Friday, February 24, 2017

"Helping Children In Africa Through Photography"

In November 2017 I will be travelling to Zimbabwe as the first leg of my teaching children in Africa photography so they can express their lives through pictures taken by them.

I am looking for sponsors to help with the cost and equipment... See the list of things and help that I need below. If you are in a position to help in any way get in tough via b.s@mac.com

You can also donate some money (any amount you want, it all helps) which will of course be gratefully received.

Please share this with any body that you think would like to get involved.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Reasons Children Like This Little Girl Need Your Support

5 Reasons Children Like This Little Girl Need Your Support



The image of the little girl was taken by myself whilst on a recce trip to Kenya for a luxury fashion client of mine. It changed the way I think and feel about the world issues effecting people that more often do not deserve to suffer like they are suffering NOW.

5 Reasons Why Children In Africa Need Your Support

It is important to note that developing countries do need donations and sponsorships from developed economies in order to fight starvation. Some facts about these starving children in Africa.

Many African children that are starving live in the streets. They are orphaned, homeless, hopeless, and desperate. These children are very young with no mother, no father, no home, and no food to eat. Bellow are the 5 reasons why children are starving in Africa today.

1. Political unrest and civil wars

One of the main reasons there is starvation in Africa is there is so much political unrest that is prevalent in many African countries. Political unrest causes starvation in children this means they go for days without food. War has also caused poverty for children in many African countries.

2. Diversification of funds to increase military budget

War causes economic and social instability and generally increases a country's military budget. This obviously leaves far less for the social welfare of African children.

3. Economic conditions

The economic conditions of a African countries contribute to children starving. Most of the African countries are struggling to meet the needs of their citizens. If the economic conditions are very poor means that the majority of the population lives below the poverty line the effect is also felt severely by the children.

4. Drought

African families get food through farming and in recent years due to global warming droughts are prevalent and entire families struggle to put food on the table for their children.

5. Many families are child headed families because of HIV/AIDS

The HIV pandemic has caused many children to loss parents meaning a plunge into poverty, end of education, and starvation escalates.


What 5 Things Am I Doing To Make A Difference?

1: Creating a higher level of consciousness to the above issues through the various social media facilities that are available to me to instigate actions, actions that change lives.

2: To achieve this I am campaigning and publishing several books of my images to sell along with several exhibitions of my own images along with images taken during a photographic teaching tour of Africa to raise awareness and funding to feed children and more.

3: Over the next year I will be photographing c200 people that are prominant faces of The Cote d'Azur, these will include the man that plays his accordion on the street to the multi millionair that lives on the biggest yacht in the harbour.

4: There will be exhibition archive quality prints of these images produced for an exhibition that will be auctioned off along with a limited edition fine art table top book containing these images to raise funding for the project Children In Africa Need Your Support or CIANYS for short.. etc etc etc MORE INFO

5: Along with the above I have set up an association with UNICEF so people can donate or get involved in helping support this cause more directly. MORE INFO: http://fundraise.unicef.org.uk/MyPage/Bruce-Smith-Children-In-Africa-Need-Your-Support



What 5 Things Can You Do To Make A Difference?

As you can imagine running a project of its kind requires a lot of work as well as skills that I do not have nor do I have a budget to buy these neccassary skills. This is where you come in I HOPE.

Types Of Skills And Sponsorship Needed:

Networkers
Administration.
Web designers/host to publish and run blog and website
Graphic Artists to do artwork
Art Directors to design the book
Publishers to help publish the book
Digital Printers to print exhibition prints
Framers to frame archive exhibition prints
Travel/Hotel Companies to provide accommodation and travel for the project
Connections to NGOs doing hands on work in Africa, I have several that I am in talks with.

If you wish to provide your skills or can sponsor or instigate sponsorship to this cause please email me at b.s@mac.com with I wish to help or sponsor CIANYS in the subject box.


So if you have thought the same as me. !! I am too small to make a difference !! You are very wrong because you can. 

If you care please share this message via facebook twitter etc etc.

I need to raise 1,000,000 in donations by 30th April 2015.

You can donate as little as £1 or as much as you feel. If you wish to help with a donation please click the donate through paypal button on my blog. MORE INFO: http://childreninafricaneedyoursupport.blogspot.co.uk/

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Thank You

Bruce Smith

Monday, November 3, 2014

Teaching Children In Africa How To Photograph Their Lives As They See It



To update you re progress with the Children In Africa Need Your Support project.

I am in Africa making connections and having meetings with several people and organisations that are getting involved.

I will be having more meetings week after next and making plans for my teaching children how to take pictures project which will be featured on an ongoing blog also the images taken by the children plus my own images will be sold during exhibitions and published in books from which the proceeds will be used to build schools that will offer classes in photography that will be free to the communities .  

I am also in talks with organisations that will be helping me to produce celebrity and musicians portraits that will be published in a book and exhibited to raise more funding for this project.

The funds raised will be used to build an educational centre specialising in the personal growth of children (through photography and the arts) whom other wise would not have any opportunities.


I am hoping to make this centre a place where every child on the program will get training in both the arts and photography along with a square meal every day. The images and art created by the children will be sold at auction to raise funds to support the centre.

I will also be offering photography courses to photographers in  Africa to help raise funding to operate this project.  

More Info:  

For every booking of a course there will be £30 added to the fund..

If your interested in hearing more about this project please email me at b.s@mac.com.

Please like, comment and share this post..

The little girl image I took whilst on a recce in Kenya,  it was the lasting impression that seeing how this little girl and her family and community were living that started my campaigning in support of children in Africa.

In order to achieve our objectives we need support from many sectors from individuals to corporate organisations.

Support comes in many ways from direct hands on aid, support by raising funds, support by donations, support by being conscious. Consciousness instigates actions, actions change lives.

If ONE in a MILLION people living on this earth acted to help stop some of the world issues there would be SIX MILLION people supporting these issues. ONE in a MILLION is not much to ask for. Are you a ONE in a MILLION person, if so please act by liking, sharing, or get invilved and help spread the word.


Types Of Help And Sponsorship Needed:
Networks
Administration.
Web designers/host to publish and run blog and website
Graphic Artists to do artwork
Art Directors to design the book
Publishers to help publish the book
Digital Printers to print exhibition prints

Framers to frame archive exhibition prints
Travel/Hotel Companies to provide accommodation and travel for the project
Connections to NGOs doing hands on work in Africa, I have several that I am in talks with.

If you wish to sponsor this cause please email me at b.s@mac.com with I wish to sponsor CIANYS in the subject box.

So if you have thought the same as me. !! I am too small to make a difference !! You are very wrong because you can. :-)

I need to raise £1,000,000 in donations by the end of 2014.

So I need your help to achieve this.

You can donate as little as £1 or as much as you feel or you can get involved directly

If you wish to help with a donation please click the donate through paypal button to the right.

To those who wish to get involved get back to me at b.s@mac.comm skype me at brucesmithphoto or call me on +447904485253 after 19th Nov when I return to UK











Thank You Bruce Smith