What makes you passionate about helping Niños de Guatemala?
Niños de Guatemala is an organization that aims to provide underprivileged children in Guatemala with an education, while also ensuring the physical and emotional well-being of the students. Guatemala is often portrayed as a country that offers beautiful landscapes with unique experiences that travellers can partake in. However, over 50% of the population in Guatemala lives in poverty and 30% of children do not finish first grade. Along with providing quality education, Niños de Guatemala also ensures the students receive two balanced meals a day as well as basic medical and dental care. I am passionate about helping Niños de Guatemala because I want to help evoke change within areas of Guatemala that experience poverty through the use of my camera. I have always been very motivated to use my camera as a tool to open others up and expose them to the world around me. My goal as a photographer is to capture images that create an emotive response, while urging people to make a change and take action against issues around the world.
2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
Photography is often seen as a universal language, as anyone who has access to an image is able to “read” and understand it. Photography also has the power to expose the viewer to situations and events that they may not otherwise be aware of in their day-to-day lives. I believe my photography can help make a difference to Niños de Guatemala, because it will help to tell the story of individuals within the area, and urge people to help make a change. By creating a connection between the image and the viewer I hope to bring attention to issues of poverty and lack of education within Guatemala.
3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?
I would like to thank my supporters for their contributions, and remind them that change is possible when people come together and work towards a common cause. I will do my best to capture images and stories of the individuals who are helped by Niños de Guatemala, and assist in spreading the word about issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. Any donations and contributions are greatly appreciated, and will be put towards bettering the lives of individuals and children who are being helped by the organization.