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  • Amy Scott-Samuel

    rocky, your work sounds fantastic and inspiring. I have wanted to get involved in some sort of relief / aid work in India for a number of years but a lot of projects seem to request a substantial amount of money for one's involvement, which I cannot afford. I am however very interested in helping in any way that I can. I am an English teacher and I would like to offer my skills in the form of education , also, friendship, emotional / physical support for the children, whatever I can give. Are you looking for supportive roles at the centre? All the best and thanks for your ear, Amy :)

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Rocky, good for you for doing what is in your heart. I resonate deeply. In 2005, I sold my home & most possessions to create/facilitate a volunteer literacy project in Belize. I traveled village to village donating programs and teacher training workshops. I lived there for 8 months and every year return for a month of follow-up. I've donated programs for 33,000 students and 800 teachers. But it's not really about numbers, it's about trying to make a positive impact. Now I am a Cause-Focused Storyteller & Lead Facilitator for Artfully AWARE Story Book Project. We will be volunteering in India in 2014 & bringing the Story Book Project to Tamil Nadu region to a school for children with HIV/AIDS and I would love to meet you and the children in Chennai & learn more of your stories In Person. Let's dialogue. Please. Thank you for sharing your heart! HUG from my heart to yours, Kristin

  • Abi Magalong

    So inspiring! I volunteer regularly with a non-profit called Hollywood Heart, also committed to empowering kids with HIV/AIDS. They do it by hosting a summer camp that definitely changed my life, teaching kids creative writing, cooking, sewing, documentary film making, acting, and so much more. I think it's genius that you're doing the same: working to provide long term solutions--like small business jobs--to these youth. I'll be sharing this with Hollywood Heart to spread the word!

  • Jane C.

    As someone involved in refugee and global health issues, every so often I find myself engrossed in the details of everyday "work" and numb to the greater perspective behind it all. I want to thank you--for reminding me why I do the work that I do, how much I need to strive to do more and to challenge myself to dig deeper emotionally. I appreciated the perspective of the documentary so much. Often times, I feel like the humanitarian/development/aid community doesn't talk enough about the challenges and personal struggles of this type of work and masks it all with an invincible savior complex. Blood Brother really helped to remind me that it is okay to be vulnerable, to not know what you're doing all the time, and to truly, in all senses of the word, love your work. Thank you Rocky! Will be working on setting up a screening through Tugg!

  • Kathryn Bonach

    Humbling and inspirational mission of hope and love! Thank you Rocky and I'm determined to help!

    • Rocky Braat

      Thanks! We also need people wiling to host a screening. If you are interested let me know!

      • Kathryn Bonach

        Hello Rocky and children!
        I saw the screening in Pittsburgh for the Arts Festival and spoke with Steve Hoover after the Q and A. My son Jordan Tomb is the one who told me about you, he was invited to the initial screening as he went to the AIP for film and you and he have mutual friends (he works for Quanti Studios and Altar TV). He also gave me the book I Was Always Beautiful for Christmas last year, best present ever. Steve remembered Jordan at the screening. I'm a professor at IUP and I want to bring the documentary to IUP next year (ideally on World AIDS day) if I can work with administration to do it. Steve said if he was available he would come for Q and A. I have several colleagues interested in helping me. Also, my friend Sunita is a professor at Slippery Rock and is from India. She saw the documentary with me and wants to bring it to Slippery Rock. I have dedicated my entire 30+ year career to helping abused children; however, I was so humbled and inspired by what you are doing that I feel compelled to help with your mission of hope and love in whatever way possible.I'm taking more friends to the screening Dec 7th in Pittsburgh hosted by the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Be well all of you! With kindest regards, Kathryn Bonach

        • Rocky Braat

          Kathryn, your support means so much. We would love for your to host the film wherever you can. Feel free to reach out to Lizd@tugginc.com or joj@tugginc.com and we can set up some more screenings to share the film!

  • Justin Wiemer

    So incredibly inspiring. Thanks, Rocky for all you do!

  • Elizabeth Dyar

    Amazing film. So glad I've been able to see it. Rocky thanks for showing everyone that not every 20 something is selfish....your sacrifice inspires me to look for ways to serve others on my own community. Thank You!

    • Rocky Braat

      The opportunities are all around us, thankful to have you on board.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Amazing story, Rocky. I have to say- seeing the film was an emotional experience. Knowing that you're there for these kids when most of their families have abandoned them is heart-wrenching. I love that you show them the happy side of living, and that you're so dedicated. I'm hoping to host a screening soon.

    • Rocky Braat

      Thanks for offering to host a screening. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go to these kids and HIV/AIDS initiatives.