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Support Raquel da Silva

Support Raquel da Silva

Q1. Short Bio

I am an independent Design Director and Photographer based in London. I grew
up in Portugal where I studied music from 1997 to 2010 and by 2004, I was convinced I would be a photojournalist, before ending up taking a degree in Visual Communication. In 2010, I moved to London and graduated with a Masters in Graphic Branding & Identity from the London College of Communication. I began working as a designer and photographer in 2011 and since then, have been helping brands create their own story over images, graphics and emotional story-telling. Both my photographic and graphic work has been industry recognised and awarded.


Q2. What makes you passionate about helping Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan

“Approximately, 27933 cases of "violence against women" are registered every year in police stations of the state Rajasthan, India. The average daily statistics are quite horrifying; 40 complaints of “violence against women”, 10 cases of rape, and 3 dowry-death cases every 48 hours are registered in Rajasthan police stations.” The Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan
Sansthan (RSKS India) Even though I have been portraying some sort of story through a certain lens, I don’t feel I have been telling the right story. So I have reached Photographers without Borders and now feel humbled to have been given the opportunity to further open my eyes and be part of what PWB and The Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan (RSKS India) NGO are doing for the marginalised communities. These are stories of utmost importance, the ones that should really matter, as they are the most urgent.
I would like to stand by my subjects and document their cause, shedding light
on the horrors they are facing. By journalling their lives, I hope we can create a movement to fight against the oppressive system they operate within and regain some of their rights.
People in India are disproportionately affected by poverty, descrimination,
illiteracy, social evils. We need to raise awareness to these issues and help them find the strength to fight for their rights and entitlements. Most child marriages in India involve prostitution, sex slaves and rape, all of which come from a place of constant vulnerability and uneducated people and conforming ideas that have been going on for generations. I want to amplify their voices and show them how they can amplify them too. It is important to fight against this patriarchal system and give back with an open heart, compassion and mindfulness.


Q3. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
I am a story-teller by heart, and a firm believer that the right image and message
can change lives. In the digital age, we are bombarded with thousands of messages and images on a daily basis which make us feel like we are connecting with others. The truth is that we are not, and we are not telling the right stories. Images tell stories – Afghan Girl, the famous National Geographic image, became an emblem of a refugee crisis – and focussed the world’s attention. These are the stories which need to be told.


Q4. What message would you like to send to your supporters?
When helping RSKS India, you are helping thousands of women, men and children from deprived and marginalised communities. All contributions (no matter how small) will help sustain the multiple empowerment projects being implemented in the areas, such as fighting violence against women and poverty, access to education and health services, and finding ways to secure a sustainable living, which in turn will help build back up the confidence and lives of many.For any donation above $100 dollars, I would like to send you my warmest and honest thank you, together with a 30x40 cm print of your choice from my photographic portfolio. I would just ask you to leave an email so I can contact you back.

Website: https://designbyraquel.co.uk

Support Sally Thomson

Support Sally Thomson

Q1. What makes you passionate about helping Misión Gaia?

I didn’t start out seeking a career in photography. I started out as a landscape architect, with an interest in sustainable design.  Along the way I became involved with a small NGO working to protect the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and its culture. What I discovered was a small group of dedicated and committed people whose efforts, working hand and hand with local communities, had a profound impact on the region – for the better. It was a story that I believe needed to be told, so began my interest in making images, as a way to show what was happening in this and other significant corners of the world.

I am particularly honored to help tell the story of Misión Gaia through photography.  Their mission is not unlike that of the group I worked with in the Amazon – to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and increase the well-being of communities in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Columbia. Considered the tallest coastal range in the world, and a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is valued for its variety of ecosystems, high number of endemic species, rich biodiversity, and hydrological resources.  It is also home, and sacred land to four indigenous groups. The area has been off limits for many years during Columbia’s long civil war. Peace has brought new opportunities for exploration, and with it the challenges of development. For the past 8 years Misión Gaia has been working diligently to protect one of the world’s most significant places by providing environmental education and strategies to reduce the impact of development, and unsustainable tourism.


Q2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

 I have pursued making photographs for many years, initially as a tool for documenting design, later on as a way to understand the world and its potential for creating awareness about contemporary issues. In this instance, I believe photography provides a real opportunity to help connect people with their natural heritage and explore the important links between communities and natural ecosystems. My intent is to create compelling imagery for Misión Gaia in a way that is engaging, communicates a story of hope, and helps inspire local as well as global communities to care about the choices they make about their environments.


Q3.  What message would you like to send to your supporters?

 From my point of view, everything on this planet is connected.

That promoting sustainable communities helps increase or at least maintain biodiversity which underpins life as we know it - the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Its loss puts the earth’s natural assets at risk along with our own health and livelihoods. That supporting grassroots organizations like Misión Gaia, and others like it around the world, are small steps that can make an impact both locally and globally.

Support Tad Philipp

Support Tad Philipp

Q1. What makes you passionate about helping WomenWeave?

I love that WomenWeave empowers women in central India and also helps them to maintain a craft that is important to India’s cultural heritage. From my perspective as the son, husband and father of strong and independent-minded women, I appreciate how important empowered women are to their families and to their communities.

This will be my second trip to India, and I truly enjoyed my prior experience with Indian people and culture. I am honored to be invited to WomenWeave as part of the PWB program to create images that will help share their inspiring story.


Q2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?

Photographic images have the power to help others understand a story in a deep and nuanced way, in many cases inspiring a call to action. By creating images that are authentic, respectful and and impactful I hope to enhance WomenWeave’s global donor outreach as well as help them sell their exquisite products.

For more about WomenWeave go to: WomenWeave.org For Tad’s photography portfolio go to: earthwindphoto.com


Q3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I am fortunate to have had a successful business career and will fully funding the program fee and expenses. Therefore, 100% of your donation will be shared equally between PWB and WomenWeave. You already know that NGO’s such as WomenWeave make a big difference in the communities they serve, and that a small donation goes a long way in developing economies. Please donate now to this wonderful and worthy organization.

Support Ken Kurzweil

Support Ken Kurzweil

BIO

I was born, raised and still live in the suburbs of New York City.  During a very rewarding 35-year career as a teacher of computer science and life sciences, I was also heavily involved in the New York State Teachers Union and a number of Social Justice/Civil & Human Rights issues.   In the Teachers Union, which represents over 600,00 members and over 1,200 local unions, I was chair of their Civil & Human Rights Committee for over 15 years.  I received the greatest honor of my life when in 2016 they created the annual “Ken Kurzweil Social Justice Recognition Award” which is awarded each year to local unions that support social justice causes throughout the year. 

After retiring from teaching, photography quickly rose to become a very important passion of mine.  Photography has brought me to places I never imagined I would travel and allowed me to get to know different cultures around the world.   I had been looking for ways to incorporate my commitment to social justice with my photography when I discovered Photographers Without Borders.  After participating in the PWB School program in Jodhpur, I felt that it was important for me to continue my work with PWB in one of their programs.

 

What makes you passionate about helping Turning Point (www.turningpoint.org.in)

Mental illness is a topic that is not understood by many people around the world.  When it strikes, it is often not accepted by the family and the victim is stigmatized and often does not receive any treatment.  The mentally ill become isolated and lose any confidence that they can be a part of normal society.

The Turning Point has a goal of rehabilitating mentally challenged people and through their many programs restoring them to mainstream life where they can become confident, self-dependent and productive individuals.

The work of Turning Pont is extremely important and information about their programs need to be seen by a larger audience. 


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

The stories about the programs and successes of Turning Point can be told in a very powerful way through photography.  A photograph can often explain in a very impactful way what words often cannot.   The power of the photograph can accomplish a great deal for Turning Point giving them resources that can be used for their publicity, fundraising and social media. 

It is my goal to give this important non-profit organization tools that they can use to better achieve their goals.


What message would you like to send your supporters?

While the problems of the world may often seem too overwhelming to deal with, I have learned that ground level organizations which help people one-at-a-time are life-changing and often life-saving.  The Turning Point is one such organization that helps people on a path of recovery and functionality from mental disabilities, often not understood or accepted in India.  I am very fortunate to be able to help this non-profit organization through my photography.

Support Samantha Moss

Support Samantha Moss

1. What makes you passionate about helping Alejo Community Support Project?

I admire NGOs like Alejo Community Support Project and the individuals who work for these grassroots initiatives. There are currently over 7 billion people in the world and it is easy to shrug responsibility and think 'Well, it doesn't really matter what I do or don't do...' But we are all at the center of a network.

You'll probably know at least 1,000 people over the course of your life. Those individuals will also probably know at least 1,000 people, which puts you 1 person away from a million. 2 people away from a billion. This is how we are connected.

The actions we take are like dropping a pebble in a pond. The ripples created by that action will expand and affect things in ways we can't really comprehend. It means the things that you do or don't do are far more important than you think. 

I am passionate about helping Alejo CSP because it is a meaningful cause, furthering sustainable development and generating real change in people's lives. 


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

Photography has an amazing capacity to capture (no pun intended) our attention and tell a story to the viewer in a way words cannot. 

Grassroots initiatives like Alejo make direct, meaningful impacts in communities and better the standard of living for countless individuals. It is my job, as a photographer, to shine a light on their work and to help tell their stories. There is no way of knowing who will see these photos and what in turn they might be inspired to do to further positive change. 

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

If you would like to support the work we do, please make a donation or get involved in any you are motivated to. 

For any donation above $100 I would like to send you a personal thank-you in the form of a print of your choice from my portfolio. 

Please make sure to leave your email so that I may contact you for a mailing address.

Support Matt Timmins

Support Matt Timmins

BIO

I am a freelance photographer with a background in photojournalism based out of Revelstoke, BC, Canada.

Most of my time at home is spent exploring mountains, forests and lakes by foot, snowboard or bike. When I’m not at home I am exploring new countries, putting myself out of my comfort zone to photograph the natural beauty of the world and immersing myself in new cultures.

1. What makes you passionate about helping Planet Drum Foundation (www.planetdrum.org)?

Becoming ecologically sustainable should be a goal for every city. The dedication and work that Planet Drum is doing in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador, to help the community build and maintain sustainable ways to meet human needs such as water, food, energy and resources is inspiring and something I want to be a part of first-hand. They are working to teach the community the benefits of bringing forests back to recovery, building nature reserves and providing education on how living sustainably can help them in the long-term. I want to immerse myself in this project to both be able to help this eco-city and Planet Drum, and also to be able to come home with valuable experience of what it means to live in a sustainable city and use bioregional principals.

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

Part of Planet Drum’s efforts involve workshops, school presentations and community education. Besides bringing the community out to workshops for hands-on demonstrations, a large part of helping people get an idea of what Planet Drum is doing is through visuals. Through photos and video, I can help show the importance of the work this NGO is doing.

As well, the NGO would not be able to function without volunteers and interns. Using visuals to help paint a picture of Planet Drum is doing will help recruit volunteers, supporters and raise global awareness.

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

I invite you to follow along as I document Planet Drum’s work and the community of Bahía de Caráquez this June in Ecuador. You’ll be able to see updates on my own social media, as well as through Photographers Without Borders. Everyone can benefit from taking more steps to urban sustainably, and I’m excited to share and learn new initiatives with you. The project would not be possible without volunteers and donations from the past 15 years, and new projects and work is not possible without continued support. If you are able, I ask for your support as I head to Ecuador this June. No donation is too small.

Thank you.

Support Leya Russell

Support Leya Russell

BIO

Hi, I’m Leya!

Inspired to feel a deeper connection with the world, I am driven to actively create. Establishing a professional photography business in Calgary, Alberta, while continuing to build on my Fine Art practice, makes me grateful for the opportunity to bring together communities through visual storytelling.

An explorer at heart, I have travelled extensively throughout my life, always eager for what is yet to come. Southeast Asia, being dearest to my heart, has made me realize that no matter your background, we are all family with knowledge to share and compassion to give. I find a great sense of humility in travelling and am continually filled with a sense of wonder and awe at the ever-changing surroundings. Using the lens as my tool to piece together diverse elements, I find photography to be a potent medium for building a bridge between cultures.

What makes you passionate about supporting CDD?
I am specifically interested in Bangladesh as it is situated in a unique geographic and economic position. Affected by rising sea levels as a result of climate change, Bangladesh is facing environmental disaster, encompassing large areas of inhabited land being affected.

These environmental and economic conditions severely impact the disabled communities, who are most at risk. CDD raises awareness of the problems facing Bangladesh and provides viable solutions. They focus on providing strategic emergency evacuation planning, help the disabled to find employment and provide access to goods and services. Photography can be a valuable tool in sharing these stories. It can motivate people to act and provide much-needed assistance. I strongly support the work of CDD and believe their efforts result in tangible and positive change.


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

After returning from my first journey to India, my photography became a powerful tool of communication. The images provided a profound perspective, that words alone could not achieve. Through these images, people gained a better understanding of foreign cultures. I believe that photography connects on a beautiful, emotional level, that it can ignite a call to action. My professional photography skills will aid the CDD to tell a more complete story of the situation and achieve their goals of further benefiting society.


What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I am deeply committed to helping the CDD and the people of Bangladesh. Any support or donation that you make will be greatly appreciated and go a long way. Only together, can we make a significant change in the lives of the disabled in Bangladesh.

Support Lee Bartran (Cambodia)

Support Lee Bartran (Cambodia)

BIO

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

I am so excited to  have the opportunity to work alongside Damnok Toek in Cambodia and help them to share about the incredible work they are doing with vulnerable children.   Working with children has been an integral and important part of my personal and work life.  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.   

I have seen first hand the difference that can be made in a child’s life if they are given hope and opportunity.  Damnok Toek’s focus on street children, children with disabilities and trafficking victims is giving these children just that.  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 Lou Gilbert

Support Lou Gilbert

BIO

Framing the details of life through the lens has become Lou’s passion. She is an educator, book artist and travelling photographer, based in Brisbane.

With a preference for purposeful travel, Lou has volunteered as a photographer in South Africa; Northern Thailand, Argentina and most recently in Rajesthan in India. Telling the stories of people and organisations within the non-profit sector, where images can create meaningful change for good, helps her merge her love of humanitarian storytelling and seeing the world.  

While carefully made images are important to her, she has fun with her photography too and loves personal photo projects involving photo books and travel journals. Her photographic adventures have taken her from India to Iran, Uzbekistan to Iceland, Canada to Cuba, Patagonia to Peru, Singapore to Spain and many places in between.

1. What makes you passionate about helping SEED (www.seed.org.za)?

I like the idea of purposeful travel and photography. I value the role of education and learning, having spent my working life involved in this industry in Australia and overseas. Spending time with the Seed organisation will allow me to learn more about who they are, what they do and what impact their work has on the communities with which they engage. 

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

That's the first question I will ask them. I hope my photography can help SEED explain and promote their work, tell their stories in an ethical and authentic way and garner more support for their work in tangible ways that count.

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

Telling visual stories about good things people in non profit organisations are doing to educate and inspire youth from disadvantaged backgrounds is a worthwhile investment. 

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 Jon Lloyd

Support Jon Lloyd

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 SASANE in Nepal.  Our hope is to create moving photography and videography that will motivate more victims to come forward and to assist SASANE in educating the community, not just locally, but globally too.

We are inspired by SASANE, who are dedicated to providing opportunities for vulnerable girls and women.  I am especially interested in their paralegal program.  As a lawyer myself, I see the benefit in educating women about the law and empowering them to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.  SASANE is giving victims a fighting chance, one that they would not otherwise have.  SASANE provides victims with a soft place to land and hope for their future, through education, skills training, and counselling. They turn victims into advocates and champions for their own lives.

Human trafficking affects not only today’s generation of women, but many generations to come. NGO’s, like SASANE, who are spearheaded by survivors themselves, are a testament to the fact that girls/women have the power and tenacity to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of so many others. They can contribute. Their value to their communities can be boundless! We are honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to let others see that. 

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 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 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.