Happy International Day for the Eradication of Poverty!
For those who may not know know, today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This day was first observed in 1987 in Paris, France, when over a hundred thousand people stood in solidarity as the words of the UN Declaration of Human Rights honouring the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger were carved into a commemorative stone. Since then, the 17th of October has be set aside as a day to raise awareness of and give a voice to those fighting poverty throughout the world.
At Penda, our motto is “creating positive change through photography”. While this can mean creating amazing photographic experiences on our photo tours, we do have another approach to fulfilling our mission as well. Our aligned nonprofit, the Penda Trust, also lives by this motto, but takes a directly socially-minded approach. We hope to create positive change in three ways, all which we hope will alleviate poverty in its own unique sphere.
We provide grass-roots nonprofits with professional photographs that they can use to raise awareness about their issues and fundraise for their causes. We recently achieved this with professional National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner, who visited NGOs such as the Homestead Projects for Street Children and donated his photographs back to the organisations. Additionally, at Penda we integrate this approach into our photo workshops by giving participants the chance to donate their own photographs to a database made available to nonprofits for their use.
Photos by Tyrone Turner at the Homestead Project.
We host photography workshops for talented individuals in underprivileged communities. Last July we contributed to such a photography workshop given by Ilizwi Photo Club for young Zambians. During the two-week programme, the participants were empowered to develop their own storytelling voice as well as a new marketable skill for a brighter future. A few weeks ago, Tyrone Turner also hosted a photography workshop, teaching programme facilitators of the Amy Biehl Foundation how to use lighting and angles to capture fantastic images using only a cell phone camera.
Photo by Patrick West at the Amy Biehl Foundation.
We highlight important issues by creating and exposing great photography. Check out our blog articles on different NGOs and social enterprises.
Photo by Tyrone Turner at the Fountain of Hope Project.
Photo by Patrick West at Mdzananda Animal Clinic.
Photo by Patrick West at Original T-Bag Designs.
Through these three approaches, the Penda Trust hopes to create positive change through photography. In this way we hope to do our part in honouring the theme of today: the eradication of poverty.
To contribute to our projects, learn more here.