Here’s a project that I’m incredibly proud to be working on. I originally touched on this a while ago, and I’m happy to say that things are moving forward very quickly. Here’s the story…
We brought 25 disposable film cameras down to an orphanage in East Africa and gave them to the children. We left for a week and came back to pick up the cameras, process the film and give the children their prints… they were incredibly excited and happy to have photos of them and their friends. This was something that they had never done before!
Back here in Vancouver, we’re creating a fundraising art exhibition to not only share their story, but to raise funding for the orphanage to build property improvements, like dorm rooms and bathrooms, install a solar panel system, and send children to school by providing uniforms, supplies, and tuition. Our long term goals are to establish strategies for continued support that will last for years to come.
The project is called “Inocent, etc.” named after one of the children (yes, Inocent with one ‘n’).
If you ‘d like to purchase tickets to our event, you can find those here: inocent.eventbrite.ca/
If you can’t make it, but would like to support the children of the orphanage, you can donate here.
We’re planning to raise between $12,000 – $24,000 and we’re working with Rotary Club District 5050 to match our fundraising efforts.
One of the more interesting aspects of our project is what we’re calling “reverse postcards”, and they will feature some of the photographs created by the children. Participants at our gallery opening event will be able to purchase the postcards and write a message on the back in support of the children and the orphanage. We will then send the postcards to Tanzania. Of course, all proceeds will be donated back to the orphanage.
Here are the event details:
When? June 7th, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Where? 2075 Alberta St, Vancouver, Canada
Tickets? $25, $35 at the door.
We look forward to seeing you at our event! Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.