Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dana Perino Goes to Africa

Dana Perino Goes to Africa

Just one day after we profiled Dana Perino, the former White House Press Secretary writes an article for The Washington Post: "Americans Answer a Call to Help."

Perino says that many people asked her what she planned to do once her boss, President George W. Bush, left office. At first, she didn't have an answer, but that changed in February 2008 when she accompanied the President on a five country trip to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia. While on this trip, Perino states that her "mission became clear" and she knew she'd eventually "return to Africa and try to help in some small way."

And return, she did. Perino and her husband volunteered at Living Hope, a "faith-based organization that leads several programs for people affected by all aspects of AIDS and HIV." Perino explains that the program is just one part of President Bush's much-celebrated Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In the piece, she talks about the people she helped while working there and the inspiring American volunteers she met.

Perino says she chose Africa because "the need is so great" and "an American dollar can be stretched so far." She also reflects on her own childhood and the days when her mom and dad were "always doing something for other people."

You can read the rest of Perino's article here: PERINO: Americans answer a call to help - Washington Times

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