Millions of People in Poverty Provided with Shoes

1 12 2010

In his book Saving the World at Work, Tim Sanders discusses the concept of the “Saver Soldier”. A Saver Soldier, according to Sanders, is “a highly motivated individual who leverages work as a platform to save the world”.

He gives several examples, among them the following story about a group of sales representatives from Timberland who had gathered in post-Katrina New Orleans for a sales conference. They went on a tour and performed some local community service. The story picks up from there:

At the end of the tour, the buses parked to allow the reps to get out and walk around the neighborhood. As they did, one rep noticed a makeshift community gathering spot constructed of tarps and rotted wood where a middle-aged man in a baseball cap was taking notes on a clipboard. The sales rep started a conversation with the man and soon discovered that he was a volunteer community organizer who had lived in the Ninth Ward pre-Katrina.

Moved by the moment, the rep asked the volunteer what the community center most needed.

“Shoes,” the volunteer replied, pointing to a chalkboard that listed shoes at the top of the Please Drop Off list. “Used ones, new ones–we need shoes.” He then explained that many of the community service volunteers were working in flip-flops and soleless  shoes in an area littered with rusty nails and splintered boards.

The Timberland employee immediately bent down, unlaced his boots, and handed them to the volunteer. He then walked barefoot back to the buses, where employees were loading up for the ride back to the hotel.

A coworker, who noticed the sales rep wasn’t wearing his boots, asked why. “That man there told me that they needed shoes,” the sales rep replied, pointing to the community center. “I gave him mine.”

The coworker stood up, left the bus, and gave the volunteer his shoes, too. The others watched, and acted: In the next ten minutes, the buses emptied out as all two hundred sales reps walked to the community center and donated their shoes or boots to the Ninth Ward, even though, for many of them, these Timberland boots were prized possessions.

The volunteer, overwhelmed, scrambled to keep pairs matched together, tucking laces into boots and organizing them by size. All he could muster was a repetitive “Thank you, thank you” to every Timberlander.

The trip back to the hotel was silent, as employees reflected on what they’d seen that day. A senior meeting planner later recalled, “It was the quietest twenty-minute bus ride I’ve ever been on.”

That first Saver Soldier experience began with the simple act of asking the question “what do you need?”. From the question came the answer, and the Saver opportunities were quick to drive to a different scale (from 1 pair of boots to 200 pairs) in as little as ten minutes.

The Saver Soldier mentality can do more than just add personal value to the Soldier and a few individual beneficiaries. It can also be an effective way to build brand equity in a company.

A related example is that of Toms Shoes. Toms recently gave away its one millionth pair of shoes to people living in poverty. In a recent NPR interview, founder and CEO Blake Mycoskie describes the philosophy of the company, and how it got its name. There is no Tom. Mycoskie explains:

Tom is a concept, not a person. It stands for shoes for tomorrow, because as the 34-year-old Texas native recalls, “We said for every pair of our shoes that’s purchased today, we’ll give away a pair tomorrow. It’s the tomorrow’s shoes project.”

Why shoes? Here are some reasons from the Toms Web site:

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

  • A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
  • Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
  • Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

 

OK, so sell a shoe, then give a shoe away. Sounds like a wonderful and noble idea. But, what if you’re a board member of Toms; how do you feel about the costs associated with giving away a million pairs of shoes? Well, that depends on how many shoes you would have sold had you not been giving away free shoes.

Toms Grey Flannel Men's Classics

I have to be honest; I’m certainly not the best judge of fashion, but there’s nothing I personally find particularly stylish or otherwise attractive about Toms shoes. It would not occur to me to walk by them in a department store and buy them. But, knowing that my $50 is going to provide someone deep in poverty acquire a pair of well-made shoes when otherwise they would have none? That’s a value proposition I can get behind.

And, of course, that’s exactly the point. Create commercial value in the company by way of creating value in the basic quality of life of people who need help. By buying a pair of Toms, each of us can be a Saver Soldier, and that can be a significant competitive differentiator. It provides Toms the ability to better compete, and sell lots more shoes. Win/win/win.

To get involved:

Saving the World at Work

Toms





Millions of People Surviving Cancer

28 11 2010

This post is a follow-up to a prior post. As those of you who know me will attest, LIVESTRONG is a big part of my life, so I’ll ask for your indulgence.

In January, I decided I was going to complete three of the four LIVESTRONG Challenge events around the country. Specifically, I would participate in the 100-mile cycling events in Seattle, San Jose, and Austin. I had done the San Jose event each of the last two years, which was natural since I was living there at the time and the course was familiar to me. My first-ever century was at a LIVESTRONG Ride for the Roses event in Austin in 2005.

In doing multiple events, I would try and raise $5,000, $2,000 more than last year. I was approached by my friend Hillary who was wanting to start a new team for the event in Austin in honor of Anna Basso, a 17-year-old high school junior from Plano, TX who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, one of the most insidious forms of bone cancer, Thanksgiving 2009. Later, after much prodding from good friends Gretchen and Carol from the BikeTown Africa Project, local Philadelphia-area residents, I added the Philadelphia ride to the list.

Four cities. 400 miles. Very little opportunity to train with all the work travel. OK, yes. I’m a little nuts.

[INSERT LOTS AND LOTS OF PEDALING HERE]

In looking back, the event that best summarizes the spirit of LIVESTRONG was the appreciation dinner on October 23. There was a very instructive background of how the foundation originated, led by John “College” Korioth. He spoke about how Lance brought together his friends and just wanted to “do something”. Yes, Lance has a larger-than-the-galaxy personality, but it wasn’t all that ambitious. They were thrilled to raise less than $25,000 in their first Ride for the Roses event in 1997, and well they should have been.

This year, Team Spokin’ for Anna alone raised more than $16,000, and we felt pretty good about it. Hillary and I had hoped to recruit 10 team members and raise $10,000, and across the four events we convinced 20 crazies to join us and met 160% of our goal. I was fortunate to have 70 individual donors contribute to my campaign alone. It’s a wonderful feeling to have that many people participate in such a worthy cause.

OK, now for some perspective. The LIVESTRONG Challenge event in Austin for 2010 raised more than $3.1 million. There were 26,000 donors, which is an average of about $120 per donation; $49 more than the $71 per donation than for my individual fundraising (which I was very satisfied with). For you finance types, going from $25,000 to $3.1 million in 12 years is 320% CAGR. And that’s just for the Austin event. It doesn’t include any of the other LIVESTRONG fundraising activities anywhere else in the world. Wow.

OK, that’s a remarkable statistic, but not the most remarkable one (to me). This year there were 5,900 participants in the Austin event. Of those, there where several hundred (I didn’t get the count) that were invited to the recognition dinner, each of whom raised $3,000. Now, here’s the most remarkable strength of this event: Team LIVESTRONG is a set of teams within a team. The winner of the team fundraising award, Team Fatty, raised $178,000 just for the Austin event. That’s after raising $144,000 at the Seattle event, $38,000 for the San Jose event, and $147,000 for the Philly event. That’s $329,000 for a single team. Please visit Fat Cyclist for more about Team Fatty and its founder, Elden Nelson, who started the team after his wife Susan, now tragically deceased, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The number from the title of this post, incidentally, is 28. 28 million people living with cancer. We should all want to manage it up (more people who are diagnosed become survivors) and also manage it down (fewer people who are diagnosed through prevention). Raising awareness about this number was the basis of the final day theatrics of Team RadioShack at this year’s Tour de France. Many people can say lots of things about Lance around the world, but to me personally his bullheadedness on this issue trumps it all.

OK then. In summary, I’ve decided three things:

  1. I am committed to being involved with this organization for the long term
  2. Four events was great. Five events will be better.
  3. Next year, I think I’ll train.

Some key shots from this year’s events:

Honor Wall at the LIVESTRONG Village in Seattle

Jersey names after LIVESTRONG San Jose

Start line for LIVESTRONG San Jose

Honor Wall at the LIVESTRONG Village in Austin

Recognition Dinner for the LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin

College, Doug, and Lance discuss LIVESTRONG beginnings

Patrick Dempsey, Doug, and Lance discuss the future

In case this is important to you, and it should be, the foundation reports that 81% of all donations go to beneficiaries, with 12% going to fundraising (read: reinvestment) and 7% to administration. Very respectable overhead for an organization that’s as active in the media as it is. Kudos to Doug Ulman and his team.

To get involved:

LIVESTRONG

American Cancer Society

Susan G. Komen Foundation (supporting breast cancer research)

Fat Cyclist





And, We’re Back…

27 11 2010

It’s been over a year now since I last posted to this blog, a fact that I’m not terribly proud of. Quite a lot has happened professionally and personally, but that’s not much of an excuse. So herein lies my re-commitment to this task, with hopes that future life distractions will be few and far between. At minimum I’m proud to say my principal personal goal for 2010 was achieved, at least as it pertains to charitable causes. More details about that in the next post.

If anything, the last year has reinforced to me that it’s not appropriate for me to be content in simply taking from the world. We’ve all been blessed with certain talents, and I believe it’s optimizing the application of those talents to the benefit of others that frames our individual purpose for being here. Sometimes, it’s not evident what those talents are, but there’s clearly a desire to help. Sometimes the talents are obvious, but how to best apply them to helping others is not so clear. So, we try stuff. We learn. Over time. Days, years, decades. The process is unique to each of us and takes its own sweet time.

That said, with effort, some luck, and a lot of love and support from special people along the way, I’m confident we can each discover what our distinct talents are and how to best put them to work in service of others. If we look for them in a way that’s genuine, the clarity will come. I’m still looking, but I think I’m getting closer. We’ll see how it ends up.

And so it begins again.





Thousands of Years of Life Expectancy Added

6 10 2009

During the week of September 20th I had the distinct honor of being a part of the BikeTown Africa project in Orange Farm, Soweto, South Africa. This project was originated by Bicycling Magazine editor Steve Madden in 2006, extending the BikeTown project he started in the U.S. in 2003. The project is a partnership with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Secure the Future program and Kona Bicycles. The mission of the program is to provide purpose-built, durable bicycles to health workers in countries most affected by HIV and AIDS, so those heath workers can expand the quality of care to patients by minimizing the transit time between care visits. Kona designed and manufactures the bikes to account for the specific conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, and Secure the Future coordinates with local relief organizations to determine how best to distribute the bicycles to the point of need.

Below is from my journal entry for Day 3. To me this experience sums up the value of this program.

In the last two days we’ve built 260 Kona AfricaBikes, largely due to the direct support of 30 local health workers from the community. These are the very health workers who will be receiving these bikes to use as transport to administer to their patients in their area. The formal handover ceremony is tomorrow.

To celebrate the completion of the build, we all went to a local shebeen (pub) and had some social time. For context, these workers live in some of the poorest sections in the township. None that I have been working with the last two days has been wearing clothing that’s been recently washed. They administer to people who they describe as being significantly worse off than themselves. While we were at the shebeen I had the opportunity to get a head start on my interviews with a couple of them, and learned something I think rather important.

Today, a health worker has 10-14 patients assigned. Each patient is infected with HIV, and many others with TB as well. The role of the health worker is to deliver medications, perform critical hygiene functions if necessary (depending on the stage of the illness), and track the administration of HIV and TB drugs.

In a typical day, they can see up to 5 patients, which means that even for the sickest patients they can at best visit them every 2-3 days. This is due to the extended travel distances on foot, which sometimes have to be extended due to the risk of traveling through some more dangerous areas on foot.

With a bicycle, however, they were confident they would be able to visit each patient at least once per day, and twice per day for the sickest patients. Obviously for a patient on a triple cocktail as well as an antibioitics course for TB, this is a critical enabling development because it allows them to personally administer the drugs at the proper times of day to their critical patients, something they can very rarely do today due to the basic logistics.

Each of these workers was thrilled to have access to the bike, not for the bike but because they were clearly and genuinly passionate about caring better for their patients. It was really an inspiring day.

Doing some simple math, conservatively these 260 bikes could add more than 10,000 years of life expectancy to patients in South Africa:

[260 bikes to workers] x

[12 patients per worker] x

[4 years of additional life expectancy per patient (due to daily care and medication oversight)] =

12,480 years!

Each of these bicycles has a landed cost of about $120 or so. That comes out to an investment of $2.50 per year in additional expectancy. Quite a worthwhile investment for any local economy.

The summary quote, however, came from Meshack, a health worker we worked with throughout the week:

“Our patients thank you. They may die, but thanks to you, they will die with dignity.”

Some videos of the program:

Day 1 Summary

Day 2 Summary

Gum Boot Dance

Day 3 Summary

Visit to Inkanyezi Community Center

Day 4, in 4 Parts

To get involved:

BikeTown Africa

Secure the Future

Kona BikeTown





Millions of Countrymen Brought Democracy

13 08 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi is a scholar and pro-democracy activist from Burma, also known as Myanmar. She is the leader of the non-violent political opposition to the military government that has been widely condemned for human rights violations and isolationist policies. She has been a pro-democracy advocate since 1988, and has made significant personal sacrifices in her life to fight for democracy in Myanmar. In 1990, the party she represented won a general election decisively, entitling her to assume the position of Prime Minister. The military government in turn nullified the results of the election to remain in power, which has been the state since then.

She has been living in Myanmar under house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years, as she is currently. She has worked extensively with the UN, and among many international awards to date is the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1991. From the Nobel Committee’s release:

“In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to honour this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means.”

In 1997, her husband of 25 years was diagnosed with prostate cancer, while they were living apart due to impedance from the Burmese government. The junta refused him a visa to enter the country, and instead encouraged Suu Kyi to leave. Knowing she would not be allowed to return to Burma, she refused to leave to join her husband. He died in 1999, having seen her only five times since her initial arrest ten years earlier.

The military government

The true nature of the regime Suu Kyi has been struggling against came into full sunlight in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in May of 2008. That storm, which reached Category 4 strength, was responsible for more than $10 billion in damage and more than 146,000 fatalities in Myanmar. There were widely-published reports of the junta keeping international aid workers out of affected areas by withholding or denying visas, and also reports of the regime keeping US and other foreign military vessels full of food aid off-shore for extended periods during the apex of the crisis. The generally-accepted rationale for keeping aid at bay and preventing foreign nationals from distributing that aid within Myanmar’s borders was that the junta insisted on distributing that aid to the afflicted only with their own resources, and without international assistance.

From the New York Times:

“French and U.S. naval ships carrying aid supplies waited just offshore for more than two weeks while the generals dithered. Finally, lacking permission to deliver the aid, the ships withdrew.”

Ultimately, 146,000 people died. People didn’t get food, water, medicine, or shelter in a timely manner because their government wasn’t able to take all the credit.

Further, Human Rights Watch noted in the aftermath that citizens were being forcibly evicted from public shelters, despite aid organizations such as UNICEF stating after on-the-ground inspections that even voluntary returns were premature.

“The forced evictions are part of government efforts to demonstrate that the emergency relief period is over and that the affected population is capable of rebuilding their lives without foreign assistance.”

In other words, the government was pushing their citizens into unstable conditions after a disaster to demonstrate that things were perfectly OK, despite expert indications to the contrary.

The military government’s resistance to criticism continued well after the disaster, just in other forms. Recently the New York Times noted that more than 150 dissidents in Myanmar had been given sentences of 2 to 65 years, including a local comedian who was sentenced to 45 years for speaking critically of the military government’s handling of the relief efforts after Nargis.

Recent developments

Earlier this year, while Suu Kyi remained under house arrest, an American chose to swim uninvited across the lake adjoining her home. When he arrived, he remained for two additional days under Suu Kyi’s care claiming he was exhausted and unable to return safely across the lake. He was arrested by government authorities when he did make the swim back.

Suu Kyi was charged with volating the terms of her house arrest, tried and sentenced after that to 3 years in prison. The trial was widely-criticized as being unjust and her sentence was quickly reduced to 18 month extended house arrest. The circumstances both under which she was charged and sentenced has been criticized by world leaders and thought leaders alike, including formal protest by Secretary of State Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban, French President Sarkozy, and others. That’s where the story is today.

Summary

Aung San Suu Kyi has endured in ways that many of us can only imagine in defense of democracy for her country. She has rightly earned the respect of the Burmese citizenship and the international community, which no doubt contributes to her being so threatening to the existing power structure. We can only hope that international pressure and insistence on human rights will ultimately clear the way for her efforts to be rewarded by a free and vibrant democracy in Myanmar.

To get involved…

Human Rights Watch

UNICEF





Millions of Citizens Better Informed

21 06 2009

This week I was catching up on a podcast that I like a lot: NPR’s On the Media. The topic from this particular segment from May 29 was the demise of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer print edition, and the impact on the availability of solid journalism in the Seattle area. As a former Seattle resident, I was a little sad. I got to thinking also about the events of this week in Iran, and how social media took such a prominent role in both getting the news out and keeping the established media accountable. In many ways it was a “revolution within a revolution”.

My first instinct when I hear of an institution like the P-I going under is to be disappointed, because I respect the profession of journalism in general, and I understand that it means that there are going to be a block of quality reporters from that newsroom out of work. These are people who by definition don’t do what they do for the money; they do it to keep us all better informed in a meaningful way, and do so using a professional filter that allows each of us to have a measure of confidence that what we’re reading is something we can believe.

This editorial professionalism is enormously important, and something we cannot lose sight of as traditional print journalism dies and transitions online. Going back to the On the Media segment, there was a good discussion about how these reporters have been replaced by “news gatherers”. Eli Sanders, quoted below, is a senior writer for The Stranger, an alt weekly in Seattle.

BOB GARFIELD: In general, how are the news gatherers doing at gathering the news that the reporters used to report?

ELI SANDERS: You can see them struggling to keep their heads above water, I think. If you go to the site today, you’ll see a lot of links to other news outlets in the region for basic stories, links to The Seattle Times, which is The P-I’s former archrival, which it would never have, in the past, wanted to credit on basics news of the city, links to the Tacoma News Tribune, which is a paper in the city south of Seattle.

So, they are trying valiantly, with a staff of 14 news gatherers, to cover the city in the way that their staff of 150-plus used to, but it’s an impossible task.

That’s a pretty depressing thought, that there would be human “news gatherers” replacing classicly-trained professional reporters. It’s especially true considering that my home page both on my PC’s browser and on my iPhone is Google News, which I have to believe does an immeasurably better job of “news gathering” than a person would, does it in real time, and does it for free.

The conversation transitions into how the gaps are being filled now that there isn’t a traditional news room. The conclusion is that social media is filling many of the gaps. In Seattle, it’s neighborhood blogs that are taking over the heavy lifting:

BOB GARFIELD: Now, I know your own weekly, The Stranger, has filled some of that vacuum. How else has it been filled?

ELI SANDERS: It’s been filled by community blogs, in some measure. West Seattle has West Seattle Blog. Ballard, which is a trendy neighborhood, has My Ballard. Capitol Hill has a number of blogs, including CapitalHillSeattle.com. Notable neighborhood blogs tend to be the wealthier ones.

But in the poorer neighborhoods you don’t have blogs that are as well known. They exist, and they certainly cover the poorer neighborhoods, but they are not as robust as the others.

Tracy Record, a journalist and the maintainer of the aforementioned West Seattle Blog, was asked by host Brooke Gladstone how the blog got started:

TRACY RECORD: It was one year after we started the site, in December of 2006, the whole area here was hit by a tremendous windstorm. And our neighborhood in particular suffered from outages, and it was very difficult, particularly in the citywide media, to find any West Seattle-specific information.

Some of the small readership we’d built up at the time started asking, do you guys know anything about what’s going on, can you find out any information? And so taking the skills that I had from more than a quarter century in journalism, we just kind of turned ourselves into a mobile news team and headed out.

The start of that particular blog, which has now replaced core subject areas of a defunct 146-year-old newspaper, was a power outage. An unexpected event that created a need that became a new, localized journalistic outlet that grew into an essential news medium for thousands.

This made me reflect on the events of this week in Iran.

For those of you who may be reading this that have not been following social media’s relationship and impact on the events following the Iranian election, here‘s a quick timeline from CNN. What’s not in that timeline is fact that as the world’s leading news agencies were being ejected from Iran, and the Iranian government were actively shutting down Web and e-mail access as well as cell and wireline telephone access, Twitter and Facebook were ablaze with realtime information.

Social media quickly became the news outlet to the world. At one point, Twitter had over 221,000 Iran-related updates in one hour. Twitter was planning to do schedule maintenance and the US Government asked them to postpone it. What they were providing was too important to cut off, even for a couple of hours.

At the same time, the major news outlets were covering comparatively little about what was proving to be a historic event. CNN, usually the Lead Dog in these situations, was not doing any of its customary wall-to-wall. So, who was holding them accountable?

You guessed it. Twitter users. CNN took a pounding in the Twittersphere, and in direct response they stepped up and started covering much more on balance with the BBC, NY Times and other outlets. CNN had been courting the social media-savvy audience for months, and they responded quickly to the pressure. Rightly so, and to their credit.

With 221,000 tweets an hour, though, why do we need CNN? Do we?

I say yes, very much so. We still need journalistic editorial oversight of the information. We still need analysis.

We still need newsrooms, with journalists we can believe.

The relevance of Twitter (and Facebook, and YouTube, and FriendFeed) has been firmly established, flowing in the undercurrent of the larger events of the Iranian election. However, massive volumes of information do not make for journalism. There has always been a massive volume of information available out there, since before Gutenberg. Whether it’s reporting on the school board meeting, or on the public shooting of a 16-year-old Iranian girl named Neda, we still need professionals to sift through the information, verify it, put it in context, and present it to us so we can put it to use.

That’s the core of a free society; the spirit of the First Amendment. It leads to millions of citizens better informed, and more able to choose their own destiny. Journalism should not be presumed dead in the age of social media. It just needs to adjust to the new medium, and the new rules.

In the meantime, it’s up to us, as consumers of information, to insist on professional journalism’s survival. It’s a noble calling.





Thousands of stories of human challenge told through photographs

12 04 2009

Some time ago I happened upon the blog of Zoriah Miller, an independent photojournalist who has captured some extraordinarily powerful images. There’s very little I can say here other than you really must visit his blog, and then his commercial site, to gain a full appreciation of both the quality of his work and the extent to which he’s traveled to the darkest corners of the world to expose the challenges of humanity.

Zoriah’s most recent blog post focuses on HIV/AIDS patients in Asia. The images are jarring. Here are a couple of examples:

Here are some pictures from an April blog post, documenting poverty in Kenya:


I love quality photography, mostly because I know I don’t have the talent to capture images like this. Looking at the image immediately above of the Kenyan girl in the checkered dress, for example, the mastery of the correct focal plane here is just amazing. It’s as if she’s standing inches off the screen.

In the spirit if being balanced, I came to know about Zoriah through a not-so-uplifting debate about some photographs he took and chose to publish of US Marines when he was embedded in Iraq, images which caused a lot of controversy when he broke a covenant with the the Marine Corps. I’m choosing not to address that debate here, but rather to highlight other areas of contribution outside if those incidents. If you want to read the balance of that issue, here is a NY Times account from which you can draw your personal conclusions.

My objective here is to highlight that Zoriah clearly has the talent to generate top dollar taking other types of photographs with much higher general commercial appeal, but he’s chosen to embed himself in armed conflicts, travel to scenes of natural disasters, and document the suffering of famine and disease. It’s clearly not for his benefit that he’s doing this, it’s for ours. Even if the outcome is controversial, we’re always more aware as a result. It helps us all gain a better understanding of scale and pitch in each case. The number of important stories vividly told here is a personal unit of measure that’s significant and inspiring.

To get involved…

In Zoriah’s own words:

“Each photo story that I bring to the world costs literally thousands of dollars to produce. While transportation to and from remote locations eats up the majority of my budget, I must also pay for food, accommodation, insurance and equipment such as body armor, cameras, lenses, photo storage and equipment maintenance costs. These photo stories depend on your support and funding.

Without your donations these projects will live only in my dreams and not in reality, where the world can see them and be affected by them. If you enjoy seeing this work and believe in supporting truly independent photojournalism, please support it.”

You can donate to his efforts by following this link.