Software Donations Help Share Experiences of HIV/AIDS-Affected Youth
Project Kindle, a support, advocacy, recreational, and camping organization that serves families and youth affected by HIV/AIDS nationwide, is very familiar with the Adobe suite of products. The websites www.ProjectKindle.org and www.CampKindle.org were built with Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver donations received through TechSoup. Volunteer designers used Photoshop and Illustrator to create the nonprofit's logo. But the work aided most by Adobe tools was a book (created in InDesign) and video project called I Know: Kids from Camp Kindle Share Their Stories of Living with HIV. "We wanted to give our kids a forum to tell their stories, show off their writing, display their artwork, and let their peers in classrooms around America know that even though they had HIV, they were no different than any other kid," says a Project Kindle spokesperson.
And so, thousands of scanned photos, pieces of original artwork, and personal writing from hundreds of campers from the Camp Kindle project came together to tell the story of the kids living with and affected by HIV. Outsiders catch a rare glimpse of this population talking about their home life; their medical issues; their physical strength; and outdoor play, joy, and community they've found at one of the organization's core projects. Two thousand copies of the printed I Know book were distributed to high school health classes in Los Angeles, Chicago, Nebraska, and Colorado. The digital book and video have been used in hundreds of schools, cost-free, for an international audience. Project Kindle was very grateful to be given the opportunity to utilize the same tools that professionals use, and there are simply no comparable alternatives.