Hello, everyone!Thank you for visiting the I Walk for the Marshallese GoFundMe page. Every November, I will be selling a limited release print for the I Walk for the Marshallese scholarship fund. This month's limited print (above) is Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah. For the scholarship, these limited prints will be signed and numbered in a crisp Fuji deep matte printing paper. The prints will be 12 x 16 in size. Prints are $100 a piece. While the cost may be high, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the scholarship fund. In order to ensure that you get something special for your thoughtful contribution as well, this print will be available for November 2017 only. There will be no reruns. I won't be selling this individual print ever again.
Also, after your donation, please send me your address at [email redacted] or at [phone redacted] so that I can ship the photo to you.
For more information about the scholarship, please read below.
Thanks so much! Have a great month!
I walk for the Marshallese.
I walk for the Marshallese. From 1946 to 1958-the early years of the Cold War-the United States tested 67 nuclear weapons at its Pacific Proving Grounds located in the Marshall Islands, including the largest nuclear test ever conducted by the United States. The bombs had a total yield of 108,496 kilotons; over 7,200 times more powerful than the atomic weapons used during World War II. During the 1952 test of the first U.S. hydrogen bomb, codenamed "Ivy Mike," the island of Elugelab in the Enewetak atoll was obliterated. By 1956, the United States Atomic Energy Commission regarded the Marshall Islands as "by far the most contaminated place in the world."
I walk for the Marshallese. With the threat of radiation contamination, the Marshallese were given no other option than to leave these islands and their homes. Now, suffering from the generational raptures of displacement, this population still continues to be plagued by language barriers, poverty, social economic mobility and the cruel friction that accompanies cultural assimilation.
I walk because of the Marshallese. Four years ago, I had the opportunity of teaching part of this Marshallese population at Ka'u Middle and High School. This presented an opportunity to learn and grow from this population, all the while building my understanding of the injustice that this minority population has and continues to face.
I walk because of the Marshallese. While teaching this unspoken population, I was also surrounded by the vast and beautiful wild landscape that engulfs the Ka'u region. Teeming with rupturing volcanoes and uninhabited coastlines, I couldn't have had a better opportunity to explore such an untamed and wild geographic region. There is no doubt that this transformational experience was critical in shaping how I love and continue to treasure the wilderness today.
I walk for the Marshallese. Attributing this awakening to the wild and learning from this extraordinary Marshallese population, it is important to give credit to those people and the region that deserve their due. As a result, every November, I will be selling a new print for the entire month for $100 each for the I Walk for the Marshallese scholarship fund. 100% of my photo’s proceeds will and continue to be directly donated to the scholarship every year. To make sure that you are getting something special for your generous contribution, each specific print for that November will be individually numbered and available for that month only. There will be no reruns. I won't be selling them ever again. In an effort to be as pure and transparent of an amateur photographer as well, my photos do not contain any computer edits; whatever endowments my camera and the beautiful landscape has given me in that moment is what is given to you.
We walk for the Marshallese. As Mother Teresa said, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." Let's improve the opportunities for these Marshallese people that deserve so much more. Whether it is contributing to the scholarship fund or articulating this injustice to others, everything matters. We can all make our path for improving the lives for the Marshallese in different ways. We can all make a difference. We can all walk for the Marshallese.
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