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THE SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
THESSALONIKI REFUGEE CAMP
Raising Humanity. Empowering Women.
Eight young women - faced with the traumas of exile, coming from Afghanistan, Iran and Kurdistan, and currently living in Diavata refugee camp, Greece - discover the art of photography thanks to the educational training programs run by the Non Governmental Organizations Una Mano Per Un Sorriso- For Children and Quick Response Team.
Refugees camps are generally static places where youth are denied many of the joys of a normal life and are forced to accept this with few ways of expressing how they feel. Convinced that art and education can help overcome struggles, reduce stress, and anxiety, the School of Photography established in Diavata is a tool to empower young refugees, enable them to express themselves, and enhance their self-esteem.
Beyond its initial purpose, the training of these eight young women results in remarkable and powerful visual works. They have learned a new language, a visual one, that gives them a voice, awareness, and pride. Their voice is not only their own, but they also give a voice to those who may not be able to speak for themselves. Their voices travel around the world, informing and inspiring us to take action. Photography is not only about catching beauty, it is about creating beauty and luring a sense of awareness.
The net proceeds from the sale the photos will be donated to the Diavata School of Photography to enable them to continue their vital educational training program. If you wish to make a direct donation to Una Mano Per Un Sorriso For Children, you can find more information at the following website:
Impacting the lives of hundreds of children and their communities.
CIAMO, Centre International d'Art et de Musique, is transforming the lives of hundreds of children in Benin, West Africa, through culture and music programs as part of their weekly class schedule and after-school programs, including dance, theater, photography, computer skills, and English language classes. Recent results from the Ministry of Primary Education in Benin show that the students from CIAMO had the best performance among 957 primary schools during the school year of 2018-2019. CIAMO is a testimonial of how arts change young lives, accelerate brain development, creativity, foster talent, and promote a higher level of thinking. CIAMO also plays a role in the fight against malaria and covid19 through mass awareness campaigns. By choosing to dedicate your purchase to CIAMO, you will be helping make an impact in Benin society and change the lives of thousands of children. To find out more information about the so vital work of CIAMO or make a direct donation, please visit their website:
GIRLS ON THE RUN-DC
Empowering girls in 3rd-8th grade, the next generation of leaders.
Girls on the Run-DC inspires girls across DC and Prince George's County to become healthy, joyful, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Through Girls on the Run-DC, girls learn critical life and leadership skills that stick with them for years to come such as positive conflict resolution and healthy coping mechanisms.
Girls on the Run-DC believes in the limitless potential of each girl we serve and focuses on strengths and abilities rather than risks or challenges. Our goal is for ALL girls to be able to participate in Girls on the Run, regardless of her family's financial status. Your purchase today supports the GOTR-DC Scholarship Program, a key way that we accomplish our goal of accessibility and inclusivity.
If you wish to make a donation to Girls on the Run-DC or volunteer, you can find more information at the following website:
ALMA EN MOVIMIENTO
Education should be a right not a privilege.
Alma en Movimiento is a training scholarship program for 18-to 26-year-old dancers, which the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogota, Colombia, actively supports and maintains. This program offers simultaneous training in contemporary technique, classical ballet, and other dance styles to expand the technical and artistic versatility of its students.
The project is a response to the need to support the training and visibility of young dancers and to create a space that allows for the development of Colombian artistic expression.
By choosing to dedicate your purchase to Alma en Movimiento, you will be helping to create a professional Colombian dance company comprising the best and most talented of Colombia’s youth.
You can find more information on the project at the following website:
CALVARY WOMEN’S SERVICES
Ending homelessness. Inspiring hope. Transforming lives.
Your purchase today will help to change the lives of homeless women in Washington, DC, who are working to overcome their present situation. Calvary Women’s Services provides day-to-day support to these women such as providing a safe place to sleep, mental health services, healthy meals, and educational activities.
Moreover, this organization’s mission is to empower these women to achieve their goal of eventually becoming financially independent and moving into their own home.
If you wish to make a direct donation to Calvary Women’s Services, you can find more information at the following website:
Refugees want parity, not charity.
Since the Syrian civil war officially began on March 15, 2011, the Syrian refugee crisis has become the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time.
Hummustown is a crowdfunding organization that was founded in Rome in 2017. Its main goal is facilitating the integration of Syrian refugees in Italy and empowering them to acquire a dignified life-sustaining income by capitalizing on their delicious Syrian culinary tradition.
By choosing to dedicate your purchase to Hummustown, you will be helping to fund raise the setup and running of its own professional kitchen, office space, meeting room, and front-of-house reception for direct orders of Syrian cuisine.
To find out more information about Hummustown and to make a direct donation, please visit their website:
Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory
Supporting access to music as a source of integration and a gateway to employment.
Founded in 2007, The Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory (KJC) is the only music institution in Nepal dedicated to learning Western classical and contemporary music. In 2017, KJC established a 2-year Diploma Course to provide aspiring musicians with an education that supports and empowers the local music scene. This course also prepares students to be eligible for admission to bachelor's level studies in Europe and the U.S., which will eventually contribute to creating a more vibrant and dynamic local music scene.
We believe that ensuring access to music education is needed now more than ever, especially in Nepal where the vast majority of resources are not available even to the wealthiest population and the Covid-19 crisis is likely to continue having great economic and social consequences. With so many students struggling financially, KJC’s main goal is to allow them to complete their music education.
By choosing to donate to KJC, you will be helping Nepali students to complete their Diploma Course and enable them to pursue a professional career in music.
If you wish to make a direct donation to KJC, you can find more information at the following website:
SIMONE X SOFIA
A little funding goes a long way.
Simone was a brilliant and generous Italian gentleman who died tragically in a car accident earlier this year, at the age of 38. Simone’s family has founded Simone x Sofia to help others as well as to keep Simone’s generosity alive.
Sofia is a little girl living in Sicily, Italy, who has recently experienced the painful loss of her single and proud mother Antonella, who worked with great dignity until the last moment of her life. By choosing to dedicate your purchase to Sofia, you will be contributing to giving her the opportunity of going to school, having a decent life, and building her own future.
If you wish to make a direct donation to Simone x Sofia, you can find more information at the following website: