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.