I love it when new possibilities open up to improve the health and well-being of our children living with HIV!
Here are 3 new and exciting things that just developed in my world to begin April (not fooling!):
1. More film-making! My team is partnering with our talented friend, Thomas Lewis, to make more films in Kenya to benefit our youth and families living with HIV. Our goal with this new project is to produce a series of short, dramatic films that target the issue of living in a place where those with HIV are stigmatized and discriminated against. Through the efforts of our multidisciplinary team, we now have 2 grants to make this film project possible. We have been working on scripts based on the stories of our youth and families, and we plan to start filming in June. I can’t wait to have these films as a tool to use with our kids, families, schools, and elsewhere in the community. Hooray!
2. Under Armour amazingness! I got a rather urgent call from my administrative assistant today about 2 pallets of boxes arriving at my office. (For those of you who have never been to my office, it already resembles a storage unit as it is inevitably packed with supplies to bring to Kenya.) Through the great work of The Pocket Square Project, Under Armour sent us a ton of brand-new sneakers for our kids in Kenya! They are amazing, and I know that our adolescents are going to love them. Somewhere in the piles of boxes, there is also some other athletic gear too. I can’t wait to share these things for our healthy living – youth activity days this summer. Now, we just need to carry them over to Kenya…
3. Working on improving children’s adherence to HIV medicines around the globe! The last few months have been a whirlwind of travel with launching the new projects on children’s adherence in South Africa and Thailand, and then participating in global meetings on adolescents with HIV in Italy. I also am writing a new grant proposal to expand this work. Plus, there’s something much bigger in the works that I cannot announce yet, but am very excited about. AMFAR and TreatASIA featured our Thailand launch on their website and in their newsletter.