The San Francisco-based Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance received a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight HIV/AIDS in Malawi, Africa. The grant enables GAIA to launch the Malawi Women's Empowerment Project to train a network of women in rural Malawi villages in AIDS prevention and care. These women will then be deployed throughout southern Malawi to provide counseling and medical referrals to those living with HIV/AIDS. Rev. William Rankin founded GAIA in June 2000 to train health and religious leaders of all faiths for AIDS prevention and care, primarily in Africa.