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Support Lee Bartran

Support Lee Bartran

I’m Lee….a Colorado native, single mom to seven (four who were adopted), deep-thinking introvert who is passionate about travel, photography and storytelling for change.  

For 10 years,  my work was focused on orphaned children in China,  creating foster care programs, leading medical trips, and creating my own non-profit which operated in China.  My work  allowed medically frail orphaned children to get the medical care they needed, education and a loving environment where they could thrive.    It was incredibly rewarding  work….but it was hard.  

It takes a special kind of person to run an NGO…. a dedication that goes far beyond the typical 8-5.   Long hours, sometimes being the manager, volunteer coordinator & fundraiser all in one, guided by one strong vision.   It’s a journey I know personally, so to  have the opportunity to work alongside Chepembere Community Development Organization  (CCDO)  and share their work  feels like an incredible opportunity.   Located in rural Malawi,  they are doing work to empower women and children, teach entrepreneurial skills while focusing on gender equality….and they are making change.  Their core belief that  “ to empower women is to empower the entire society” is one that resonates deeply with  me personally.  

Spending a few weeks by their side,  hearing their heart and seeing their work first hand will provide the perfect backdrop to share their story.    When you combine powerful imagery with storytelling, and share your message with the world, it’s  impactful. …something I have experienced first hand.  So to play a small role in sharing their work, feels incredible and an opportunity I am so grateful for.  

Support Lee Rubin-Jakober

Support Lee Rubin-Jakober

Bio

Lee Rubin-Jakober is an avid traveler, teacher, and photographer. She grew up in central Massachusetts but has lived outside of America for the last five years. Lee has taught both high school photography and classes geared towards adults. She believes in the powerful stories that images can tell and uses her photography to bring truth and light to relevant issues like education and equal rights.

1. What makes you passionate about helping Alpine Peace Crossing?

I am passionate for people who are working to make a difference, who serve on behalf of others. Alpine Peace Crossing is clearly motivated not only to help refugees and those seeking asylum but also to pay tribute to those who came before them, honoring the Jewish Exodus in 1947 with a remembrance walk.

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

I believe that photography has the power to tell stories, to catch the attention that words cannot. It speaks to a level of human interaction, demonstrating the inner workings of an organization. I believe that photographs will help get the Alpine Peace Crossing’s message out. That with the help of Photographers Without Borders, they can be recognized for the incredible work they are doing to help refugees and those seeking asylum.

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

I would like my supporters to know that I believe in the world that the Alpine Peace Crossing is doing and that I am honored to be able to witness and take part in their reflection and tribute to those who came before them.

Support Samantha Hines

Support Samantha Hines

BIO

Samantha Hines is a documentary family photography living in Denver, Colorado. She studied Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish at Oklahoma State University and earned a master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics from NYU Madrid in Spain. Sam discovered her love for documentary photography while photographing a family road trip through the western United States and quickly realized that capturing in-between family moments using the documentary approach was her calling. For the last two and a half years, Sam has been documenting moments for families in their homes, at their weddings, and at other events, eschewing the posed in favor of the authentic.

1. What makes you passionate about helping La Esperanza Granada (LEG)

It’s always been difficult for me to decide which charity to support – helping those trapped in the cycle of poverty, protecting the environment, LGBTQ and gender equality – how is one to choose among so many important issues? Eventually, though, I realized that finding solutions to these problems rests on having an educated populace. By educating children, La Esperanza Granada helps brighten the future of not just the children they are helping, but of society as a whole. Supporting education supports all causes.

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

In today’s social media driven world, the importance of impactful photography to tell a story and grab a user’s attention cannot be overstated. Non-profits and NGOs like La Esperanza Granada rely on outside support and having images that show potential volunteers and donors exactly how and who they are helping is vital. I believe that my images will help create the connection needed for La Esperanza Granada to gain supporters and grow.

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

I cannot thank you enough. Please know that there is no contribution too small; any support you are able to give is deeply appreciated.

Support Lola Wallace

Support Lola Wallace

Born and raised in London’s east end, I went to school with kids whose parents came from all over the world, it was an incredible mix of cultures. My own parents had settled in London when they were children, dad from Trinidad in the West Indies, my mum from Guyana in South America, so I thrived in such a diverse environment.

After school, I went to university gaining a BA Hons degrees in Cultural Studies, which in turn led to my fascination with people’s unique stories, where they came from, how it had shaped them and where they may be headed.

About that same time, I’d started to develop a keen interest in photography, so it seemed obvious that this would work as a fine medium to try to capture, in a singular moment, some aspect, some fragment of these peoples lives.

Unfortunately, as it does, real life and having a “proper” job got in the way, but I was fortunate to land a role as assistant to renowned rock artist photographer Jill Furmanovsky.

Through working with Jill, I discovered PYMCA - (Photographic, Youth, Music, Culture Archive), an agency dedicated to visually capturing and documenting every imaginable aspect of global youth culture. I became the Agent/rep for PYMCA’s leading photographers, arranging exhibitions and bringing artists together with clients.

After 3 years PYMCA morphed into POW - Pictures on Walls, representing graphic designers and graffiti artists like Jamie Hewlett, Mode2 and Banksy.  Along with owner Steve Lazarides, my role was to get the artists names out through events and exhibitions …

3 years later, I moved to Portland, Oregon on the West Coast of the US. I got married had two kids and settled into being “at home”, chasing after the three of them….

Not finding this completely fulfilling,  I saw this time as an opportunity to rekindle my love of photography, learn more about digital photography and post processing with Photoshop and Lightroom.  I returned to what I loved doing: documenting people doing what they loved doing, telling their stories in the most unfiltered, honest way I possibly could. This grew into my first website, Pictures of People, or popphoto.pics

Then, after 12 years being comfortably settled in Oregon, up popped a very unexpected opportunity for the family to live for three years in Sri Lanka ! Not without some apprehension, we decided we would be mad to pass up this chance to live and learn in a completely different culture.

While in Sri Lanka I began taking snaps of people I met on the streets.  This was fun, but I wanted to dig a little deeper, so started contacting local non profits, offering to take photos to help promote and publicize their causes.

In  November 2018,  I went to India and took photographs for the Sambhali Trust NGO.

Sambhali’s mission is to empower girls and women in English and maths education whilst teaching the marketable trade skill of sewing. This experience truly was a game changer for me. I now knew what my focus in photography would be.


What makes you passionate about helping the organization?

I am passionate about shooting for non profits especially those geared towards providing a path of growth for children and young women. The Programs at Avatar provides education and training for children and girls all the way up to graduate school. This is an incredible opportunity for any child. I am enthusiastic about education and empowering children especially girls in India where an education can suddenly come to an end at the age of 15 because she has to be married and stay at home.


How do you believe your photography can make a difference?

I love visual story telling. I believe my images will benefit Avasar and drive new audiences to their programs. I hope my photographs will show the students at work and move the onlooker to want to get involved. I want the audience to really see how successfully the programs are working.


What message would you like to send to your supporters?

My message for support is simple. The Avasar Foundation says that ’Ability is nothing without opportunity.’ Support, is key in keeping these programs alive.


Support Jon Llyod

Support Jon Llyod

Jon's first travel experience was when his family moved to Guam when he was just shy of 1 year old. His parents were avid travelers and loved to explore whatever part of the world they were stationed in, most often in a camper van. He has since traveled to over 70 countries on 6 continents, looking to explore the people, culture, and wildlife of a place. One of the first things he does when he arrives is to go wander and get lost in the local markets or back alleys where life really happens. He actively looks for opportunities to engage locals in dialog about their life and dreams. He is currently on an extended sabbatical from his role running training programs for enterprise software companies. After attending the PWB School in Sumatra in 2018, Jon has three PWB assignments in 2019.

What makes you passionate about helping the organization?

My first trip to the African continent was in 2014 where I blended a traditional Tanzanian safari with visits to clinics, schools, and non-profits. It was my first real glimpse into how small non-profits and NGOs can make significant steps in improving the quality of life. What drew me to Abofra is their focus on computer education and their outreach program into under-served communities. As someone who has been deeply involved in teaching software over the last 20 years, the importance of this literacy is critical to economic success.

Abofra Foundation believe we are in a technological age and the development of every nation depends on its citizen passion for I.C.T. (Information & Communications Technology). Children being our major focus means, every child must have easy access to computer education.


How do you believe your photography can make a difference?

What I love about the Abofra Foundation is their commitment to children as well as the community as a whole. This holistic approach is deeply moving and I hope that I can capture that impact to move more people to support this community and stunningly beautiful country.  


What message would you like to send to your supporters?

It is my deepest hope that supporting Abofra in Ghana will allow them to grow awareness of their cause for both art and computer education for children, and the community outreach program, which visits disadvantaged communities and towns with a full range of development programs.


Support Kim and Julien Annand

Support Kim and Julien Annand

As a mother and son team we are more than excited to work together as we embark on this adventure to assist EmpowerMen in Madagascar.  Our hope is to create moving photography and videography that will motivate more young men to become the changemakers needed in our challenging world.  To drive them to overcome barriers and set the pace for a new generation.

We are inspired by EmpowerMen Madagascar, who are dedicated to providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access to the skills or resources necessary to catapult them on to success.

We want to show the world their strength in saying ‘yes’ to standing up for equal rights and gender equality via their ‘He-for She' campaign. Boys and men can be the heroes we need them to be; to stand beside us as we continue to lay the foundation to create a world free of inequality.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

As a lawyer I have been advocating for the vulnerable for almost 20 years. It was a natural progression for me to use my lens as a means to extend that advocacy in my photography.  I rose from a life of poverty and injustices, to achieve my goals, which became the motivation for my passion to help others.  My background affords me a unique perspective and provides me with tools to bring compassion and understanding to my work as a photographer.  I always strive to keep learning new things, about new places and cultures, and opening up my mind to new experiences.  I have an incurable case of wanderlust and feel so alive behind my camera.  

I have two children and a granddaughter, who is 8.  They travel with me a lot. In fact, my son, Julien will be joining me on some of these adventures to do videography. Julien is a talented musician, mastering the piano at a young age, is quick witted and very bright.  He aspires to be a computer programmer and is committed to social justice, being involved in various volunteer activities in our community and at school. 

Support Zoe Wittering

Support Zoe Wittering

PWB had the chance to sit down with Zoe Wittering to discuss her upcoming trip to Ukraine.

The Photographer

Zoé is a lifestyle and portrait photographer living in the South of France. She grew up in England, studied law and french at university and went on to train and qualify as a corporate lawyer. She worked in London for several years , then moved to Moscow, Russia which is where her photography journey started. Wanting to capture and document the places she travelled to she found herself increasingly drawn to photographing people, which has now become her passion. For the last sixteen years she has lived in Russia and France. Motivated by the desire to show the beauty in the ordinary Zoe uses a documentary approach in her photography and videography. She loved to tell the story of the people she photographs in images and words.

1. What makes you passionate about helping Zaporuka?

Everybody has dreams. But if your child has cancer you have only one dream. That is for treatment and recovery. We live in a world where research and hard work has meant that many illnesses can now be treated and children suffering can recover or at least suffer less. However, this is not the case everywhere. Can you imagine knowing that the medication and treatment for your child exists but that it is not available to them? Me neither. That is why I am passionate about helping them.

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

Organisations like Zaporuka rely on donations and volunteers.  They need to tell the world what they are doing to continue to receive donations and attract new donors and volunteers.

We live in a world where we are bombarded with information. People flick through social media posts and barely take the time to read the titles of news items let alone the content. A photograph can convey a message, an emotion. It can tell a story in seconds. It is hard not to care about some one when you can clearly see their eyes. I can create photographs which show the work Zaporuka is doing day in, day out. I can show people the children and families the organisation is helping. Real people, real lives. These images can be used to increase awareness of the work they do and the support they need.

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

I would like to say "thank you”. No contribution is too small. Sharing my story, buying a print or booking a portrait session. Thank you for any and all support.

Support Bryan Watt & Leila Srour

Support Bryan Watt & Leila Srour

PWB had the chance to sit down with Bryan Watt & Leila Srour to discuss their upcoming trip to Guatemala.

The Project

Bryan Watt and Leila Srour MD, have been selected by Photographers Without Borders to document The Maya Health Alliance - Wuqu' Kawoq, www.mayahealth.org project. This project works to transform the health of Maya communities in Guatemala believing that everyone–no matter where they were born or what language they speak–should have the highest quality health care. The Maya Health Alliances work in Guatemala’s most impoverished communities, solving their pressing health care needs. They overcome barriers to health–uniting medicine, culture, and language. The Maya Health Alliance is recognized as a leader in the field of nutrition, one of the most significant aspects of child health in Guatemala. They help other organizations in Guatemala to implement their own nutrition programs and conduct nutrition research funded by other institutions. They also care for children with complex illnesses such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, seizure disorders, and cancer.


The Photographer

Over the years, my wife Leila and I have reported on many health-related organizations in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific, and on eleven projects in eight countries on the African Continent. Leila, a pediatrician (MD, FAAP, MPH, DTM&H), can evaluate and share from a medical perspective while I document through photography. Each visit has provided us with local knowledge, ways of doing things, creative solutions, contact information, and inspiration that we are able to share with other projects.

We look forward to this opportunity to help the Maya Health Alliance. They are dedicated to helping the underserved indigenous community by providing access to medical care in their language. We hope to share, contribute, and learn as we have done with rural health projects and indigenous communities elsewhere. Hopefully, the Maya Health Alliance will benefit from our knowledge and professional photographs to convey understanding and produce compassionate empathy as part of their donor relations strategy to generate increased philanthropic support.


Bryan Watt Biography

After teaching at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, my full-time goal for the previous 16 years has been to help those in need. I can’t do it myself, but I’m able to assist the organizations that are helping them. I can contribute with photographs that create a sense of purpose and cohesiveness, raise credibility, and share accomplishments and successes with donors. My photos focus on the feelings of people who are in need, create emotional empathy and make it harder not to help them.

Since 2004, we helped those less fortunate by moving to a small village in the Lao PDR, building a school building, selecting and supporting scholarship students, assisting patients to access medical care locally, nationally, internationally, and sometimes attending funeral ceremonies. We provide ongoing support to this community.

Bryan and his wife Leila Srour, a pediatrician have been living in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) from 2002 to 2013. Now they are always on the road with no home base.


Leila Srour Biography

Leila Srour is a pediatrician and an international volunteer, supporting pediatric training in developing countries. This year, she is working in Laos and Bhutan. Last year, she volunteered in Cambodia, Nepal, Laos, and Bhutan.

From 2002-2013, Leila volunteered with Health Frontiers supporting the training of Lao pediatricians and the continuing medical education of the graduates. With her husband, Bryan, they supported the Butterfly Children’s Development Center, an after-school program in their village in Luang Namtha, northern Laos.

Leila completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London, 2002. She graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University in 2001. Leila worked as a general pediatrician in Santa Barbara 1984-2001. She is a Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles pediatric residency 1983 graduate. She graduated from Loma Linda medical school in 1978.


Donor Incentive

Bryan will send you a one-time use lab coupon good for a free custom photographic print from this trip to Guatemala to donors contributing USD 200 or more. You may select from a selection of images once the project is completed and order through www.bryanwatt.com . Prints will ship unsigned directly from the lab with nominal shipping not included. When donating, please leave a note in the comment box with your name and email.

Leila and I have already paid for our trip costs through this website and need no further funding. However, you are welcome to contribute knowing that your donations will be allocated 50/50 between Photographers Without Borders and the Maya Health Foundation in Guatemala. Both are 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations in the USA.

Website & Blog

www.bryanwatt.com

Social Media

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/humanitarianphotographer

INSTAGRAM: @bryan.watt


Support Andrea Sarcos & Ashley Lombardo

Support Andrea Sarcos & Ashley Lombardo

ANDREA SARCOS

PWB had the chance to sit down to discuss Andrea’s upcoming trip to Nepal.

Andrea Sarcos was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a dual bachelors degree in Journalism and Creative Photography. She works as a full-time multimedia storyteller and has spent the past few years traveling around the globe learning about different peoples and cultures. She is passionate about continuing on this journey and expanding her efforts to help those in need.

About the Photographer

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. At the young age of four, my mother packed up a suitcase full of my favorite Barbie dolls and clothes and we flew to the United States. Florida became our home.

When my parents decided to move to another country to give me a better future, I was too young to know how big of a decision they had made. But looking back now, I am forever grateful to them because of all the amazing opportunities I’ve had while living in the U.S. I’ve had the resources to help me realize my full potential, and now I’m ready to give back to others.

I am passionate about helping Firefly Children’s Home and Prisoner’s Assistance’s children’s homes because they exist to educate and nurture Nepali children to reach their full potential. These kids are able to have a chance to live a good life despite their circumstances.

I strongly believe we’re all connected. Through our shared planet, waters, air, hope and dreams. All children, regardless of race, ethnicity, social or economic background deserve to be raised in a nurturing environment.

I am positive that helping Firefly Children’s Home will have a positive ripple affect on their community, Nepal, and even the world. As a full-time photographer with a dual bachelors degree in journalism and creative photography, I will do my best to portray these organizations in an honest light. I love spending as much time as I can getting to know my subjects and their environment. I aim for those who view my photos to feel like they were actually there, to feel the energy and emotions of people who live on the other side of the globe. By amplifying the voices of those who are most vulnerable, we can gain humbling new perspectives and be the force for awareness, aid and change.

ASHLEY LOMBARDO

Ashley Carucci Lombardo is a freelance storyteller and creative strategist based in Los Angeles, CA. 

She's explored different styles of writing for more than a decade, working as a managing editor, content strategist and SEO/social media marketer. She earned a B.S. in journalism at the University of Florida, where she also studied cultural anthropology with a specific focus on gender, sexuality and identity. 

Ashley gravitates toward long-form, investigative and narrative storytelling. She's most proud of her work on a three-part feature series on the distinction between sex work and human trafficking, published in an independent publication in the American south. 

She spent every summer photographing people at home and abroad, developing a passion for documentary photography. It led to the creation of two personal portrait projects: Ahimsa Stories and Spirits of Sounds. In 2016, she worked as a contracted photographer in India, Thailand and Vietnam for three months. She shot street photography and photos of non-governmental organizations like Children International and Sarnelli House

Throughout the years, she's explored various mediums. Ashley has worked hard to cultivate an eye for good stories and a voice that's brave enough to tell them. When she's not creating, she's deepening her yoga practice or gettin' down to funky music.

1. What makes you passionate about helping Firefly Children's Home and Prisoner's Assistance (www.panepal.org)?

How can we create a society where our children are able to live with dignity? Is it possible to reintegrate families affected by the criminal justice system?  What’s the key to making sure a child grows up with a real chance at life?

For 19 years, Firefly Children's Home and Prisoner's Assistance has been dedicated to answering these questions. Firefly Children’s Home and Prisoner’s Assistance is an organization with many purposes. FCH,  the children’s arm of the organization, cares for Nepalese village children whose parents are incarcerated, deceased or too poor to feed them. PA Nepal, on the other end, works to understand and create structural changes in the Nepalese justice system.
It’s the holistic approach that makes the organization so unique, and that’s why I’m drawn to supporting their work. Firefly Children's Home and Prisoner's Assistance sustains families at every stage of their journey, providing education and care while simultaneously protecting children from the traumas of prison.

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

Photography is powerful. Its presence influenced human rights campaigns around the globe, garnering funding, inspiring activists and forcing regulatory change.
Some may divert their attention from complex human rights issues, but it doesn’t reduce the reality of the situation. Photography invites us to gaze deeply into the truth. When we’ve pulled away from an image, something about our understanding has changed.
Firefly Children’s Home and Prisoner’s Assistance advocates for the basic rights of the prisoners and their families. Through photography, we begin to comprehend situational and environmental constraints perpetuating human rights issues. And hopefully, we learn how to improve them.
Hundreds of children have been supported by the organization. Though it may seem small, we’re here to show the magnitude of the impact in each child’s lives.

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

I spent a month traveling throughout India, and I regularly came into contact with children who lived without nurture, education or stability. The spent each day with palms extended, made to beg from tourists in the streets. I wondered how this would affect their psychology, their worldview and their sense of self.
I have seen firsthand the lives of children who do not have support. It’s unspeakable. That’s why our work with Photographers Without Borders is meaningful. It fills a necessary gap, giving myself and other changemakers the ability to do the difficult but necessary work.
Storytelling is a vehicle for connection, and if well-executed, change. As journalism undergoes an immense transition, we begin to restructure how we fund storytelling projects and productions. Photographers Without Borders is making that possible.

Support John Peltier

Support John Peltier

I’m an Air Force combat veteran and pilot by trade.  I served for ten years, which included two deployments to Afghanistan.  Towards the end of that ten years I realized that I needed a different pace in my life, so in 2012 I bought a 27-foot sailboat and sailed from North Carolina to the Caribbean. I was telling the story of the adventure through photography, which has interested me since high school.  This was a life-changing experience, and one that I still continue on a part-time basis.

During the journey I accidentally stumbled upon a small island off the coast of Haiti.  I was introduced to an NGO that has been helping them improve educational and nutritional programs on their island.  At that time I only considered myself a landscape photographer, but the experience in Haiti really brought about a passion for documentary photography and working with NGOs.  I'm still involved with this group today, in addition to a number of other conservation and humanitarian groups.

I call Lake Tahoe home and enjoy all of the year-round activities offered in this mountain paradise.  These include backpacking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, sailing, and kayaking. I also volunteer on two search and rescue teams when I'm not traveling.

1. What makes you passionate about helping X-SUBA Sport4Development Uganda?

I owe a lot of my own opportunities & success to the sports programs that my parents got me into when I was young.  I was very active in soccer (or football, for the rest of the world), cross-country running, golf, and track & field.  Each of these activities contributed different elements to my growth. All of them taught me about teamwork, responsibility, goal-setting, physical fitness, and mindfulness.  I made some great friends and was an overall better person thanks to these programs.

Now it's my turn to be a part of providing the same opportunities to other children.  Programs like X-SUBA are especially important in underprivileged communities, where alternative activities can be crippling to their potential.  Everyone deserves chances like this, but not everyone has access.

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

Photography is an incredibly powerful tool.  I've seen first-hand with other NGOs I've worked with how photography can help tell a story, demonstrate the NGO's potential, and spur others to support their mission.  I'm looking forward to being a part of their team for a couple of weeks. I can't wait to show the rest of the world what they're doing, the impact it's making in the lives of others, and their plans for the future.  Even just being there and showing the children that there is an outside interest in them will help inspire them.

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

Everyone can personally relate to a program like X-SUBA because we've all been touched by similar programs whether we realize it or not.  All of us have participated in some kind of organized activity, be it sports, arts, computers, etc., that has influenced who we are today.  We all owe our success, in one way or another, to a mentor or activity that taught us these necessary life skills. Invest in the future of the world and pay it forward.

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. 

Hi I’m Alex, a photographer & printmaker from Los Angeles! In December 2018, I will be documenting the work of the Chain Collaborative and the Now Africa Initiative in the Kanugu district of Uganda. The vision of this NGO is to create viable, sustainable and competitive economic development in rural Uganda. As a social enterprise, this agricultural organization plans to play a catalytic role in building a sustainable, modern, rural-based economy linked to education, tourism, value chain processing and marketing in agriculture, specifically coffee and soybeans.

As someone who recently graduated with a degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Antioch University, I have a passion for companies who adopt a social enterprise into their business model. I hope by documenting these two NGOs and their affect on the rural Ugandan community I will be able to spread the benefit of adopting a social cause and encourage more companies to make a difference with their role in our world.

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 Maria Paula (Ukraine)

Support Maria Paula (Ukraine)

What makes you passionate about helping TERGO (tergo.org.ua)? 

I find the work that Tergo does amazing. To educate people and society about the LGBT community and movement is the best way to create new opportunities for them to be integrated. I think we all deserve the same opportunities to work, to live, to be happy. A lot of people reject or don´t approve people who are “different”, who don´t fit in a stablished way of being approved by society. And most of the times it´s because of ignorance about the subject, maybe if people knew a little bit more about the innumerable attributes those people have, all the suffering they have been through to be accepted, and they could discover that there is a human being that is fighting to win a place in this world, their perception would be different. I think we all have a very different and unique story, and we all have our own struggle and we can be more humans if we could try to understand the person next to us instead of judging her. So, I think the work of this NGO is very serious and brave and it makes me more than happy to be able to help. 

 

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

Photography tells a lot about people, about a society, a country, about their traditions and their personal life. A portrait is a reflection of the soul of the person, it a very good way to describe their feelings. Photography can be a very useful way to help them to be understood, to show the work the NGO is doing to help them. So people can take interest, not only in helping them, but also in approaching them to participate in their activities, to get involved  and be part of the community. 

  

What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

This subject concerns us all. We all have a close friend, a member of our family or even ourselves that belong to the LGBT community. We all have our personal preferences in everything and we deserve the same opportunities as everybody. All together we can learn a lot of this project to apply it to our life. By helping me going to this trip we are helping this NGO creating new opportunities, opening new ways for people not just to be accepted but to open their mind and their hearts to different preferences in life. Together we can help a lot and learn a lot about this to bring it to our social circle and family for more peaceful cexisting. 

You can follow my day a day trip and work through my Instagram @maripomartini and also check the past projects on my website www.maripomartini.net 

Maria’s Bio

Moved by social labor, something I love since I was a little girl, I founded an association named Anima-Ars (www.anima-ars.org) with two friends. We are a group of young people from different working and social areas who work with different artistic sources to encourage people in vulnerable situations, discrimination or disadvantage, to provide them a way to express their problematics and be able to rebuild their path and be reinserted in the social life promoting human development. We have done workshops with girls rescued from human trafficking and sexual slavery, kids with congenital heart disease, and abandoned old people.  

I was born and raised in Mexico City, a huge, polluted, and very crowded city. I studied literature and did my social service with the head of the Botanical Garden, a biologist specialized in cacti, that taught me his love for nature. Attracted by the idea of mixing art and nature, I developed a special interest in science diffusion that drove me to discover a talent in storytelling, to transmit knowledge in a comprehensive way. 

Concurrently, in order to escape a little bit of the stressful life of the city, I found a way to connect with my inner self by climbing mountains and diving deep in the sea. Those two worlds are my passion now a day. All of this drew me closer to photography, land and aerial drone photography, a way to discover the world and discover myself by creating a visual diary. I didn’t just found a way to express my place in this chaotic world and to show what my heart sees, but also to loud the voice and the needs of the people who, by their vulnerable momentary situations, can´t talk by themselves. 

Support Maria Paula (Armenia)

Support Maria Paula (Armenia)

What makes you passionate about helping Society Without Violence (http://www.swv.am)

I am a very proactive about gender equality education to promote women and girls empowerment and live in a society where the rights of all people can be the same. I grew up and live in a very violent country because of the drug dealing problem, where a lot of women disappear, in a very patriarchal society where the “machos” are always the head of the family and women are left behind. I think it is a subject that concerns us all as a worldwide society and there is a lot to do about it.  

 

 

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

The first thing to solve a problem is to see it, to identify it, understand it, and then find the solution to it. I think the best way to show the world what is happening to create consciousness, is through visual images, so we can do something about it. 

Last year I went to India with PWB to work with a foundation named Sambahli Trust and after the work I did with them, I sent the photographs to Mexico and could find a sponsor for the scholarship of 6 girls for 5 years. This work was published on the PWB printed magazine nº 10. 

  

What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

Thanks to all the support of people like you, I was able to do a trip to Malawi last summer to work with an NGO named Drug Fight Malawi and I learnt so much about everything: the NGO, the people I met, the society, the culture, the country, etc. I opened my heart to those people and those people opened their heart to me. Lots of people from Mexico helped the communities, we did a campaign to buy clothes and jackets for the kids in the villages to be warm during the cold winter and it was very successful. You can see it on my website (www.maripomartini.net) and also on my Instagram account @maripomartini 

Every donation counts. Your help can make a difference for people who needs it. 

Thank you for helping.

Maria’s Bio

Moved by social labor, something I love since I was a little girl, I founded an association named Anima-Ars (www.anima-ars.org) with two friends. We are a group of young people from different working and social areas who work with different artistic sources to encourage people in vulnerable situations, discrimination or disadvantage, to provide them a way to express their problematics and be able to rebuild their path and be reinserted in the social life promoting human development. We have done workshops with girls rescued from human trafficking and sexual slavery, kids with congenital heart disease, and abandoned old people.  

I was born and raised in Mexico City, a huge, polluted, and very crowded city. I studied literature and did my social service with the head of the Botanical Garden, a biologist specialized in cacti, that taught me his love for nature. Attracted by the idea of mixing art and nature, I developed a special interest in science diffusion that drove me to discover a talent in storytelling, to transmit knowledge in a comprehensive way. 

Concurrently, in order to escape a little bit of the stressful life of the city, I found a way to connect with my inner self by climbing mountains and diving deep in the sea. Those two worlds are my passion now a day. All of this drew me closer to photography, land and aerial drone photography, a way to discover the world and discover myself by creating a visual diary. I didn’t just found a way to express my place in this chaotic world and to show what my heart sees, but also to loud the voice and the needs of the people who, by their vulnerable momentary situations, can´t talk by themselves. 

Support Preston Slaughter

Support Preston Slaughter

We had a chance to chat with Preston about her upcoming journey.

Preston is a professional world traveler and a passionate story teller. She loves to tell stories, whether it be through her lens, on screen or on paper. Her childhood years were spent growing up in Hong Kong and after studying motion pictures and English literature at University of Miami, she returned to Asia to spend two years teaching English in Thailand. With a background in filmmaking and production, in Thailand she truly discovered her love for still photography and decided to travel the world with her camera in hand. She loves exploring new cultures, connecting with new people and lives for those raw, unedited experiences. Preston loves to shoot instinctively, spontaneously and in the moment. She currently lives in Denver, working as a photographer, a yoga teacher, and a substitute teacher in the charter school system.


What makes you passionate about helping the organization?

As a full-time photographer, a part time teacher, and an active traveler, I fully understand the importance of an open and safe space for children to fully experience their childhood. I currently work in the Charter school system here in Denver, and after traveling to different areas and different schools throughout the city, I have become acutely aware of the drastic impact a student’s environment can have on their learning capacity. Sometimes, simply looking forward to their time at recess or on the playground is a child’s main motivation to learn. In countries like Uganda, where this is not an expectation, but merely an idea or even a dream, I recognize the drastic improvements that the addition of even one playground could make in many childrens’ lives.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference?

I believe a successful image should open up a dialogue. A strong image should make one question, “who, what, where and why?” I aim to tell a story through my photography. My style is vibrant and attention-grabbing. I believe I can make a difference through the stories that my photos tell. The mission of East African Playgrounds is to “provide play facilities and play training for communities, helping children to gain the most out of their childhood.” My goal is to spread this message; to tell a child, a worker, or a town’s specific story. Ultimately, I hope to document the successes of this non-profit in an effort to evoke emotion through imagery. 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

The message I would like to send my supporters is to follow your dreams. A playground is a blank canvas for children to express themselves. By having a playground accessible to them, East African children will hopefully be able to extend their imagination above and beyond the precincts of their specific town or city. By going on assignment to Uganda, I am following my lifelong dream of being a photojournalist, while simultaneously bringing attention and awareness to this amazing organization. 

Support Leonard Wiens

Support Leonard Wiens

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 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.