Poonam's Tale of Hope in Bhopal

$6,432 of $125k goal

Raised by 97 people in 34 months
Alex Masi  NW25DY

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SOMETIMES A PICTURE HAS THE POWER TO TURN FATE AROUND:


My name is Alex Masi and I am an Italian photojournalist committed to spreading awareness, and supporting action towards children's rights and education.


In May 2011, 'The Photographers Giving Back Awards' assigned me a 5000 US dollars grant to create and implement a specifically designed plan, benefiting one of my subjects, Poonam - and her family, after noticing her in one of my pictures from 2009, revelling in the rain near the abandoned Union Carbide industrial complex, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, central India, site of the infamous '1984 Gas Disaster'.

Since then, I witnessed the passion that is moving Poonam and her family along, and how a single possibility for change has been able to spark in them such a vibrant enthusiasm for life and its meaning.


I have started this Campaign to cover all the costs related to the long-term education of Poonam, 14, and her sister Jyoti, 15, while also documenting their lives as 'our' two young sisters grow up to become strong, emancipated women.

Additionally, funds will be employed to set-up an educational project for other children in water-contaminated colonies  of Bhopal, partnering with a trusted, established local charity.


> Below is a long list of *REWARDS* for all the friends who will be joining our campaign.

Thank you very much for taking the time to learn about 'Poonam's Tale of Hope in Bhopal'. Find us on Facebook .

'Poonam Revelling in the Rain'
Colour: 10 x 8 / 16 x 12 / 24 x 16  (in inches)
B/W:      10 x 8 / 16 x 12 / 24 x 16 (in inches)

 

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Update 1
Posted by Alex Masi
15 months ago
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I would like to thank everyone of our funders from the bottom of my heart.

The first batch of postcards is ready and will be out in the post soon. Apologies for the delay. :)

Contribute just 25 US$ to receive one as well.
Postcards are ready to be sent! :))
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Elizabeth Boodoo
15 months ago

Dear Mr Masi, When first I heard of this Gas disaster I was in secondary school. At the time one knew what was happening but briefly for it was broadcast through foreign media mainly. Many years and many disasters pass and sadly one often forgets these families forced to adjust and survive as best they know how in their unfair circumstances. Thank you for selecting this family and by extension this community to help and bring awareness.

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$6,432 of $125k goal

Raised by 97 people in 34 months
Created July 10, 2014
$10
Supporter
Many heartfelt 'THANK YOU' from Poonam, Jyoti, their family and Alex Masi.You will receive regular updates as I photograph the siblings growing up.
$25
Postcard
The image of Poonam revelling in the rain on quality Postcard, sized 6x4 inch. Her story in short, other images and my Signature printed on the back side.
$50
5 Postcards
5 Postcards of Poonam revelling in the rain, on quality Postcards, sized 6x4 inch. Her story in short, other images and my Signature printed on the back side.
$125
ANY PRINT 10x8
ANY PRINT FROM MY ARCHIVE 10'x8' - I will email you to confirm your choice: http://alexmasi.photoshelter.com/archive - Format/Details as in Poonam's Print.
$135
Print 10x8 COL
Poonam's Print 10'x8': Printed Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Laser C Type on Fuji Crystal Archival Matt Paper; Print # and Date; Safe Delivery.
$150
Print 10x8 B/W
Poonam's B/W Print 10'x8': Printed Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Laser Ilford RC Digital Matt Paper; Print # and Date; Safe Delivery.
$250
ANY PRINT 16x12
ANY PRINT FROM MY ARCHIVE 16'x12' - I will email you to confirm your choice: http://alexmasi.photoshelter.com/archive - Format/Details as in Poonam's Print.
$270
Print 16x12 COL
Poonam's Print 16'x12': Printed Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Laser C Type on Fuji Crystal Archival Matt Paper; Print # and Date; Safe Delivery.
$300
Print 16x12 B/W
Poonam's B/W Print 16'x12': Printed Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Laser Ilford RC Digital Matt Paper; Print # and Date; Safe Delivery.
$500
ANY PRINT 24x16
ANY PRINT FROM MY ARCHIVE 24'x16' - I will email you to confirm your choice: http://alexmasi.photoshelter.com/archive - Format/Details as in Poonam's Print.
$550
Print 24x16 COL
Poonam's Print 24'x16': Printed Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Laser C Type on Fuji Crystal Archival Matt Paper; Print # and Date; Safe Delivery.
$600
Print 24x16 B/W
Poonam's B/W Print 24'x16': Printed Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Laser Ilford RC Digital Matt Paper; Print # and Date; Safe Delivery.
$1,500
Editioned (S)
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POONAM Limited Edition (of 10 - COL or BW) 20x14 inch: Handwritten Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Hahnemuhle FineArt Photorag; Print# / Date; Courrier.
$2,500
Editioned (M)
20 of 20 left
POONAM Limited Edition (of 10 - COL or BW) 30x20 inch: Handwritten Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Hahnemuhle FineArt Photorag; Print# / Date; Courrier.
$3,500
Editioned (L)
20 of 20 left
POONAM Limited Edition (of 10 - COL or BW) 40x28 inch: Handwritten Signature; Certificate of Authenticity; Hahnemuhle FineArt Photorag; Print# / Date; Courrier.
$120
Portfolio 1H
1 full hour Portfolio Review with Alex via Skype, focusing on long term project development, grant applications, market approach. Material to be first emailed.
$149
PORTFOLIO 1H
LONDON-ONLY / 1 full hour Portfolio Review with Alex IN PERSON, focusing on long term project development, grants, market approach. Material to be 1st emailed.
$210
Portfolio 2H
2 full hours Portfolio Review with Alex via Skype, focusing on long term project development, grant applications, market approach. Material to be first emailed.
$249
Portfolio 2H
LONDON-ONLY / 2 full hours Portfolio Review with Alex IN PERSON, focusing on long term project development, grants, market approach. Material to be 1st emailed.
$800
Pre-Uni Seminar
50 of 50 left
A full-day seminar / event / presentation / talk about photojournalism, Bhopal and Poonam, to pupils of secondary school up to Year-12. (*Expenses Excluded)
$1,250
College Seminar
25 of 25 left
A full-day seminar / event / presentation / talk about photojournalism, Bhopal and Poonam, to higher education students in universities. (*Expenses Excluded)
$5,999
Exhibition
25 of 25 left
CORPORATE: Exhibit 'Poonam's Tale of Hope' in your venue. 4 Weeks / 25 Images (60x40cm 24x16inch) Matt / Framed with passepartout, ready to hang. (*Postage Ex.)
$1,499
2-Day Workshop
25 of 25 left
LONDON-ONLY / 2-day 1-to-1 personally catered WORKSHOP. Shooting, editing, and later discussing personal long term vision, grants, market approach.
$2,000
3-DAY WORKSHOP
25 of 25 left
LONDON-ONLY / 3-day 1-to-1 personally catered WORKSHOP. Shooting, editing, and later discussing personal long term vision, grants, market approach.
$4,000
Meet Poonam (S)
10 of 10 left
3-day 1-to-1 personally catered WORKSHOP, in BHOPAL. Shooting, editing, and later discussing long term vision, grants, market approach. (*Expenses Excluded)
$6,000
Meet Poonam (M)
10 of 10 left
6-day 1-to-1 personally catered WORKSHOP, in BHOPAL. Shooting, editing, and later discussing long term vision, grants, market approach. (*Expenses Excluded)
$8,000
Meet Poonam (L)
10 of 10 left
9-day 1-to-1 personally catered WORKSHOP, in BHOPAL. Shooting, editing, and later discussing long term vision, grants, market approach. (*Expenses Excluded)
$10
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14 months ago
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Giulia Covelli
15 months ago
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Liliane Senepart
15 months ago
Elizabeth Boodoo
15 months ago

Dear Mr Masi, When first I heard of this Gas disaster I was in secondary school. At the time one knew what was happening but briefly for it was broadcast through foreign media mainly. Many years and many disasters pass and sadly one often forgets these families forced to adjust and survive as best they know how in their unfair circumstances. Thank you for selecting this family and by extension this community to help and bring awareness.

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