Rajahmundry Orphanage Enrichment

$2,720 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 27 months
Krista Welch  SEATTLE, WA
In the Fall of 2014, a small group of photographers from the United States, Ireland, and Australia gathered in India to dive head-first into the unknown and explore the colorful country through hands-on, culture-to-culture interaction, and, of course, to experience a new place through the eyes of our cameras. The vision for this trip was a collaboration between Photo Field Trip  and Elephant Landing .

We started our journey as observers and photojournalists, but ended our travels totally inspired and motivated to make a difference.

Our  group traveled to rural Rajahmundry, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, to meet some pretty amazing kids. They were beautiful. They are the reason for this campaign.

Our goal is to raise funds to send back to the orphanage to use toward general upkeep and day-to-day expenses that may occur for them. In addition, if we raise enough money, these funds also have the potential to help fund a large-scale project for the orphange, such as the creation of a music room on the premisis.

While we experienced quite the language barrier (many of the children did not speak English, and none of us spoke Telugu!) we found a successful way of communicating with one another: through music.

There were exhuberant dance parties (excellent exercise!) and songs sung for one another.  We believe that the presense of music would bring joy to their lives.

Our vision is to provide the kids with something above and beyond the basics; something that will enrich their lives, help them build skills, and soothe their souls. 

Please watch the video to learn more about the kids and the journey that led us to them. If you feel like helping us make a difference, your contribution will go toward the enrichment of these kids' lives, in the order of their most urgent needs being met first, and buidling our way up to the next level of support, which is to not only make sure they're healthy, but to give them musical skills and appreciation that they can carry with them their entire lives.

Thank you for your support!

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We each saw India & our new friends differently. Click the links below to see for yourselves:

Krista's Photos

Whitney's Photos

Caroline + Jayden's Photos

Aga's Photos
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Update 1
Posted by Krista Welch
26 months ago
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THANK YOU to everyone who has donated already! We are so, so excited to be getting so close to our goal. :) xoxoxo
Check out this video of our travels!
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$2,720 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 27 months
Created January 14, 2015
MG
$40
Michelle Grimes
15 months ago
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Have a great adventure Aga xx

$50
Aine Teahan
16 months ago
1
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I look forward to reading about your next visit Aga - what a wonderful thing you are all doing. Aine x

DS
$10
Darek Smietana
16 months ago
1
1
LM
$30
Lisa McCormack
16 months ago
2
2

Best of luck Aga!

$50
Claire Wilson
16 months ago
2
2
AM
$300
Aga Maru
16 months ago
1
1

Thank you to everyone for a donation!

NP
$500
Nirav Patel
17 months ago
2
2

A beautiful mission. Thank you for doing what you do.

TC
$10
tom chan
17 months ago

i wish you guys the best of luck with your project.... your collection on IG is top notch :-)

RA
$100
Roger & Beth Augustyn
17 months ago
KM
$5
Kirsten Michalski5
17 months ago
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