Last week, I read through the archieves of updates we have sent you through GlobalGiving since 2011. We have accomplished so much in the past 4 years and it is truly because of you. You share our vision, you are generous of heart and financial resources; you are part of our TB Photovoice family.
The Nakuru, Kenya TB Photovoice Project
Our 10 particiapants in the Nakuru TB Photovoice Project are in their second month of discovering their TB experience through the lens of a camera and by writing their own stories. We honor them for taking the time to explore their TB journey so that they can help others in their community, and push their leaders to end TB. They will be uncovering their own themes which they will share in March 2016, in time for World TB Day.
Together in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2015!
TB Photovoice has been invited to present their years of working with communities impacted by TB at the 46th World Conference on Lung Health in Cape Town, South Africa from December 2-6, 2015. The Nakuru TB Photovoice Project facilitator Alic Opiyo will be sharing their mid-project insights; Eva Moya, our extraordinary photovoice facilitator and evaluator, will share about the process and purpose of TB photovoice; Teresa will share about the TB Voices Project in Washington State; our partners from ACTION will stress the importance of advocacy in relation to community based approaches like TB Photovoice. A huge thank you to ACTION, the Firland Foundation, and the National TB Controller Association for completely funding this exciting trip and for their years of partnership.
The Unexpected Gift!
This month, TB Photovoice was chosen among 50 Seattle nonprofits to be part of Seattle GiveCamp. For 3 intense days, we had a team of 6 amazing website developers and graphic designers help us create a whole new website! We spent the previous month digging in deep to discover the purpose of our website. It became clear that we wanted our site to be a welcoming place for people impacted by TB to share their stories and engage in dialogue for support and solidarity. With a bit more editing, we believe this site will become a "go-to" site for anyone who needs TB support. For those who want to put their convictions into action, we will be able to direct them to our partners at RESULTS, Stop TB USA, and the National TB Controller Association.
Our TB Photovoice website can now directly accept donations. We greatly appreciate our years of partnership with GlobalGiving for helping us jumpstart our project in Kenya.
We hope you will continue your support of TB Photovoice on our website and even consider becoming a monthly donor!
Once a week, I am so fortunate to Skype with the Nakuru Kenya photovoice facilitator, Alice Opiyo. We usually start out our calls talking about our families, as we both can see the action taking place in our respected livingrooms! Her 9-year old son Essence often talks with my 13-year old son Casey, while our two crazy dogs show-off their playing skills in the background! These weekly conversations about the logistics of the program have been very helpful to the TB Photovoice team as Alice prepares to lead the first photovoice session in the next few weeks. There isn't much to report during this prep time since we are all waiting for the final pieces to be put into action. Alice has methodically communicated with the participants and they are all looking forward to the big day. I will send an update to you when this first meeting takes place.
On other fronts, TB Photovoice has been invited to share our successes at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health this coming December in Cape Town, South Africa. This would be a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our US based TB Voices Project and share about our current Nakuru, Kenya photovoice project. However, we are realistic that to send the necessary TB Photovoice staff and Kenyan partners, the cost is simply beyond our reach. Finding funding to attend such conferences is very challenging. We believe we have a lot to share with others working with those impacted by TB around the world and we love listening to our partners in TB.
Alice, Eva and I would love the opportunity to represent TB Photovoice and expand our reach! Join us as we do our best to shine in South Africa! We need to raise $8,000 by the end of September to make this opportunity a reality. But time is really, really, really short! If you have connections or organizations that could help us in this effort, please let us know!
Thank you all for your tremendous support!
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!