I love stories. They help to shape who we are and can leave lasting impacts on our lives and communities. My own story is that for years I have been a photographer, videographer and creative. However, over the past ten years or so I have had numerous opportunities to travel internationally to tell stories through video and photography. My experiences in being abroad have led me to take my skills more seriously with regard to storytelling. Most of these experiences have involved development, under-resourced communities of men, women and children, healing from genocide and then also documenting relationships and changes that have been seen. In all of my work, I aim to promote dignity while sharing hope within a given reality. Everywhere I go, I long to tell stories that promote dignity, healing and restoration.
My international experience has taken me to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Haiti and Rwanda. This new experience of partnering with Mil Milagros is such an honor and I can’t wait to help them tell their story! I currently reside in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to leading a community of artists in a church community, I also serve as the staff photographer and videographer of a community development nonprofit within the heart of urban Milwaukee.
Mil Milagros is doing important work feeding children and building capacities of teachers and women to implement and sustain changes in the lives of their children, schools and communities. This trip will most certainly open my eyes in fresh ways as to how to better tell stories that need to be told while also preparing me for the next opportunities to serve. I can’t wait to get started.
1. What makes you passionate about helping MM?
I think Mil Milagros is doing awesome work. In my travels, I’ve seen a lot of children in impoverished communities that aren’t given a chance to thrive. The fact that Mil Milagros is concerned with sustainability for women’s and children’s health and education means they are looking to the future. These kids’ lives matter and the programs they have created to help address malnutrition and further child development give them the best chances for sustainability. I’m excited to see how I can capture moments of transformation and help them further their mission. I want to use my love of storytelling to help them share possibilities and celebrate the good that’s already happening.
2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
My work comes from a place that desires to celebrate hope and healing as well as promote change and dignity. I’m constantly looking for ways to see the good in what might otherwise be considered a struggle. There are present realities that people need to understand, but there is also good to be found. In my years of experience, much of my work has focused around communities involving children in less than desirable environments involving children in need of proper nutrition and basic needs. I’ve seen the effects of malnutrition as well as basic provision and how it is a starting point for development and sustainability. Having a knowledge of such programs, I believe that my experience in storytelling and underlying desire to inspire while giving dignity will hopefully be an asset to them as they seek to tell their stories of ongoing development. I long to tell a visually, truthful narrative that celebrates the story of hope and progress.
3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?
Thank you so much for your support and donation! It’s because of people like you that Mil Milagros can tell their story to a much larger audience and continue the work that they are doing. By donating to this project, you’ve provided them with an opportunity to have their work documented in such a way that supports and enables them to reach more people and helps build donor support for the communities of women and children they serve.