Haiti is known as a country in suffering.
We’ve seen the rubble and ruins that Hurricane Matthew left behind. They need food and shelter. They need electricity. More recently, the internet has been buzzing again about the cholera epidemic in 2010, after the U.N. admitted responsibility.
Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries, with 77% of residents living in poverty but, its residents are some of the strongest, most emotionally wealthy individuals. They are full of hope and courage.
That’s why this holiday season, the Gramforacause team is working to get cameras into the hands of children in Bwadjout, Haiti, who are eager to capture their day-to-day lives.
"Photos are expensive to print and no one has high resolution cameras here. You can tell that they don't usually have photos of themselves. Once, this little girl asked me for some napkins and I wondered why. She took the Polaroid I gave her and wrapped it up, it was that important to her,” says Cathy Lee, a Gramforacause storyteller who has worked with the town of Bwadjout on short-term mission trips over the past three years.
Throughout the month of November, we will be raising funds to buy camera equipment and collecting donations of lightly used cameras. Then, we will be shipping these cameras off to our partners in Bwadjout, Haiti.
That’s not to say that there isn’t still very much a need in the hurricane-struck areas, but there are a lot of organizations on the ground already and we think our greatest contribution will be spreading positivity to a small part of Haiti this holiday season.
Will you join us in spreading hope and awareness about the beauty of Haiti?
So far, we've raised enough to send...
1 Camera Package (Polaroid IS2132-BLACK 16MP 21X Zoom Digital Still Camera with 2-Inch LCD)
1 Refurbished Camera Lens (Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II Standard Zoom Lens)
1 SD MEMORY Card
Updated Dec. 6
Who Is Gramforacause?
Gramforacause is a small team of passionate, curious photographers who love using photos to explore new cultures and share stories. We believe in photography’s power to educate and spread change.
Photography records raw emotion, it records beauty. It helps both the photographer and the viewer see well beyond the everyday.
How Does This Work?
This past summer, Cathy Lee ran a photography workshop for the teens of Bwadjout. We'll be joining forces with her and local partners to distribute the cameras and keep in contact with our young photographers to help them out with their new equipment.
From November 14 - December 4, we will be collecting both cash donations and donations of lightly used camera equipment. 100% of all proceeds will go towards purchasing, packaging, and shipping equipment to the youth of the Bwadjout village.
Equipment we're accepting:
- SD cards
- Photography books (French or picture-heavy books are helpful since their official language is French!)
Why DSLR vs Film?
There are two reasons why we ultimately landed on sending DSLRs.
1) Film can add up quickly. On average, it costs anywhere from $1.59 to $5 to develop one roll of film. One disposable camera gives you an average of 27 shots. That's not accounting for the cost of shipping either! DSLR camera bodies typically last eight or more years at least. Our goal is to send over a handful of DSLRs that Bwadjout teens can share and enjoy for years to years to come.
2) DSLR cameras allow for quicker, greater growth. Since our young photographers can immediately see their photos in the preview screen, they can quickly test and learn about things like exposure and focus. Shipping film back to the U.S. to be developed and then shipping it back would take a lot more time and the children might forget about the settings they used in the first place.
During the first week of December, we will purchase equipment and packaging all of our donations. Then, we will send off the donations to our partners in Bwadjout, so our young photographers can receive their new equipment just in time for the holidays!
From December to January, we'll be in touch with our young photographers to help them get settled with their equipment and keep track of their progress.
At the end of January, we'll curate a selection of these photos to share with the world!
Meet The Kids
Here are some of the photos the young photographers from Cathy's workshop took using film cameras.
*100% of all proceeds will go directly towards buying, packing, and shipping camera equipment to the children of Bwadjout, Haiti. All donated camera equipment will also be shipped directly to Bwadjout. This fundraiser is not tax-deductible. Thanks for your support!