December 8, 2011
As many of you know, we at The Pilot are very proud of the accomplishments of all out staff and like to trumpet accomplishments and even lend a hand when we can.
Many of you may remember Jack Dodson, who was a recent summer intern with us.
Recently heard that Jack is doing great and is working on a documentary film about health care in India.
Below is a letter from Jack about the project.
If you don't remember the great work Jack did, check out the links to a story that are in the letter below.
Dear potential backer,
Around the world, quality health care is a privilege, something largely unattainable to those who live on less than a dollar a day.
This is especially true in India, where state-run hospitals are frequently understaffed and underfunded. Private facilities are top-tier, but out of reach for the poorest classes.
India's health care situation has lessons for those of us in the west, since we're struggling with bringing health care to all of our own citizens -- and this brings light to some solution. In India, alternative systems implemented by nonprofits and social businesses try to create models that bring health to all the people of the world.
I am hoping to tell a powerful story of a few organizations that are attempting to solve this problem.
My class -- the Periclean Scholars Class of 2012 -- is in preproduction for a documentary looking into some of these alternative health care models. Tentatively called Health for All, examines three different organizations attempting to fill the gaps left by public and private systems. You can read about my own experience at one of these organizations, CRHP, here -- and discover why me and my classmates care so deeply about this issue.
Our class has been partnered with CRHP for two years and will serve as one of the main focuses of the film. This past fall, the organization won the inaugural Times Of India Social Impact Awards -- a huge honor for the 40-year-old nonprofit. Their Village Health Worker model has been implemented effectively around the world from sub-Saharan Africa to rural South America.
We're hoping you'll help us tell their stories, as well as others that speak to alternative forms of health care that exist.
We believe there's a story here getting at the nature of health care, and we need your help to tell it. We were recently successful in funding our Kickstarter project for $2,000, but we're hoping to raise up to $4,000 or $5,000. If you'd like to see the formal proposal for the project, you can find that here.
You can find our Kickstarter page and donate to the project here.
To give you a taste of my own experience, as well as a look at a previous Periclean project, I wrote and directed a 47-minute film about environmental degradation in Sri Lanka. You can check that out online here.
With your help, we're hoping to really expand the reach of Health for All. With extra funding, we can buy higher-quality equipment, support our own in-country travels to continue conducting interviews, and fund film festival submissions.
Best of all, you'll be coming along with us throughout our travels in India -- we'll provide weekly emails filling you in on the project, and updating you about how things are going. You'll see photos and exclusive video, and you'll even have a link to the movie well before it's actually released.
I would love to speak to you in greater depth about Health for All. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please remember, every amount you can pledge is amazing. We appreciate any help you can offer.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Jack Dodson, director