Hello, and thank you all for subscribing to my blog. I have been very busy the past few weeks preparing for this trip to Bangladesh, and now I have been here a few days with little to no internet. Tonight I’m at a hotel with wifi, so I wanted to take advantage of it and share with you what I’m doing as well as post a few photos for you to enjoy.
As many of you know, I started a nonprofit, Star Shooter: phototherapy for kids, in 2008; and my focus to help children continues to increase with a target on those that have been or are at risk of human trafficking. I have visions of bringing therapeutic photography workshops to children that have been trafficked or sexually abused, as a form of therapy and an expressive tool for healing. In my research, I came across an incredible cause and organization of women, for women and children, to bring awareness to those oppressed. This organization, Freedom Climb, is composed of a group of women who climbed Mt. Kilmanjaro to bring awareness and raise funds for women and children around the world that have been or are at risk of human trafficking, as well as those that have suffered some kind of oppression. I am traveling now with a small group of women, including the founder and visionary of the Freedom Climb, to visit the projects here in Bangladesh in which are being funded by the support raised from their climb in Africa. Projects such as children’s sports programs in schools, elementary schools and literacy classes in villages and sewing/tailoring and computer classes to provide women with a trade. In just a few days, I have visited over ten different amazing projects that are empowering women and children that have been or at risk of slavery in some way. Not only am I documenting the progress of these projects with my camera to create awareness for this cause, but this trip serves as research and preparation for what Star Shooter can do with the children in such programs, that are all over the world.
I am simply overjoyed and honored to be apart of making an impact in the lives of our next generation internationally. I simply love to get my feet dirty, drip sweat, almost die in crazy maniac traffic, eat rice with my hands and have a constant curiosity of my camera being stolen from me as I walk through villages where “white people” have never walked… ; )
Enjoy a few photos below from my past three days here in Bangladesh; and if you would like to find out how you can support me in this ongoing project for children, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.