What an amazing project!! Starfish Productions teamed up with the staff of Tumaini to do something that has never been done before in Eldoret. We started with a group of street children and youth who had never even held a camera and, after 6 weeks of training, had a group of enthusiastic photographers ready to get to work. These amazing individuals spent the next 6 weeks using their disposable cameras on the streets to capture important moments of their lives as well as participating in focus groups to identify problems and solutions to improve Tumaini operations. At the end of the project, each artist selected one picture that told a story they felt was very important for others to know about street life in Eldoret. On September 8th, 2012 an exhibition was hosted at Tumaini to display the art work as well as give the community an opportunity to meet these amazing individuals. Each art piece was up for auction with all proceeds going towards the education and skills training of the street children and youth of Eldoret. The exhibition was a success! It was an honour to be present when the artists arrived in the morning of the exhibit and first saw their work displayed on the wall. The happiness and pride beaming from each of them was inspiring. Over 100 community members came out to show their support. The artists were present and gave tours of the exhibit to visitors as well as were available to answer questions about their lives. At the end of the day, the exhibition raised over 1 400 USD along with heightened community awareness and connections. Activities inspired by this exhibition include community members donating food to Tumaini on different occasions, school fees being donated for one street youth (who is now attending grade 7!!) and financial contributions from multiple sources.The art work is also currently being used to write a photo essay for an international journal. Lastly, the methods used throughout this project are being written up and will be submitted to a scientific peer-reviewed journal so others can utilize the power of photography to give a voice to others. We would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who donated funds and/or their expertise to making this project happen. You are AMAZING and have helped make a difference in the lives of some really amazing individuals. We want to a say a special thank you to the research staff and Tumaini staff whose constant efforts along with their personal commitment to helping these children and youth made this project a success. Below is a short video that captures some of the magic of the exhibition. Enjoy!
(thank you Colin for capturing the event so perfectly)
If you are interested in learning more about Tumaini Children’s Drop-In Center and/or want to donate money to help the street children and youth, please visit Tumaini’s Website.
If you want to see the national news story that featured this exhibit, you can see it here.
Click here to see what we have been up to in 2013.
We will be hosting an exhibition to showcase the amazing work of these photographers in Toronto as soon as possible. We are currently working hard with some fantastic people and organizations to make this happen. We will keep you posted as we confirm details. Thank you for your continued support. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates!