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Support Leonard Weins

Support Leonard Weins

1.     What makes you passionate about helping UBUSHOBOZI (http://www.ubushobozi.org)

Poverty in a country with little opportunity for self-advancement is a strong magnet that holds people at absolute zero.  It is one of the world’s most challenging barriers to overcome on a macro level, and on a personal level, one of the most challenging barriers to self-fulfillment and realization.  I humbly ask anyone to please spend a few moments pondering about how you might try to fight poverty in a country where educational opportunities are simply not as available as where we live. 

Grassroots, economically oriented growth programs like the ones that UBUSHOBOZI run for orphaned girls aren’t simple in set-up, or in realizing their end-goals.  But the kind team that launched UBUSHOBOZI are making great in-roads in combating the cycle of poverty in the girls’ lives that they support, and that sure is something.  Simple concepts can and do change the world that these girls experience.  UBUSHOBOZI are making a difference.

 

2.     How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?

It is easy to underestimate the power of images.  On one PWB assignment I am aware of privileged to be on, a simple story a photographer shared via social media garnered 5300 views (and climbing) for the NGO involved.  That’s may not be National Geographic, but it’s still 5300 more people aware (and possibly supporting) the NGO then knew about them in the past.  And photos give NGO’s the ability to more captivatingly tell their stories.  The challenge of a photographer, as I see it, is to do their best to capture the hearts and lives of the people involved – to get out of the way from the people as best as possible so that people peering into the souls of people who need our support and kindness can best understand their role in helping. 

 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

There are lots of great projects, great causes and great folks who need help. Frankly, it’s hard for caring folks such as yourself to decide which cause is best to support.  Get involved in any way you are motivated to.  And please consider donating direct to UBUSHOBOZI here:  http://www.ubushobozi.org/donate-1/

Support Susan Czyzo

Support Susan Czyzo

PWB sat down with Susan to discuss her upcoming project with Talking Through Art.

About Susan

Susan's photography journey began with the simple desire to capture better travel photos and has blossomed into a desire to make more of a lasting difference with her images. Recognizing that photography is a luxury far from the reach of many around the world, Susan joined PWB to offer her love of creating meaningful images to organizations in need of assistance.

Susan loves how photography allows her to convey what she and she alone sees, as well as the challenge of capturing the mood of what she's photographing. "There's just so much opportunity for growth with photography, with every session - whether it's a personal trip, a family portrait session, or an overseas adventure... And I just love getting my hands (and clothes) dirty to capture my unique perspective."


1. What makes you passionate about helping Talking Through Art (http://talkingthroughart.org)?

In addition to photography, I work as a physiotherapist, which has allowed me the opportunity to travel to rural communities in developing countries to work with children with disabilities and their families. This has exposed me to a rather harsh reality: people with disabilities in many developing countries have an especially difficult time not only finding work, but being valued by their own communities, making it near impossible to break out of the poverty cycle or make a change to their quality of life. Talking Through Art, by providing vocational training and job opportunities for people with disabilities, is helping to bridge a wide gap of opportunity and respect. Not an easy task by any means, but one I hope will benefit from my passion for providing an accessible stepping stone to these communities, and giving them an opportunity to thrive.


2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?

Often, it's difficult to understand the reality of a marginalized community without being immersed in it. With my photographs, I hope to bring to life an organization working to provide opportunities for those who are often forgotten, and the people whose lives are changing from their services. With the help of my background in physiotherapy, I hope to show that we're defined by more than our level of ability, and that no matter our circumstances, we all have a valued role to play in our communities.


3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?


I find it too easy to forget my good fortune in being able to travel the world, whether for a holiday, a volunteer trip or a photography project. With this trip, I will be fulfilling my passion for photography by helping Talking through Art tell their story to people around the world, in the hope of gaining awareness for their cause. I can't thank you enough for helping with this project, whether now with your donation, previously through your encouragement, or in the future with your thoughts. By acknowledging our good fortunes, together we can help improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.

www.bysusanczyzo.com


Support Jon Lloyd

Support Jon Lloyd

We had a chance to sit down with Jon and discuss his upcoming trip to Huvadhoo Aid

After attending the PWB photography school I anxiously went to the programs page where almost 75 opportunities in 40 different countries were posted. There were so many amazing NGOs but my strongest association was the Huvadhoo Aid organization in the Maldives. Having been born and raised on a Pacific island, and having lived within 10 miles of the ocean for most of my life, I'm deeply connected to the water. The incredible work done through this team called to my heart. 

In their own words, The major focus areas of the organization are democratic governance, environment and climate change, youth and women empowerment, drug and substance abuse prevention and community development. We seek to strengthen our actions for sustainable development and poverty alleviation in the community by promoting equity and equality. We also implement international volunteer program inviting foreigners to work with our programs and projects.

http://www.huvadhooaid.org/

The Maldives is a stunningly turquoise country that stretches over 1,000 islands across nearly 500 miles. Having traveled here with my family in 2016, we found the people to be warm, welcoming, and friendly! One of the fondest moments of the trip was when we stumbled across a small soccer field at one of the islands we visited. When they found out my youngest daughter was a competitive player (footballer to them), they invited her back the next day, even bringing her a new pair of cleats (boots). That hour they played in the pouring rain was full of laughter and smiles. 

My hope is to capture some magical moments and personal stories that will help Huvadhoo Aid continue their amazing work across this island. 

Support Andrea Musso

Support Andrea Musso

We had a chance to sit down with Andrea Musso and chat about his upcoming trip to Mil Milagros, in Guatemala.

 

What makes you passionate about helping MM?

As a photographer I love to offer my free time to serve non-profit organisations that take care of people in general; serving someone that spend their energy and time for children is always amazing, as they are our future, and this is true in any country. I am honoured to help MM in their work and I hope they will profit from my knowledge to fulfill the project.

I already had collaborations in the past with several organisations: orpahanges, schools, hospitals, outreach health centers… every time is a small adventure and an amazing mix of feelings; to meet the people is a great experience and to discover other cultures is enriching.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

Nowadays we need to communicate, and this is especially true for organisations that need sponsorships to fund their projects. A professional photographer can catch the moments in such a way that the observer understand better and faster the idea behind the project.

On a website, a flyer or any communication tool, a professional photo can have a much bigger impact.

For these reasons I think that my work can have a value and can help the organisation on the medium and long term

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I have no other way to thank you than offering my work, so:

For any donation above 50$ the photographer will send you the HD file of a photo of your choice in my whole catalog.

For any donation above 200$ the photographer will send you a print of a photo of your choice with certificate of authenticity of limited number of prints (1/30); please send me your address by email in this case.

 

Support Alan Lane

Support Alan Lane

Bio

Since a very young age I have been interested in other cultures and people’s well-being, in particular those who are less fortunate. After serving in the Iraq War while I was a United States Marine and returning to civilian life, I found myself drawn to returning overseas as an instructor to pursue my interest in other cultures and to impart my experience and knowledge to help keep those I was teaching safe in a combat environment. This took me to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bosnia. In each country I found the learning about and connecting with other cultures to be very invigorating, and increased my interest in doing more.  

In recent years, as I have developed my photography, videomaking and storytelling in mini-“documentaries”, I found that photography in particular has been an avenue where I am able to connect to and help those who are less economically fortunate, those of whom in the global community who are deserving of their stories being told and shared in order to, one, connect on a human level with those who are often forgotten, and two, to help create awareness in, and promote action from, those who want to share their support and blessings with others. This photographic journey has led me to do some important work within my own community, particularly with an elderly population who are challenged by some significant physical and mental challenges, and who are often left by the wayside by family members.  

Spending time with them and capturing their often-indomitable spirit has led to a connection that is lasting and very meaningful for all involved. This connection has also made its presence known during my two trips to Kingston, Jamaica over the last year while visiting and documenting some of the lives of the poorest of the poor. The camera has allowed me to establish a very intimate connection between myself and the people (I prefer to say “the souls”) that I encounter. It is a very sacred space that I am allowed into and I do not take it lightly or for granted. My hope and desire are to continue this type of work wherever I go and whoever I connect with, believing that we are all responsible for and tasked with using and sharing our gifts to better the world around us. 

What makes you passionate about helping Azizi Life (https://www.azizilife.com

I have long been passionate about the well-being of those on the fringes of society, people who are often overlooked and forgotten by the communities they live in and the world at large. Azizi Life’s commitment and mission to help support local artisans and their beautiful and hand-crafted work, along with other aspects of community life, such as adult literacy and Bible study classes, aligns with my own values and beliefs, and I am excited to partner with them and the people they support.  

As their website states, the income that is generated by the artisans “not only helps to cover their daily needs, but also provides them with a sense of control over their own futures.”  One woman mentioned is Jeannine, who says that “she was able to invest some of her money in a couple of pigs for breeding and selling.” Such ways of life are not often experienced in the Western world, and are often unknown or maybe misunderstood by the global community. Through grass-roots organizations like Azizi Life such exposure and true and lasting change can and does happen, and it is a blessing to play a part in the work that they do. 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?  

Photography, at its best, can be and is a vehicle and powerful tool to help promote awareness and initiate action with regard to social ills and issues, assisting those who are working with and for those in our local and global communities whose voice is not often heard, those whose gifts and talents are often not seen as worthwhile, marketable, or even present.  

I believe my photography will heighten awareness about the work that is being done by Azizi Life and the people that are affected by that work, and will result in, I believe, a body of work that can be used at and on various levels within the organization to help further their cause. A key to me, in all of that, and what I believe I am gifted at, is to be able to connect with the local people in a way that people viewing their pictures, on whatever medium is used, have a good sense of their beauty, dignity and value in order to better humanize them, illustrate some of what they offer to humankind and create the desire within potential supporters to help in whatever way they can.  

To see some of my work from Jamaica, please visit https://alandavidlane.wixsite.com/dignifiedphotography

What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

For those who know me, you know that I have a compassionate heart, shown through the service I try to extend to people in need of attention, time, and a giving and loving heart. These qualities are what I try to incorporate through my photography. I have had the good fortune of doing so in Jamaica and in my local community with an assisted living center. The connection I have been able to make with the people who are being cared for, and the resulting photographs that were a result of that connection, is life-giving and affirming as both a human being and as a photographer.  

It is in that sacred space that I have been allowed into that I will be carrying with me to my trip to Rwanda in March of 2019 in support of Azizi Life (https://azizilife.com), partnering with them to help both document and explore the work and lives of local artisans and the community of which they live. Doing so will further promote and make aware the desire and need of both the local and global communities to, in their own way, support the work that is being done in order to help folks provide a living and sustainable wage for themselves and their families.  

Support Sandra Jasmin

Support Sandra Jasmin

Bio for Sandra Jasmin

I am a documentary-style travel photographer and film/tv art director based in Canada. I’m focused on creating awareness and understanding to bridge cultures, communities and countries. I’m naturally curious. My inspirations: the surreal beauty of the world and the enduring power of the human spirit. I explore and learn about the world firsthand. My images highlight the overall essence of a place, vivid environmental portraits and images on political and social topics. 

No matter what the medium, my goal has always been to create, share and chase compelling images that have a raw and vivid essence. I hope viewers find the beautiful and the unexpected in my photographs.

I was born in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps and immigrated to Canada in 1998 with a background as a drafting technician in civil, landscape and urban engineering. Upon studying visual effects and immersing myself in the arts, I picked up a camera to study lighting and that was the beginning of my life as a photographer.

https://www.sandrajasmin.com

What makes you passionate about helping Uganda Hands for Hope?

Uganda Hands for Hope is a project close to my heart because it is aimed at improving the lives of people in developing countries. I am a visual storyteller who will never tire of the endurance of the human spirit.

I strongly believe in the Uganda Hands for Hope mission statement – “Everyone deserves the best chance in life.” I also believe in their commitment to support some of the most vulnerable children on the planet and their families and these children will lead the next generation.

I believe that education is the foundation of growth and development. By empowering the children with knowledge, the program helps to empower communities. With every new generation of educated young people, a wave of change and improvement will occur, and the cycle of poverty can end.

The health nutrition and social care programs as well as the alternative education program sync perfectly with my core beliefs. The programs are designed for sustainable growth, encouraging these communities to earn a meaningful livelihood.

It is time for each and every one of us to step up and come together to do our part in supporting developing communities.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

Photography is an extremely powerful medium. A picture can tell a whole story even when language is a barrier. Helping to create awareness about the work of Uganda Hands for Hope through thought-provoking visual images.

My focus is to create awareness and galvanize action. Capture the essence of the place with my photographs so that the world can catch a glimpse of the exceptional work being done here. My photographs will be a 'call to action,' urging people to get involved with the projects of Uganda Hands for Hope. 

Armed with a well-documented series of photographs, I am confident that the efforts made here will be noticed by other communities. My contribution to this project would be to try and generate global awareness with my work.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thank you for helping us! I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to come to Uganda and document the amazing work carried out by this organization. It is an amazing opportunity for me to give back by donating my time, skills, equipment and expertise to an incredibly worthy cause.

Our simple work may be the greatest inspiration to help each of us become a better human every day.

Support Seth and Arletta Charter

Support Seth and Arletta Charter

Bio for Seth Charter

Being raised on the island of Martha’s Vineyard taught me that a community where people lean on each other is a productive, warm and truly wonderful place that has influenced my whole life. I’ve been obsessed with travel and world culture since a very early age and I have visited many countries and I pride myself with trying to learn as much as I can about them.  Photographing different people and places made me discover my love for cameras, computers and everything that beeps or whirs. The pace of the tech world is moving so fast that its very hard to keep up, I still try though!

I went to college in New Orleans and when Hurricane Katrina hit my life changed.  Seeing the devastation and chaos nature could cause with a single stroke was an eye opener.  I wanted to make a difference and understand how I could actually help. Since then I’ve been visiting different cultures and really understanding that there is so much to do out there.  I’m so lucky to have a partner with a heart of solid gold, together we will help in every way we can. Our society needs to know more about the global poverty and i’m hoping to help get the word out!

Bio for Arletta Diosi

I’m Arletta, the photographer and graphic designer behind Photo to Table. I live on the island of Martha’s Vineyard where I’m constantly inspired by the organic beauty and untouched landscape that surrounds me. I strive to create honest photography by embracing candid moments, natural light and minimal production.

Growing up in Serbia taught me how to step back and look at things from a different perspective. It trained my eyes to find beauty in the unexpected and I am committed to telling your story in the same way. I will look for the most sincere points that can’t be duplicated, the intimate glances, raw emotions and personal interactions – in my opinion there’s nothing more beautiful than that. 

I find daily inspiration in the intriguing shapes and simplicity of typography, the creative freedom of graphic design, a good dark brew and anything from Napa Valley!
I love what I do and I’d love the chance to work with you! If it sounds like we’re on the same page–please get in touch and we’ll get started.

What makes you passionate about helping Partners for Possibility?

Growing up in Serbia I’ve had a chance to closely experience similar problems in education to the South African crisis. I deeply believe that education is the key to improve the quality of our own life as well as improve our community.

I’ve always tried to believe that every problem CAN be solved. It is just an obstacle in our lives, to challenge us, and push us even further. It triggers our creativity and resourcefulness. I choose to believe that what seems impossible in the moment will bring us lots of good in the long term.

Living in a closed minded environment can swallow up an individual and it makes it easy to believe that the solutions are unreachable so people make their peace with poor circumstances. And that shows how broken the system is!

Travelling the world and learning of different cultures and lifestyles taught me that we are ALL the same. Asking ourselves the same questions: what do I want to be when I grow up? Should I be brave enough to follow my passion? Am I good enough? Poor or rich, dark skin or white, we are all in the same shoes! Together, we can all encourage each other and find the way to build a successful life!

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

The world has so much to offer! A single photograph can be powerful tool which can be eye opening and can deliver a message with a real impact.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

We are lucky enough to learn from a community we live in, that through hands on education anyone can develop skills that will help them create a secure future. We have a life changing opportunity to show the strength of our community and the humanity we are surrounded with.
Please help us, help them!

Support Kelly Schovanek

Support Kelly Schovanek

What makes you passionate about helping Pastoralist?

Pastoralist Child Foundation is an organization on the front lines in Kenya, dedicated to stopping the practice of female genital mutilation. They believe in a woman's ability to sexual self-determination, educational choice and social responsibility.   Through educational workshops, they aim to enhance communities knowledge on topics like teen pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health, child marriage and gender equality.   I admire that they have taken on this complex issue, and am honoured and eager to help them achieve their goals.  They offer an ambitious curriculum that is  vital in creating positive, healthy futures for the Maasai and Samburu communities they work with. 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I do not believe that I am there to simply take photographs.   I am there to form relationships with the people, to understand them.  I have an eagerness to learn who they are, and for them to learn from me as well. I believe that this relationship helps establish trust, which as a photographer is incredibly important in creating images that are more than 2 dimensional.   It is my hope that those that see the image will understand this bond through the photo. I believe that this is necessary in making the imagery of this campaign captivating to those it reaches.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thanks so much! There are a thousand people on social media asking for donations to their causes.  Please know that this is a good one.  I have been researching this subject, and with all sincerity Female Genital Mutilation is horrific, and has no place in any culture.  It appropriates a women's right to self-determination, her right to her own sexual choices, and is the result of a subversive patriarchal system. Girls as young as 5 are forcefully held down by loved ones that have betrayed their trust. Their legs are forced apart , and their vaginas are sliced off, sometimes by dull razors, sometimes with no antiseptic.  They scream, they bleed.  Physically they take a long time to heal. Mentally and emotionally they may never heal.

Support Erin Shepley

Support Erin Shepley

What makes you passionate about helping Raintree?

The Raintree Foundation is an incredible organization and I really love how they focus on helping people in rural and underdeveloped communities in Thailand. I felt compelled to work with them as I firmly believe in their work and how they're trying to create change. Their goal is to give people hope and opportunity for the future - they believe in doing this through education and providing people with the tools and knowledge to be successful in their own environment by creating jobs and an overall more stable and safe living situation. They focus quite a bit on child development and are involved in several community projects including village schools, water supply systems and clean drinking water. I wholeheartedly agree with their mission and approach and feel honoured that I will be documenting their daily efforts to make change happen. My love of children and photography will hopefully come through in the images I create for them.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

My goal will be to really immerse myself in Raintree's day to day work and capture their passion and love of wanting to help and empower people. My hope for this organization is that they can use the images I take to reach out to more people via their website, social media etc. I want the images to tell the story of how they want to better their community and hopefully the photos will inspire people to donate or contribute to such a great cause.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I am so grateful to you for your support and for wanting to give to this amazing project and foundation. I promise I will do my best to make the most out of your generous donation by working hard and giving back as much as I can while visiting Chiang Mai and afterwards as well.

Support Arielle Gallione

Support Arielle Gallione

Hi! My name is Arielle, and I am a full-time wedding photographer, part-time personal trainer based outside of Chicago, Illinois. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Exercise Science in 2013, and it was during college that my life-long intrigue toward photography turned into a tangible passion. I have been freelancing full-time since 2015, and I have been very fortunate to travel to make art. While I spend most of my time behind the lens shooting veils and first-kisses, street and documentary photography provides me with a sense of fulfilment that I cannot accurately put into words. I am incredibly humbled to have been brought on board with Photographers Without Borders.

What makes you passionate about helping Fountain Youth?

I am eager to help the Fountain Youth Initiative because I firmly believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. Children are a beacon of hope in a world that is too often plagued by divisiveness and evil, and their empowerment is vital for change. I hope to create work that highlights the mission and vision of the organization, and I am looking forward to being immersed into the culture and lifestyle of those around me as I work.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I believe that my photography can make a difference for Fountain Youth Initiative because I have an innate ability to capture raw, organic emotion through portraiture; and I hope to evoke not only empathy, but action. If my images cause an onlooker to think, “What can I do to help?”, I will have done my job.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Working as a freelance artist is not easy. I have experienced debilitating stress and self-doubt, and there have been times in which I was not sure whether or not I had made the right decision in pursuing my passion full-time. With that being said, I would not be here today without the encouragement and support of those around me. Thank you for supporting me in this endeavor. I am truly grateful.

Support Steven Bezzio

Support Steven Bezzio

I am born and raised in Seattle, where it never stops raining but it's always beautiful. I've found myself leaving and coming back every other year, and every time I leave I go just a little bit further from home. I graduated university from my home town at University of Washington in International Business & Marketing but I've moved to Italy. Specifically, I am finishing my Masters a Università Bocconi in the study of Tourism & Communication.  

What makes you passionate about helping Potential Energy?

Potential Energy offers a real meaningful solution to a serious problem. Rather than just being an awareness campaign or vaguely named anti-bad stuff organization.  In so far as, they address the problem of deforestation and indoor pollutions with the solution of proper affordable stoves. It’s pragmatic and has real potential.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

When I go to research the problem address it’s pretty easy to find they Berkley-Darfur stoves but I’ve been unsuccessful in finding the imagery of the problem mentioned. That is to say, the stoves inside of homes is an after picture and I’m yet to find good examples of the before.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

A little goes a long way with these guys, the average price of a stove for their Sudan project was $20, Uganda will likely be a little more because it’s not near a major port. What they really need is a larger platform to stand on, and that’s where I can help with my photography and the support of PWB.

Support Joanne Chui

Support Joanne Chui

My name is Joanne Chui.  I'm from west coast Canada. I stuck around in London England after studying a Masters in Nutrition for Global Health.  I enjoy exploring different cultures and new places from the top of the mountains to the bottom of the sea. On weekends I can be found hanging on the side of a rock.  My photography and international development career began simultaneously in Swaziland when I realized the importance of food and health.  My goal is to not only capture our beautiful planet but also how life interacts with the environment. 

What makes you passionate about helping One Prosper?

One Prosper works to empower girls in Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India to break the cycle of poverty. Working in international development, one of the recurring themes is to invest in women and girls to help them thrive. The health and well-being of women directly benefit the family.  One Prosper does just this by bringing clean water, education and better nutrition to underprivileged girls. I'm excited to be able to help the organization and join my two passions of photography and development work.  

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

Storytelling and photos have the power to move us.  By photographing One Prosper, I hope to shed light on the work and its impact it has on their lives so One Prosper can continue changing lives of young women.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thank you for your generosity and support! It's because of you that One Prosper has the opportunity to tell their story to more people and continue empowering young girls.  Together we can make a difference. Every little bit counts! 

Support Miki Iwamura

Support Miki Iwamura

What makes you passionate about helping your NGO?

I have always believed that every human being have the rights to the five basic needs of life- food, health, education, environmental and socio-economic security. According to statistics, nearly half of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day, and more than 1.3 billion live on even less than that in extreme poverty. Upendo is a non-profit organization that works to stabilize these conditions in Oyugis region of Kenya. The area is rural and agrarian, where forestry rights have been sold, and much of the middle generation is gone as a result of HIV/AIDS. What makes me passionate about working with Upendo is the scale in which they work. They are made up of more than 30 community groups, 100 plus sites and nearly 3000 people that works to balance the five sectors of life in the region. From food distribution to developing clinics and schools for orphans, to training in business and farming skills, Upendo’s aim is to “empower the people and make them master of their own destiny.” Having worked in Kenya these past few years through education, I experienced how difficult it is to keep things afloat. So part of it is also curiosity- how is this done? 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

Photography communicates in ways that words cannot. It can transport you to a place, an experience, give a frame of reference and a powerful statement. It personalizes an experience and gives a better understanding, so the viewers may grasp what the organization stands for and the kind of work they do. I hope to honor Upendo’s work not just through high quality images, but by giving a voice to the uniqueness of people and places involved. I hope in return this will help reach a greater audience for their cause.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thank YOU. It is people like you that makes projects like this possible, and I am truly grateful for your support. I will be photographing many sites, many different activities and people to capture Upendo's impact. My aim for this project is to capture each of the five sectors of life, with a focus on individuals that are directly affected. Whenever I can, I will post on social media so you are a part of this journey with me. 

Support Cameron Taff Anderson

Support Cameron Taff Anderson

My name Cameron Taff Anderson. I am a Photographer and Videographer specializing in documentary photography. I moved to Denver to attend college, where I graduated from the University of Denver with a Major in Film Studies in Media Production in 2018. My body of work mainly focuses on documentary photography. In the past couple of years, I have grown more interested in

photographing people from across the world. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to countries such as Kenya, Egypt and Thailand, where I gravitated towards photographing people. I find people to be some of the most interesting organism on the planet. In my spare time, I like to go camping in the Rocky Mountains, attend concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and travel with friends.

What makes you passionate about helping Pragya Seeds Nepal (ttp://www.pgsi.or)?

I realize the privilege to travel to Nepal is something most don't have the opportunity to do. I come from a place where clean water and trash disposal is largely taken for granted. I’m passionate about helping Pragya Seeds Nepal, because their mission which helps promote zero waste across Nepal, aligns with my responsibilities as a citizen of this planet!

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I believe my photography can make a difference for Pragya Seeds Nepal by capturing the people of Nepal, who will benefit from this life changing cause. Photographing this life changing cause and the people behind it will allow the positive impact of these programs to increase exponentially.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

My name is Cameron Taff Anderson. I recently decided to use the skills I’ve learned as a photographer the best way I know how, to give back. I have decided to travel to Nepal this November, where I will be working with the NGO known asPragya Seeds Nepal. he message I would like to send to my supporters... By donating, you’re not only helping me accomplish my dream of helping others while abroad, but you’re also helping the people of Nepal. Help me by being a part of the solution. It’s as easy as clicking a button!

Support Kim Annand

Support Kim Annand

I have been a photographer since I can remember being able to hold a camera.  I am driven to utilize my skills as a photographer, coupled with my 18 years experience as a child advocate/lawyer, to create images that educate and inspire change.  I strongly believe as a photographer/artist that we need to shake the status quo and bring social issues to the forefront by creating images that encourage viewers to question that status quo, inspire change, and eventually elicit hope for a better future for the world's children, and humankind in general.  I am passionate about volunteering my photographic skills where I can, but I also love creating fine art images.  In addition, I am forever travelling and documenting the beautiful things I encounter in our world.

What makes you passionate about helping SASANE?

I am grateful for the opportunity to assist the SASANE organization.  I am passionate about helping vulnerable persons. I believe their SASANE's work is critical in saving the lives of these vulnerable women and children. Their motivation as survivors to support one another and advocate for themselves and others is inspirational.  It is critical for victims to have a safe, supportive place to take back their power, and SASANE provides that, along with hope for a brighter future.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

With my 18 years of experience as an advocate/lawyer for child victims of abuse in Canada, I can provide the SASANE project with an educated and compassionate approach to the photography and videography required to effectively address their needs. I believe I can provide a unique glimpse into a world that most people don't see, in an effort to help SASANE increase awareness, provide education, and assist with funding. 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

The healing, education, and empowerment of the survivors of abuse, such as victims of human trafficking, is imperative for the future success of women and children, all across the globe, to fulfill their limitless potential to become happy, productive members of society.  Without organizations like SASANE this would not be possible.  With PWB's work SASANE can get the help and exposure they need in order for them to focus their much needed attention on their humanitarian work.

Support Alex Cave

Support Alex Cave

In a decade of photographic documentation, Los Angeles based photographer Alex Cave has used his camera to explore displacement and isolation. His latest series focusing on deported US veterans living in Mexico is a testament to the confrontational nature of his subject matter. Alex attempts to create a feeling of isolation using a neutral color palette, featuring one bright, out-of-place tone. In addition to work with displaced veterans, Alex has photographed melting glaciers in the arctic, suburbanization in the American Southwest, and childhood poverty in Bolivia. He credits his mother for cultivating his passion for all things photography as an adolescent. 

What makes you passionate about helping TCC and NAI?

Aside from photography, I have alot of interest in using a social enterprise to bring attention and sustainability to a problem that needs to be addressed. In 2014 I left UCLA to finish my degree in a Social Entrepreneurship program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Before I made the switch, all of my courses were fairly straight forward: accounting, finance, writing a business model, but none of my classes really touched on how to use these skills to fix real-world problems. It wasn't until I was at Antioch when I started to see how a sustainable business model could confront problems like bringing clean water to a region or lifting a community out of poverty.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I'm great at gaining a certain level of intimacy with my subject matter, and that tends to show in my images. I'm also great at coming into an organization that feels a little impersonal online and creating moving portraits of the people that benefit from all the good work they do. With past jobs my photography has connected well with supporters, donors and stakeholders, so my hope is to capture intimate portraiture and documentary images that help grow their organization.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

What message would you like to send to your supporters? It's just a huge honor that people even want to look at my images, to hang my prints on their wall, or to invite me into their world to take their portraits. No contribution is too small, from sharing my story on social media to buying one of my prints. I'm grateful for any and all support.

Support Gary Friedman

Support Gary Friedman

Gary L. Friedman is a professional photographer who has traveled the world with his cameras and runs the stock image website FriedmanArchives.com.  He has also written several highly-acclaimed e-books on digital imaging, all aimed at demystifying the complexities of digital cameras.  His photography and writing has been published in magazines, newspapers, and books worldwide, and he is associate editor of CameraCraft magazine, the antithesis of your typical photo magazine (which you can subscribe to here.) He was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world's smallest telephone way back in 1980 (before cell phones or cordless phones were around).

Before graduating to photography he was a rocket scientist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he patented the image authentication system now used in high-end digital cameras from Canon and Nikon, and published the book "Control the World with HP-IL", a technical book showing how to interface Hewlett Packard handheld calculators (like the HP-41C and HP-71B; the most powerful handheld computers on earth at the time) to the outside world. 

Frustrated with the inability to commercialize his patents, he left JPL after 10 years to learn how to run a business.  He founded E2 Solutions (www.E2Solutions.com), an Information Technology Consulting firm and grew it from 1 person and 1 telephone to a $10M/yr firm and 22 employees within three years.  A tour of duty with a dot-com followed.  We all know what happened after that.  :-)

Gary's best-known works are the 1988 "Peace Child in Latvia", a photojournalistic documentary about a historic exchange between Soviet and American high-school student back in the days of the cold war, and his 2003 China Blog about his adventures teaching English in China.  

Gary keeps busy now with photo assignments, image licensing, writing books, and acting as a distributor for a most unique musical instrument called a Xaphoon.  In his spare time (Ha!) he is traveling the world offering highly-acclaimed photography seminars to any photo club that wants it.  He can be reached at Gary@FriedmanArchives.com

 

What makes you passionate about helping Hearts for Hue?

I grew up during the Vietnam war, and I'm aware of the toll the war took on this country.  In my quest to give back I'm happy to work in the area hit hardest by the war, and to this day is still in need of basic assistance.  

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I've done projects that document important work in an effort to "get the word out".  (Example: http://friedmanarchives.com/Latvia/PCLatvia.htm ).  I have been telling stories through photography for more than 30 years and I based on all I've learned the story of all the good this NGO is doing needs to be told.  

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

You can make a difference to help support this important work, and demonstrate to the world the importance of NGO's, which often succeed where governments fail.  

Support Kyle Zehr

Support Kyle Zehr

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.

Support Madigan Cotterill

Support Madigan Cotterill

  1. 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. 

Support Dan Davis

Support Dan Davis

Bio for Dan Davis

Dan Davis is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder, Colorado.  After graduating from the University of Southern California and spending two years in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, he returned to his roots and settled in the Vail Valley.  It was during this time that Dan became interested in ski photography.  After finding success in the pages of SkiSkiing and Powder Magazines, he decided to devote all his time to becoming a professional photographer.  Several years later Dan is living near Vail, Colorado and providing professional photographic services.  And staying close to his Peace Corps roots he is still finding time to volunteer in Africa.  Providing promotional media for various developmental organizations. 

What makes you passionate about helping Luhwawa Youth Development Foundation (Luyodefo)? 

What interests me about Luyodefo is that this organization is boldly taking on the challenges of health, education and community issues that directly affect the children and youth of Uganda. Luyodefo recognizes that combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, providing clean drinking water and fostering community development creates a platform on which children can flourish and develop. 

The tragedy and hope is that these challenges are preventable.  Around 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor drinking water. In Uganda, there are around 1.2 million adults living with HIV/AIDS.  These problems can be eliminated through education and modest infrastructure initiatives. 

I believe that Luyodefo provides underserved youth with the opportunity to achieve an education, a healthy existence and success.  

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?  

Change can only be facilitated through awareness. It is my goal to use my camera and lenses to provide images that will bring this awareness. To create images that spark human interest and action. To create images that inspire awareness into another culture or region which can facilitate change. The still image can transmit an entire gamut of emotion to the viewer at first glance. 
A valuable commodity in the modern and fast paced world full of sound bites and instant information.  

It is these visual storytelling skills that can provide the media assets to help to promote Luyodefo’s amazing work in Kasese, Uganda.  

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Whether during my Peace Corps experience, travelling abroad in developing countries or at home, the needs of children have always tugged at my heartstrings. I believe the underserved youth need to be given every advantage to achieve a life filled with love and success.  

I feel a strong need to once again volunteer my expertise and time to help promote positive change from a grassroots level.  

In addition to creating promotional media, I am looking forward to my interactions with the people of Kasese. The cultural exchange is the most magical part for me. To live in a different society and discover the special gifts that each side has to offer.