The Introduction to Digital Media Storytelling Workshop at Columbia University School of Journalism in New York was so fantastic that I felt compelled to book in for the Advanced Multimedia Workshop. During this workshop, we worked on putting together a short (10 minute or under) video to tell a story. My project was a documentary of local non-profit organization, Sure We Can, based in Brooklyn, New York. Sure We Can is a redemption centre for canners around the city to bring their cans for recycling and to collect the deposit on bottles and cans. For many homeless people, and others, this is a full time job and how they make their living. This video tells a little about the lifestyle of canning, and documents the story of how this organization was successfully formed by the canners themselves.
Anna's powerful photographs have allowed GFI to emphasize the very human and individual aspects of the issues we work on. Her images stand alone as works of art, but they also highlight the realities of people living in poverty around the world. Aside from her artistry, Anna is delightful to work with -- she's always responsive, offers great insights and suggestions, and catches things we've missed.
Global Fairness Initiative, September 12, 2012.
Over the past month in Zanzibar, I have had the pleasure of getting to know an incredible American woman called Kathryn Sutton who is the director of Participate Now, a local non-profit organization. Kathryn is an amazing lady to talk with, from her history and story about how she ended up in Zanzibar, to the work that she has initiated with her NGO there. She works on grass roots development projects, only assisting those who want assistance, in a realistic and sustainable manner. Kathryn will only assist in a way that will actually be of benefit, and only where people are actively seeking assistance. Participate Now is a transparent organization, with all funds raised going directly to local projects. One of the projects that Participate Now supports is Welezo Old Age Home in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Welezo is a government funded old age home, run by three nuns; whilst there is some basic funding there from the government, Participate Now assists Welezo with additional funding to make life a little more comfortable for some of the residents.
To find out more about Welezo, or Participate Now, have a look at their website
Back in June I did some work with Oxfam America in Guatemala. There is an interesting new article “Mining a Grave Concern in Guatemala's Election” on the 'Policy Innovations' Website, that features one of the photos I took. The story is a very interesting read, about mining in Guatemala, with reference to the notorious Marlin Mine.