Saturday, 22 September 2012

Hope For Gishiri featured in Daily Trust

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The End of the Beginning; Completing Our Pilot Project

At the inception of HFG project, PhotoPower Nigeria set out to accomplish 3 main objectives:

·        Empower the children in the orphanage to use photography to tell their own stories and advocate for better living conditions.
·        Create awareness about the orphanage to the greater Abuja community and vice versa.
·        Generate revenue for academic material at the Melchizedek Academy in the orphanage

We have successfully achieved the first 2. Fortunately for the HFSO beneficiaries, a school in Abuja donated academic materials during the course of this project, taking care of the 3rd objective.
So we had a talk with the Caretaker of the orphanage and discussed what would be an alternative way to utilize the money raised from the auction that would be of long term benefit to the kids.
What we decided, was to purchase tools that would help the beneficiaries sustain and further improve their newly acquired skill set.  We were able to purchase 4 digital Cameras (2 Samsung, 1 Lumix and 1 Sony), 4 SD cards for the respective cameras and a photo printer (including printing paper of different sizes, ink etc.).
We hope that this equipment will give the kids an avenue to express themselves and to tell their own stories. Studio 24 has also graciously offered to give lessons and tutorials in editing and other photography topics we were unable to cover.

Chiviya & Queen bringing out the goodies.

Next generation of Photographers?

Showing them how to set up the photo printer.

Officially handing the equipment over to the kids.

Chiviya handing over to Joshua

Queen handing over to Ada

Ummi handing over to Esther

Joshua giving the vote of thanks

Oh behalf of the PhotoPower Nigeria core team and most especially the beneficiaries at HFSO, we would like to thank all of our volunteers; the photographers, individuals and groups that dedicated funds, services and valuable time to our cause and people that supported this initiative. Without you guys, none of this would have been possible. We express our deepest gratitude.

Thank you,
Core Team