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Africa in December

January 14, 2011
Rwandan Street Child

Rwandan Street Child

The first four days I headed back to Mudzini Kwetu (One Home Many Hopes) where I spent time in March and April earlier in the year, and the rest of the time I spent in Rwanda working primarily with New Hope Homes, but taking an afternoon to collaborate a little with Hope For Life Ministries as well. The adventure all wrapped up with a four day stint in Brussels, Belgium when my flight home was rescheduled due to a lack of aircraft deicing fluid. Fun.

All airline shenanigans aside, It was a really great trip and I had to opportunity to meet and interact with some truly incredible people. The focus when visiting each home was the development of video collaterals for fundraising back here in the states. That said, I took a few still shots of many of the faces I came in contact with and a couple of the gorgeous Rwandan countryside as well.

I’m planning on doing a separate entry profiling each home in the near future to showcase some completed video work as well as a few stories time spent at each, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some of these stills I managed to pick up along the way. Take a look below (or after the break) and let me know what you think!

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OHMH | Be Unreasonable 2010 Video

September 8, 2010

Yep, here it is. Five months after staying at and working with orphanage Mudzini Kwetu in Kikambala, Kenya, One Home Many Hopes‘ (OHMH) fall drive to raise funding for building a school is about to begin, and with that comes the first fruits of the cinematographic labor of Graham Marley and myself. Thus, it’s with great excitement that I share the three and a half minute promotional video that will be one of the centerpieces of this year’s campaign. Take a look! (read more…)

One Home. Many Hopes.

May 26, 2010
Rehema

Education is key.

If you haven’t caught up thus far, I encourage you to read the three previous entries to this (The Masai and the Mara, Kenyan Life and Infrastructure, and The Girls of Mudzini Kwetu) for context.

Oh, you’re already caught up? Awesome. Then you know all about the work that the Kenyan orphanage, Mudzini Kwetu, is doing to combat the cycles of poverty that exist in Kenya today. This orphanage for girls houses thirty-four of the brightest, most beautiful young ladies and sees to the care and education of each and every one of them; filling their lives with love, support, a family structure, and the tools needed to transform Kenya for the better. (read more…)

The Girls of Mudzini Kwetu

May 11, 2010
Jamilla

J.

During my month in coastal Kenya, not only did I see much of the country, it’s breathtaking beauty, and it’s heartbreaking depravity, but I also was blessed to be able to stay at an orphanage called Mudzini Kwetu (meaning ‘Our Home’ in Swahili). Mudzini was founded ten years ago by a man named Anthony Mulongo who worked for International Justice Mission in Nairobi. He was a young guy in his twenties, but he had begun to understand the the extent of poverty within his country and the systems that perpetuated it. He was especially effected by what it did to children and seeing education as the means to end the cycle these families were in, began to pay the school feels for some children he knew. Not long after however, he became even more involved and took in a young six year old named Gift. (read more…)

Kenyan Life and Infrastucture

May 4, 2010
Village Children

Village Children

First off, sorry I didn’t follow up right away like I wanted to. Getting back into the swing of things has been more arduous than I thought it would be. That said, and without further ado, the life and infrastructure of Kenya…

From what I saw, it’s rough living in Kenya. There’s very little in terms of societal infrastructure that’s trustworthy, static, or reliable. While a standard of living that many of us would consider pretty basic can be found in the bustling urban areas, they’re usually sparse and really only reserved for the richest of the rich in the country.

For the rest of the tens of millions of residents, water is hard to come by, the average annual income barely breaks $1,000, electricity is unreliable (when available at all), waste management is a burning pile of trash on the side of the road, and the education system is really that in name only. It’s a tough life for most Kenyan families, having to choose if it’s preferable to pay for the uniforms and books for your kids potential education or to use that money to feed your family. More than often, they’re forced to side with daily survival. (read more…)

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