Hello TB Photovoice family,
I wanted to share with you the progress of the Kenyan TB Photovoice project since I am sure you are excited to hear how things are shaping up since our training in September. Our partners at TB ACTION Group are truly making great efforts to implement the project. So far, the group facilitator Alice Opiyo has recruited 12 participants, each of whom have personal experiences with TB and HIV. They have chosen to conduct two groups, 6 participants in each, with a great mix of men and women, as well as age groups represented. TB ACTION Group is also working on building their Advisory Committee so that they can share their images and stories with a broad representation of their community. We are so impressed by their commitment and dedication to this project.
We are equally impressed with your commitment and dedication to TB Photovoice. Next week on October 19, you will have the opportunity to stay involved with TB Photovoice by supporting us through the GlobalGiving Bonus Day. GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! There is $100,000 available in matching funds starting at 12:01 am EDT. Simply go to TB Photovoice and GlobalGiving to help make a difference.
We truly could not have provided the TB ACTION Group the essential photovoice training without your support throughout the past year so we know you understand how important sustainable funding is to TB Photovoice. Thank you so much for your support and action.
It has been one week since I returned from Nairobi where I trained 4 TB ACTION Group staff members in the methodology and implementation of TB Photovoice. During our 4 day training I witnessed their transformation as they took photos in their community and shared them with the group a deep, personal level. These photos and the stories behind why they took these pictures truly illustrated how they perceive their community and their hopes for TB prevention and treatment. The trainees began to see the power behind documenting their own feelings and perceptions, which they will faciliate with two groups in Nakuru. Their creativity in their photos, the metaphors they shared were profound. The power to move into action was palpable! I know they are ready to encourage the Nakuru groups to find their voices and share their perspectives.
Last year at this time, training a new group in Kenya was a lofty goal for our small but determined TB Photovoice organization. Thanks to your support and encouragement, the Kenyan group is trained and ready to take the steps necessary to amplify the voices of persons impacted by tuberculosis. We are looking forward to sharing their progress with you as well as setting our sights creating new sites, while supporting our existing partners.
Thank you for being part of our TB Photovoice family.
Dear TB Photovoice supporters,
We are so happy to share the news that we are moving forward with a new TB photovoice group in Kenya. Working with our partners, Nairobi based TB Action Group, we are working out the logistics for training and implementation. They are so enthusiastic and motivated to utilize the concept of photovoice within the Nakuru community, which is the provincial capital of Kenya's Rift Valley province. TB Action Group has an established group of persons affected by TB which is tremendously helpful to their recruitment process and will allow them to move quickly to learning about the power that their stories and photos can bring to them personal and within their community. The lessons that TB Photovoice has learned through their other sites in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, South Africa, the Philippines, and the United States is proving to be invaluable as we tailor the implementation of photovoice in Kenya.
Our new, improved website is on the verge of being launched and we are looking forward to sharing our experiences and successes with you. You are part of an amazing organization that is creatively addressing the root causes of poverty and we greatly appreciate your support and involvement.