It is all because of you.
Yes, you! You believed! You understand that raising the necessary funds to create a photovoice project is not an easy, nor straight-line process. Our Kenyan project has seen its share of setbacks but we, which includes wonderful you, never gave up.
We are so happy to share the news that we have received additional funding from the Firland Foundation to move the Nakuru, Kenya photovoice project forward! We couldn't have even dreamt about partnering with Firland if it had not been for your trust and confidence over the years.
I had the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our Kenyan partners from KANCO last week. One of KANCO's representatives, Evaline Kibuchi, was in the Seattle area for talks with another global health organization. It seemed fitting that we spent 3 days exploring the mountains of the Olympic National Forest together. As we hiked up a steep mountain trail for hours wondering if we would ever reach our destination, we encouraged each other to keep going. Eventually, we made it to a beautiful lake (see attached picture). The effort was worth it! A perfect metaphor for the next stage of the Nakuru photovoice project! Keep climbing, keep supporting one another, and the destination will be a success.
I am really looking forward to updating you on the progress of the project and most importantly, the stories and photos from participants. Their sharing will open our eyes to the realities of TB in Nakuru, while at the same time provide their communities with a new level of TB education and awareness.
Thank you so much for your continued support, and we cannot wait to share TB Photovoice's next journey with you!
I hope you are doing well and that the new year is starting out with good health and balance in your life.
Believing you can help make a change in the world is one of the most empowering feelings. TB Photovoice has been living off this feeling since 2006! We know we can help give a voice to people impacted by TB so that they in turn can educate their communities about the challenges and assets they have to eliminate this disease. We know that our strategies for doing this work are innovative and result in transformed individuals, families and communities. We believe.
The new year has been a busy one as we create a TB photovoice project in the city of Nakuru with our Kenyan partners at KANCO. They have been working to lay the framework for this project by selecting advisory members who will help to promote the project once the participants have taken all of their pictures and written their stories. Our facilitator Alice has been speaking with persons impacted by TB who have shown an interest in participating, providing them information about how their involvement will help inform others about TB.
Our February goal is to raise $1,000 to ensure all of the costs of the project are secure. If all of our GlobalGiving donors reached out today with a donation of $50, we would be well on our way to implementing the newest TB Photovoice project! We believe you can help us make a difference!
We now have a great magazine for you that you can share with your friends! Our new TB Photovoice online magazine will keep you up to date with all of our successes and plans for the future.
Thank you for believing in TB Photovoice. Sincerely, Teresa Rugg
"I am proud of the progress we are making to ensure that Nakuru Tb photovoice kicks off in 2015. I also thank KANCO for the great effort and support they have offered so far and I am hopeful that we will work together and achieve the desired objectives."
Alice, TB Photovoice- Nakuru, Kenya Facilitator
Dear TB Photovoice Friends,
We did it! We have signed an agreement with KANCO, based in Nairobi, Kenya to move forward with the TB Photovoice group in the city of Nakuru! Alice Opiyo, our Nakuru facilitator has been graciously volunteering her time to recruit and contact participants who expressed in interest in the TB Photovoice two years ago. We are determined to launch this project at the start of 2015 with you help. The excitement is palpable and the urgency for leveraging the funds to implement this project is real!
The total cost of the Nakuru TB project is $5,000, one of the most affordable, efficiently run, community based projects around! Our ultimate goal is to secure full funding by the end of December. You and your connections can make this happen! Spread the word to your network of friends that TB Photovoice is on the cusp of something big !
We set an October goal of raising $1,000 and we reached this milestone, thanks to donations both big and small from our TB Photovoice family. We have set a November goal of raising $2,000 and you can help to chip away to this obtainable vision.
If all of our GlobalGiving donors reached out today with a donation of $50, we would be well on our way to implementing the newest TB Photovoice project! We are grateful to receive a donation that you know is right for you.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement,
" I am very grateful for the effort you are making to make sure that the Nakuru TB Photovoice group rolls out successfully. l really appreciate your organization's endurance and persistence. I am still in contact with participants that l identified and believe things will work out."
Alice, TB Photovoice- Nakuru, Kenya Facilitator
Dear TB Photovoice friends,
Best intentions can take persistence and time. In late 2011, TB Photovoice trained TB health care workers to implement a TB Photovoice group in Nakuru, Kenya. They were so enthusiastic and motivated, and their facilitator, Alice, eagerly sought out potential participants in the Nakuru community. Yet, the matching funds from a partner organization never materialized. We have been advising and supporting Nakuru as they searched for new funding sources. They have the knowledge and heart to see this project through. What they are lacking are the material resources to truly make it happen.
TB Photovoice has some strong leads with an NGO in Kenya that could oversee the implementation of the Nakuru project. If we can show that there is funding available for their success, Alice can get this long awaited project in motion. This would allow persons impacted by TB in Nakuru the opportunity to be supported and to help the overall community understand the realities of TB.
You can help! We are highly motivated to see that Nakuru thrives. You can help our efforts by contributing to our campaign at a level that works best for you.
If all of our GlobalGiving donors reached out today with a donation of $50, we would be well on our way to implementing the newest TB Photovoice project! You can make it happen!
"I am so glad that I made that phone call to the TB Voices Project. It has totally changed the part that my TB experience played in my life. I no longer feel the stigma that I associated with my TB experience. It had always been a part of my life from which I tried to disassociate myself. It was so ingrained in me to not speak of it, to forget it, and go on with my life. But now, I can embrace it and complete that part of my life. Thank you, again." Jeannette, TB Voices Project participant
These are the words of Jeannette, a TB Voices participant in Washington state. Jeannette was confined to a TB sanatorium in Seattle from the time she was 6 years of age until she was 10. That was 67 years ago and never, even to those most close to her, had she spoken of her experience. The TB Voices Project, managed by TB Photovoice, gave her the platform and assistance to tell her truth.
During the last year, we have been honored to hear stories like Jeannette's and over 25 other persons who have been impacted by TB in Washington State. Through the TB Voices Project, we have created a new TB Voices Project website ; produced a 13-minute inspiring and educational video ; created a traveling TB Voices exhibition; and reached out to the local community to increase TB knowledge and compassion for those impacted by TB. You can also find weekly conversations on our TB Voices Project Facebook page .
Until the end of 2014, we will be presenting the successes of our TB Voices Project at conferences across the country, including Atlanta and Washington, DC. We will be sharing how to replicate this project, scaling it based upon the resources available in a given community, and encourage TB health care workers and policy makers to continue to support and provide resources for innovative projects that allow the true voices of persons impacted by TB to rise to the top.
We encourage you to continue to support TB Photovoice. It takes financial resources to conduct the level of outreach we are committed to accomplishing throughout the country.
If all of our GlobalGiving donors reached out today with a donation of $10, our TB Voices exhibition transportation costs would be covered for the summer months and we could free up our time to connect and share more TB stories.
Thank you for considering to take these expenses off our plate!
Thank you for your support and encouragement!
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