December 1st is World AIDS Day.
It is 2010.
Yet studies show that levels of knowledge about HIV have not increased since 1987.
Do you remember the kind of reaction words like “AIDS” and “HIV” got in 1987?
I was 14 at the time so it wasn’t at the forefront of my daily concerns, but I can still vividly recall the fear and the stigma associated with those two words.
To think that the majority of people are still living with those ideas is scary.
I’ll be honest – a lot of my knowledge has only come in the most recent 3-4 years as I learned more about the global orphan crisis. Then I got to learn even more over the last year as our friends the Slonigers brought home their HIV+ son from Ethiopia. It was through Jen that I learned of Project Hopeful, a non-profit organization dedicating to education and encouragement for families adopting HIV+ children.
This week Project Hopeful launched an awesome campaign called the Truth Pandemic. Let’s get out of the 80’s and learn the truth about HIV/AIDS.
Watch this video and then read below to find out about the giveaway…
Gotta love a giveaway right? Well I have the perfect one. It’s another piece of jewelry from the Entoto Outreach program in Ethiopia that teaches HIV+ women to make jewelry so they can support their families. I thought this piece was especially fitting because the cross kind of looks like the + sign as well.
How You Can Enter
You can do any or all of the following things. Leave a comment (just one) telling me which things you did. For each thing you will get your name in the hat and I’ll let one of my kids draw a name. I’m also putting this on my FB profile and letting people comment there so I’ll put all the names in one hat.
- Post the YouTube video above on your blog
- Post the video on your Facebook wall
- Tweet about the Truth Pandemic w/ a link to the video
- Change your Facebook profile picture to the Truth Pandemic icon for the day (see below for instructions)
- Change your Twitter icon to the Truth Pandemic icon for the day (see below for instructions)
- Email a link to the video to friends and family
- Follow @ProjectHopeful on Twitter
- “Like” Project Hopeful on Facebook
I will draw the winner on Friday!
P.S. Watch CBS Evening News with Katie Couric Wednesday night for more on PH during the “American Spirit” segment
P.P.S. Oh yeah, PH Founder Carolyn Twietmeyer’s family is featured in the Dec. 6 issue of People Magazine (the one w/ Kate on the cover).
P.P.S. Project Hopeful has some super cute things in their shop if you want to do some Christmas shopping with a purpose.
TRUTH PANDEMIC ICON
Right click on the image below and select “Save Image As…”
Save it to your desktop.
In Facebook go to your Profile, hover over your profile pic until the little pencil comes up. Click the pencil then choose “Upload image”. Select the image you just saved to your desktop.
In Twitter go to Settings, then Profile. Where it says “Picture” click “Change Image”. Select the file on your desktop, then click save at the bottom of the page.