"Picasso once said that all children are born artists. When I first arrived at the iHope School to photograph the kids at their Special Olympics event, one of the first things that caught my eye were the artworks on the wall. Creativity comes in all forms and the imagination of these children bloom like a field of flowers. It touched my heart to experience first hand the love, encouragement and support the children received on every level: physically, emotionally and creatively. Every child is born with a talent and iHope provides a sanctuary for these precious children to transform into the best versions of themselves."
iHOPE NYC, The International Academy Of Hope, is a highly specialized brain injury school in New York City. Their goal is to be a leader in the educational space for youth suffering from brain injuries. They follow a model of best physical therapy practices combined with high tech solutions. || Photo by Leanne Wei (@honey_and_velvet)
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to bringing active play into the lives of kids and families in America. Storyteller @michaelshieh0203 helped KaBOOM! search for spots around New York City that could be made more playable.
"I was really inspired by how the organization wanted to utilize dead space and time (i.e. sidewalks, waiting for the train, etc.) to incorporate playability in NYC, and an idea hit me while I was climbing out from these stairs here: What if an ordinary activity like this can be transformed into something fun for everyone? What if we covered the stairs with piano keys so that when a person steps on it, it'll produce a note accordingly? It'll turn a mundane staircase, an ordinary activity into something out-of-the-ordinary, and provide a brief moment of enjoyment and fun for everyone." || Photo by Michael Hsieh (@michaelhsieh0203)
Gramforacause storyteller @cathyslee is currently in Haiti visiting the family and children she came to know during a missions trip last year.
After seeing how intrigued locals were with her DSLR last time, this year Cathy brought a little treat - a polaroid printer to hand out tangible memories.
"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 - for instance, last year we saw Baby Nathan who has just born and took a photo of him - this year, he's huge! His mom and dad were comparing him to his photo, it was precious. In another instance, 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." || Photo by Cathy Lee (@cathyslee)
1 in 4 women fall victim to domestic violence in their lifetime. @revealnyc, a volunteer based org, aims to empower these women through uplifting workshops and experiences.
This month, one of our photographers @khere went to shoot at Reveal's volunteer/sponsor party. These volunteers had supported Reveal's annual makeover event where they spent the day pampering 50+ survivors, celebrating their beauty and restoring their confidence.
At the party, volunteers shared moving stories of their experience. Learn more and be a part of the story at www.revealnyc.org. || Photo by Karen Heredia (@khere).
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