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Hurricane Sandy

This has been a weird day, from a powerful earthquake 48 hours ago in my province BC in Canada, to Hurricane Sandy that has affected friends from Haiti to NYC I feel in awe of nature.  It is strangely unsettling to think that we really have no choice in matters like these, other than to find a way to endure it and deal with it. 

I have just donated to my friends in Haiti at SOIL who are undergoing a huge crisis to help after the hurricane, there are so many people that are still living under tarps after the 2010 earthquake.  SOIL are an amazing organization that focus on sanitation, one of the biggest issues in Haiti, and they do amazing work.  I personally also know so many that are enduring extreme personal challenges in all sorts of ways right now. 

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SOIL, an organiztion in Haiti that focus on Sanitation, a huge issue that is magnified after a hurricane

Cameras4Change is about to embark on one of our most important projects to date, our trip to Kenya to run 2 workshops, one with Heshima Kenya, and the other with The Maasai Girls Education Fund.  While there we are travelling with a few amazing friends.  Our girl Sol Garcia from Project X Impact, and a very special team member for this trip, Shannon Kohli, a camera operator and director of photography.  Shannon will be filming for us as we begin the process of documenting a very special group of girls participating in our workshops.  We want to highlight the role of art in development, this will be an amazing opportunity and we feel so lucky to have Shannon working with us!

We as an organization have also been involved in our Final Push to Kenya Campaign, and the resonse has been wonderful.  We are so touched by the action of so many of our friends and supporters.  We have just reached the 2K mark and it has been an incredible response, fueled by many different folks from all around the world!  I love that people have responded into action, it means that you connect with what we are doing, it means we are all on the right track and we are all part of this together!

When there is so much going on, when the world is such a crazy place, I feel more than ever that it is important to do what we feel we must.  That is why our team here at Cameras4Change keeps on.  Our incredible team is all volunteer, and we are accomplishing some major amazing things, I am proud of us!!  

This time next month we will be finishing off our second workshop, I can only imagine what the experience will have been like, and what the participants will experience.  I can’t wait to put the cameras into the hands of these girls and see what they do with them.  I know it will be awe inspiring all over again!

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Working in Kenya with girls affected by early Child Marriage and Female Circumsision (FGM)

More of The RRHOSM! (The “Real” Real Housewives of San Miguel)

This is the 3rd instalment which is also being published in Spanish!  You can read Part I and Part II

Part III – Eusebia Santana Gutierrez – Doing it for herself!

Eusebia is a true renaissance woman living in the San Miguel valley.  A single mom that recently moved to the area, she couldn’t afford to buy a home, so she built her own. Sitting on the corner with an amazing view and flanked by a variety of plants and flowers which she uses in her kitchen!  Her little home on the corner welcomes local residents every weekend when she sets up a stand that has the community returning for the delicious taste of her homemade “Pozoles”.

This was not always the case, Eusebia was previously a housecleaner, but long commutes to and from work left her with virtually no life of her own.  Her day began by traveling out at 5 am and not arriving home until 9pm at night.  When you meet Eusebia, the vibrancy and her love of life emanates, you can see why she wanted a different quality of life.  Eusebia loves the San Miguel valley and can not imagine living anywhere else.  Life has vastly improved in so many other ways since the decision came to work from home for herself, including the addition of a cistern and rainwater harvesting system from Isla Urbana (of course she dug the cistern herself!) plus, a solar paneled heating wall on the side of her home implemented by the students from UNAM, a university in DF.

It was a  delight to spend time with Eusebia, a walking textbook with knowledge of all of the local plants, used for cooking, headaches, and other medicinal uses!  She gifted us with Epazote for our frijoles negros, and gathered an assortmant of other fragrant herbs to use for a relaxing bath!  Spending time with Eusebia was like being with an old friend showing us her home and community in a unique way.  Gracias amiga!

1.  Eusebia

2&3  Eusebia’s home with an abundant kitchen garden

4.  The view from her front door down the valley

5.  Solar Panels on the side of her home installed by UNAM students help to keep her warm

6.  On a walk Eusebia naturally gathered a variety of plants, describing their uses to us

7.  Adios!

Final Push to Kenya!

We are Kenyan Bound this November!  Our funding drive last April helped to set the stage for Cameras4Change to run a digital photo workshop in Kenya as designated by our goal.  Since then things have changed and we are realizing our goal and then some!  We are linking forces with our friend Sol Garcia of Project X Impact and booked to go and run programs with not 1 but 2 great ground partners: The Maasai Girls Education Fund and Heshima Kenya!  This doubles the opportunity, cause and effect.  We need a little extra oomph in the budget and we are asking you, our supporters to partner with us.  Any donation amount is fantastic and will go directly towards the hard cost components in the workshop.  As we are volunteer based, there are many people that have gladly put in long hours to get this up and running, we feel that we have a huge team of well wishers behind us, and people that would love to do more but lives do not allow, this is a way to be a part of something that will make a difference.  We appreciate all of your help and support!

$25 – A camera card (x20) – or 2 journals and pens for the girls (x20)

$50 – 100 photo printing pak for the printer (x4)

$100 – Digitial Point and Shoot Camera to be left behind with the ground partners (x20)

$125 – Canon Selphy Printer with 100 yr archival prints (x2)

Click here or below on our new interactive pdf with a paypal button, & links to our Facebook and Twitter

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Big Thanks to Squeeze Creative for help with this!!

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