Capturing Life Stories: EGPAF Launches A New Features Service
By Eric Bond | October 29, 2013
For young children, life is fresh. The color red, the taste of sugar, the aroma of burning wood—these sensations are strange and beautiful and new.
But too many children do not live long enough to delight in many of life’s details. According to the U.S. Department of State, over the past decade 1 million babies have been born without HIV, thanks to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which helps fund many of the programs supported by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). That number is staggeringly impressive.
But each of these children has a face, a family, and a future. Thanks to the support of PEPFAR and EGPAF, millions of children now have the chance to experience the wonder and joy of this world.
How much are those moments of experience worth? Statistics can’t measure the value of a child’s laugh. Or, the comfort in snuggling close to your mother’s neck and inhaling that undefinable scent of “Mom.”
Numbers are how we determine progress, but numbers are not why we are working to eliminate pediatric HIV and AIDS. We work so that children can experience life. So that a mother can live to see her little boy grow into a young man and a father can blink back tears at his daughter’s wedding.
EGPAF is launching a new story service to vividly capture the thoughts of mothers who walk miles to clinics, the insights of health workers who put in long hours to treat families affected by HIV, and the experiences of the children whose lives we are fighting to save.
We’re trained to think in numbers and statistics. But sometimes, even as adults, we need to emerge from our trance of the ordinary and re-experience the world as we did when we were children. Life is made up of tiny moments, woven into a single story: our story. If you are a freelance writer, photographer, videographer, or audio reporter, help EGPAF capture those moments by contributing to our “Life Stories” features service.