Proyecto Los Abuelos De Atitlan

$2,695 of $25k goal

Raised by 36 people in 5 months
David Moyer  TUCSON, AZ
The elders of San Pedro Atitlan in Guatemala are dying. The generation who fought in the revolution and survived the genocide of the 1980's are leaving us one by one.   I need your help to document their stories in a book, all of the proceeds from which will benefit their community. Their faces, their eyes, their hands have witnessed such a rich collection of stories, but without your help, these will all vanish: With the passing of Encarnacion Perez, whom you see in the video above, we've already lost yet another elder's voice. Fortunately I was able to record her story last year.  While I have time to make the book, these elders don't.

I have long wanted to to use my art to make a real difference in the lives of real people.  With your help I can document the images, stories, and advice for future generations of the elders of San Pedro Atitlan in Guatemala.

The money raised will be used to reimburse the participants, hire a Mayan language translator, and to cover my local costs, but primarily to print the books in a local print shop.  The books will all be donated to the local cultural center for sale to benefit local schools. Every dollar raised will remain in the community, and sale of the books will raise even more.

My name is David Scott Moyer.  I am a fine art photographer and painter living in Tucson, Arizona.
I have been very fortunate to travel extensively in my work as a photographer, and have seen communities all over the world who are holding on to their traditions while being inexorably assimilated into the homogenous global culture.  Please help me begin something with this one community that I can then take on the road to other peoples.  They deserve to be remembered, and together we can make it a reality.
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Update 6
Posted by David Moyer
1 month ago
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I packaged up photos for all the over $50 donors today. I'll send them off tomorrow. Thank you all so much for your generous support. Please consider passing the project along to friends and family who might be interested. The more I raise before heading to Guatemala this Spring, the more elders I will be able to document.
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Update 5
Posted by David Moyer
3 months ago
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This Thanksgiving, I want to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who have believed in my dream and supported it. It has become evident that i will not reach my goal of $25k and be able to fund this entire project. Whether it be my approach, my timing, or the overwhelming political climate of the time, donations have dwindled to almost nothing in recent weeks. I AM NOT GIVING UP. I am simply going to refocus my efforts. I will leave this page open as long as I am allowed, and I will use the money that I have raised to go to Guatemala as soon as possible and record the oral histories and images of as many people as possible. There will be no book or grand donation to the community as I had hoped, but I will record these people for posterity and, at the very least, make it available online. I am pursuing other methods of financing for the larger project, but I am going to proceed at this point as if this is all I have. All of you who have so generously contributed to my dream will receive your photos by the end of the year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Update 4
Posted by David Moyer
5 months ago
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If everyone who has see this project would donate the cost of a latte and a scone, I would reach my goal, and 100 elders would be immortalized in a book which would bring not just the $25K donation goal, but also $50K in book sales to them and their community. We can do this!
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Update 3
Posted by David Moyer
5 months ago
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Almost $2000 in a week! Thank you all so much! Let's make this thing snowball! I'm almost half way to being able to go down and start collecting photos and stories, but we still have a long way to go to make the book a reality. Help me make this happen!
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Andrea Mendola
5 months ago

David, this project is even more beautiful than I could imagine. Thank you, thank you!

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$2,695 of $25k goal

Raised by 36 people in 5 months
Created September 19, 2016
JR
$100
JB Roth
1 month ago
KB
$50
Kolya Braun-Greiner
3 months ago

Wonderful gift of art / photography for preserving history of elders for future generations!

LW
$50
Lauren Weinand
4 months ago

David, Your work reminds me of the Blood Rising film and painting project done in Ciudad Juárez to remember and celebrate the lives of victims of femicide. I am a medical student and wanted to make sure you knew what you are doing is a form of art therapy, which is one of the most healing medical art forms that really honors and serves the whole person. Patients and people across all cultures appreciate your work SO much. Thank you for sharing your incredible gift with us and the community of Atitlan.

$5
Anonymous
4 months ago
$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
1
1
JL
$25
Jeff Litvak
4 months ago
1
1
CH
$100
Cynthia Hansen
4 months ago
1
1
SB
$100
Sister Judy Bisignano
4 months ago
1
1
AM
$150
Alicia Merinoff
4 months ago
1
1
MB
$50
Marilyn Batchelder
4 months ago
1
1

Congratulations, David! What an exciting project. We are so glad to be making a contribution to this excellent work. Marilyn and Dick Batchelder

Andrea Mendola
5 months ago

David, this project is even more beautiful than I could imagine. Thank you, thank you!

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