Why this project is important:
Do you believe that children deserve to have a childhood? Do you believe that every child deserves clean water, enough food, an education, and freedom from teen marriage? So do we. Buzz & Amo meet:
In January, 2017, I met Christine Busby, founder of Give 35mm a registered non-profit organization. Christine "Buzz" and I hit it off immediately. Our common goals and ideas, as well as her amazing work in Africa inspired a conversation about creating a documentary about her extraordinary Kenya project in May, 2017. Her nickname is Buzz, mine is Amo - seems like a perfect pair!The projects:
During our time in Kenya we will be finishing a project Christine started over 2 years ago - through teaching the children in the village photography, she has raised enough money to pay for, and dig a well to bring water to this community. The women and children currently walk several miles each way to fetch water for their families every day.
Additionally, we will assist ten 12-15 year old girls into a boarding school and create funding opportunities to keep them in school. This is the only way to protect young girls from teen marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) which is currently illegal in Kenya. "Before Maasai girls in Kenya and Tanzania are married, they must undergo circumcision in a ceremony that 99% of the time is sponsored by their prospective suitors. " (Source
Read more about Christine's work in Kenya HERE
.My history with Africa:
The first time I went to Africa was in 2006 while shooting a documentary about Heifer International and Oregon artist, Betty LaDuke for the Salem Art Association. Our producer Sara Swanberg, our production coordinatore Kathy D. Rice, and myself spent time in beautiful Rwanda, then in the Masai villages of Tanzania. I fell in love with both countries and all of the remarkable people we met. Our finished film "Art Reflecting Life" won the Oregon Heritage Award. You can see a brief clip HERE
My company Hot Tea Media currently produces videos of all kinds for companies and projects around the world. You can see more of our recent projects in Peru, Utah, Alaska, and more HERE
The final documentary will be used in fundraising efforts for the project, as an educational tool, and submitted to film festivals to share the message. Donations will help pay for:
•Travel expenses (taxis, buses, in-country flights)
•Emergency fundsNon-monetary donations needed:
•Flight miles transferred (United Airlines or Delta)
•Donate used camera gear for the children (lenses, camera body, SD cards, cases, etc.)
•Donate VISA/Mastercard gift cards
•Donate Int'l phone cards
•Share this with your friends, family, colleagues - THIS is actually one of the most helpful things you can do for our project.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. We are aware that there are many things going on in the world today, and a million ways to spend your time/money. We are grateful for any help we can get to move this project forward.
Amoris Walker, Owner
Hot Tea Media