This masterclass photography and storytelling workshop is for those interested in working with a women's empowerment organization. In these masterclasses, photographers are able to get firsthand experiencing documenting lives and stories that are intended to create tangible change. We will be partnering with a leading organization in Jodhpur India to make this dream trip come to life. The organization is dedicated to promoting unity, independent and self-esteem among Indian women, diminishing notions of class and caste, and eradicating violence against women. Proceeds go to providing women and children with education to promote a sustainable livelihood.
Participants will come away with beautiful additions to their portfolios, a PWB certificate and a chance to be featured in the PWB Magazine.
International award winning photographer and founder of Photographers without Borders Danielle Da Silva to teach an exciting and intense 14 day workshop. This workshop will take participants into the Blue City of Jodhpur to team up with a local NGO recognized by the United Nations and for its achievements in empowering local women. All profits from the workshop go directly into a fund to purchase sewing machines for women. Learn advanced techniques from leaders in the industry and bring your photography and voice to a completely new level.
Danielle Da Silva is the Founder of PWB and is an avid traveller, photographer, and director. She has been on the TEDx stage and has also been published in various places such as National Geographic and Huffington Post. Danielle is also on the board of the Dandelion Initiative, a coalition of women advocating for sexual assault survivors. Danielle is a mentor, coach, reiki and supporter of women on their journeys in business, life, and dealing with trauma.
Sophie Otiende is a feminist, teacher and survivor advocate of human trafficking. She works for HAART (Raising Awareness Against Human Trafficking) Kenya, which is the only counter-trafficking organization in Kenya. She is responsible for coordination and setting up support systems for survivors of trafficking. She has developed manuals and written extensively on protection of survivors. She is passionate about women specifically survivors and the power of storytelling in ensuring their healing and empowerment.
Sophie will be joining as a guest lecturer on this incredible journey to impart her knowledge, expertise and experience with regards to ethical storytelling in partnership with vulnerable populations. PWB is so grateful to have her along on this journey!
Fly into Jodhpur where you will be greeted at the airport by one of our staff. During your stay in Jodhpur you will be staying at a charming, traditional Indian guesthouse where you will feel at home surrounded by sounds, smells and beauty of India as the warm staff of Sambhali Trust take you in as one of their own. Meet your fellow travellers at the beautiful villa after and have dinner together to taste some local Indian cuisine!
Take a tour of Jodhpur! Get to know the Blue City where Sambhali Trust operates. We'll take you to the famous Clock Tower market and show you the Sambhali Boutique, located centrally between the market and the beautiful fort that guards the city.
For the next few days we will split into groups and visit the various centres and programs of the organization. Visit the boarding home for girls, empowerment centres, and get to know some of the incredible women and girls that make up the organization. Develop relationships, tell stories and amplify voices.
Travel to the charming desert village of Setrawa where we will spend two nights at the original home of Sambhali's founder Govind. Here they have built beautiful desert "cabins" that will serve as our temporary homes, and we will be hosted by Govind's aunts and uncles. You will have a chance to visit Sambhali's desert project that serves women and girls in more isolated circumstances and have the chance to see and document beauty like you have never seen before.
Travel to Pushkar and get to know the Holy City, visit the Holy Lake, and experience one of the world's most unique and historic treasures during the Pushkar Camel Fair! We will be staying right by the Holy Lake at a historic hotel, central to everything you need to see in this mystical city. This will truly be a unique lifetime experience full of colours, chaos and of course...camels!
Presentations! Putting together everything you have learned, we will learn how to give a captivating presentation and tell your story so that you can continue to be an advocate for Sambhali Trust and women's empowerment after you leave India. We will give our presentations to the Sambhali staff so that they get a taste of what we have been up to.
Time to say, "See you later!" as our staff take you back to the airport for your flight home.
Ready to go to India?