January 26th 2012, from my usual table at Shaika Cafe where the idea came alive…to April 26th, going over the details of my first mission.
Rain shine, snow, rich, poor, with everything or nothing, I am on my way, with my heart, soul, cameras and willpower. What more does one need.
I made a commitment to all these children, and I will help them!
I have an amazing team of friends and volunteers around me, they work, call, support and believe in this as much as I do.
I have to say thank you all, I know that my passion sometimes make it tough to work with me. Thank you for your patience.
My daughter has been amazing in encouraging me and wants to be part of it as well with her photo and video abilities.
We have doors open in many countries, and great people that are involved in helping us.
We have received cameras, money and sold quite a few prints.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the ones that have contributed to the project.
We have had some great press coverage and there is more coming.
Of course a little help from some sponsors would be great, considering the thousands and thousands of dollars I have spent on their equipment during my career.
All we are asking for is some point and shoot cameras for the kids to use. Trust me, not only they will use them, but they will do it proudly and and the results will be impressive.
A couple of plane tickets would be great as well.
I have no issue in throwing in my money in this project to help the kids, and I am doing it.
It’s about humanism, creativity, photography, life, art therapy and mostly remind these children that the whole world can see their photographs and will help them in changing for the better.
I am amazed at life’s irony sometimes.
It turns out that it was easier for me to make $5 to $15 000 per day shooting dreams fabricated by ad agencies than it is to get $5 to help overcome the sad reality that surrounds so many children in this world. A chaos created by greed, injustice, lack of education and mostly poverty. They did not ask for this.
It is all our duty to do something and create a change, as small as it can be, but a change.
Saving one child is sure worth a 4 day hike in the mountains of South America or a 6 day journey in Sub Saharan Africa.
In three months, we have founded our project, generated thousands of visitors from every corner of the world to our site, we are growing little by little and the first photographs by the children will be up very soon.
I am calling on all activists, volunteers, fund raisers, photographers, journalists, corporations, to call, email, post, speak to people you know to get more cameras and one or two plane tickets.
A buck or two to the One Dollar campaign will go a long way as well.
We also need volunteers to help us with our social networking, and others with NGO experience.
We are still looking actively for a photographer based in Cameroon.
I will keep you updated of our progress!
Thanks to all the friends and supporters!!!
Thanks on behalf of the children!
We are on our way!