS, has become a model of support for communities affected by the AIDS pandemic. All of which the Zimbabwean American actress has witnessed with her own eyes after growing up in Southern Africa.
“I grew up in Southern Africa in the ’80s and ’90s so I witnessed what was happening around the issues of HIV and AIDS in various ways and I’ve always been connected to the issues as a result of that,” Gurira tells PEOPLE. “Growing up, what was devastating to watch was how homesteads and families were dismantled by this disease.”

Gurira is optimistic that the documentary will shed more light on how there’s hope in sustaining stable villages in Africa that have been torn apart by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Read more at People.com.