Help Me Volunteer in India!

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Raised by 37 people in 44 months

My name is Tony Fuemmeler. I am a mask maker, puppeteer and teaching artist in Portland, Oregon. A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to volunteer with children in India to create masks and puppets for The Maya Project. 

I'm trying to raise $2800 to cover my travel expenses and food for the two months I will volunteer in India. Though partner organizations are covering the cost of the flights and setting me up with a place to sleep, they cannot offer monetary compensation for this work. Your donation will help cover the costs of visas, inocculations, commutes, meals and more.



I am so inspired by this project! It's about transformation. It's helping youth to find their inner strength and create the change they need. It encompasses all of my passions: working with youth, making masks and puppets, and working to make the world a better place.The project also has the support of many volunteer Broadway artists as writers and designers. The mask and puppet builder recently discovered a scheduling conflict, and they have asked me to step in. It is such an honor!

However, this work is not just about putting on a show.





"It is a demonstration of what’s possible for low-income children with no previous exposure to the arts. It is a symbol of the kind of education all children deserve – one that integrates academics, values and mindsets, and exposure and access.
The Maya journey takes 30 children on a life-changing journey of self-discovery where they, like Maya, literally embark on a journey of discovering their values and their brightest light. The Maya children have travelled across the country, performed at conferences and public spaces, do acts of kindness to practice their values, and are working on a student-led project to spread happiness in 100 ways through the arts. 60 more children will join the musical as dancers in what will culminate in ten shows across Mumbai and Pune."  —Teach For India

Teach for India has been engaged in a partnership with Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) over the past eleven months to create Maya in collaboration with the kids they serve. These two great organizations are working so hard to help these youth find their light and succeed.





I fly to Mumbai in a little over a week—that's how fast this is moving. There simply hasn't been the time to follow the usual process of writing grants  and raising funds, so I'm asking friends near and far to consider assisting me as I support the work of these young artists. Your contribution will help make dreams come alive.

Thanks so much for your consideration! And even if you're not in place to assist me financially, please consider sharing this link with your networks.

Tony






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Thanks so very much for all of you who contributed funds, shared links, and supported me in other ways as I volunteered for Teach for India this past fall!

Here is a video in which some of the kids share what the project meant to them personally. Enjoy!

Tony
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Trick or Treat! We opened the show on Halloween to a wonderfully supportive audience. This marks the next step of this great project—bringing TFI's mission into greater contact with the people of India.

The show now tours to two more venues, and then I get to teach a mask class (yay!). And then I need to get home! In addition other costs here, I still have to cover rides to and from airports, re-supplying empty cupboards at home, and so much more. Can you help?
I thought we were all making that face..
Unstoppable mask team!
Me and the mighty Moiz!
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The work continues to evolve! We are now finessing the fit of all the masks and finalizing painting and incorporating everything. These amazing kids will be sharing their 15 months + of hard work starting October 31.
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Mask making has fully begun! We are on a skeleton crew on a tight deadline, but wow- it's gonna be great!
Raju tries on a mockup of a mask
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Joe Fuemmeler
44 months ago

This is so amazing! Anyone who does not know that Tony has a birthday this month, should consider sending him some support for taking the leap to do this incredible volunteer work! What are you waiting for?

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$1,368 of $2,800 goal

Raised by 37 people in 44 months
Created September 2, 2014
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$75
melanie Goodreaux
41 months ago

Love you, Tony!

$35
Anonymous
42 months ago
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Wehrend Family
42 months ago

Thanks for all you do for the children!

AA
$35
Amanda Dunne Acevedo
43 months ago

What a great opportunity! I love seeing the pictures of your incredible students and the work you are doing with them.

$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
DK
$50
Dan Kowalczyk
43 months ago

In an age of technological venture capital, it would serve us all to reinvest in artists and human culture.

$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
$50
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43 months ago
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Marcia Lepley
43 months ago

Best wishes and love!

Joe Fuemmeler
44 months ago

This is so amazing! Anyone who does not know that Tony has a birthday this month, should consider sending him some support for taking the leap to do this incredible volunteer work! What are you waiting for?

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