At five years old, my son came home from school and said, “Daddy! I’m going to 'Poppa' New Guinea. Wanna come with me?!” Amazed by that moment, our family never forgot. Thirteen years later we accepted an invitation from George Nita (pictured middle) of ÍCare4U to go as father and son and begin filming a documentary on HIV in PNG.
The long held dream came true when we traveled together to PNG last August—filming stories of HIV over-comers, interviewing medical professionals and learning that more than 95% of HIV cases in the Pacific are reported from Papua New Guinea (World Health Organization).
Now in our second phase of filming, my film teammates, Samuel Rich and Maarten Honkoop of the Lost Kites film team are travelling to PNG to film key interviews and footage to complete the documentary. This fundraising campaign is to raise funds for travel and filming in the highlands and capital before leaving for PNG on February 3rd. After already reaching halfway of our fundraising goal we don't have too far to go.
We've planned interviews with HIV survivors, medical professionals and social workers. The team will continue linking with partner NGOs: ÍCare4U, HIV/AIDS Counsel for PNG and YWAM Medical Ships to document voices of hope amid the urgent medical needs.
By filming and sharing true stories of courage from HIV survivors in PNG, people can overcome stigma. Through this Papua New Guinean lives can be saved from the transmission of HIV and instead find testing, treatment and with it, a new positive life. - Jeff Rogers
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