Cambridge area community invited to ‘Step Into Africa’

Since January, Our Response Director Steve Fredlund has been waiting for this week to come.

Fredlund said he will never forget the phone call informing him Cambridge was selected as one of only three cities across the United States to receive the Step into Africa exhibit in 2012.

Step into Africa is a 2,500 square foot interactive exhibit that allows Americans to step into the lives of actual children affected by HIV and AIDS in the hardest-hit region of the world: sub-Saharan Africa, where about 22 million people are infected with HIV or AIDS (two-thirds of the world’s total cases).

Visitors walk through a replica of an African village and experience the effects of the pandemic in a real way as they listen to a personal audio track relating the story of one of three children—Kombo, Babiyre and Mathabo.

Step into Africa is free and open to the public from Saturday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 30. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 and will be located at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge. See more in Editor Rachel Kytonen’s Isanti County News story.

 

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