Vision for Empowerment

$3,895 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 45 months
Vision for Empowerment: Kolkata Photography Project

I am a professional wedding photographer based in St. Augustine, Florida. This JANUARY 2017 I am headed to Kolkata, India to lead my second series of Vision for Empowerment photography workshops to 10 women who are survivors of trafficking and other human rights abuses.

These women have been given education and employment opportunities by a Florida-based nonprofit called Made By Survivors.

Made By Survivors began in 2005 and I met the founder, Sarah Symons, last fall. She was previously a full-time musician and after seeing a film on human trafficking (The Day My God Died), she flew to India and Nepal to see how she could get involved. Long story short, Sarah and her husband quit their jobs and have dedicated their lives to freeing trafficked women and children— and most importantly, keeping them free. 

MBS has employed some of Asia's first women goldsmiths and their jewelry is sold worldwide. Sarah's focus has always been to provide education and  opportunity. 

You may be wondering: What is my purpose? Why do I want to fly 2,000 miles to work in the slums of one of India's most populated cities to teach 10 young women the art of photography? 

Because I have been blessed with many opportunities in my life—as a professional artist, an educator and a female business owner— and I want to share the gift of photography with young women that have not been given the same opportunities. 

I am excited and hopeful that this project speaks to you. If you'd like to sponsor a woman and provide a tax-deductable donation over $100, please donate here:

OR, you can donate any other amount to this Go Fund Me page. This will cover travel and administrative costs while on the ground in Kolkata. All funds must be raised by Jan 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. 

Thank you so much,
Sarah Annay
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Leaving in less than 2 weeks. Please help us reach the final goal on GO FUND ME and help cover the expenses for the booklets I'll be printing this week and the costs of prints/matting while abroad.

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$3,895 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 45 months
Created March 23, 2015
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Susan Foody
21 months ago

Thank you for finding and sharing the beauty in the rubble.

Natalie Canty
24 months ago

Best of luck! So inspired by your endeavors!

LaKay Cornell
24 months ago

So happy to know you and be a part of the amazing things you are doing. I hope this trip is even better than the last!

Tonda Bian
40 months ago

Sarah, Alexa told me about your project recently and I wanted to chip in. Such a great idea! God Bless you and your project.

Alisha Weging
40 months ago

Brightest Blessings, sweet girl!! Love from the Weging family!

Jess Furlong
40 months ago

It's almost time! I can't wait to follow your journey :)

Lai Sayamouangkhua
41 months ago

I love you and so proud of you!!

Margaret Wallis
41 months ago

Less than $100 (and only about a month!!) to go before your trip! I can't wait to see the impact you will have in this place - but even more so, can't wait to see the impact it will have on YOU! Much love always, so proud of you!

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