Seeking support for photo project

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By Richard Sitler ( on Friday, October 30, 2009 - 11:57 pm: Edit Post

“Making Peace with the World” needs you!

“Making Peace with the World” is a photo documentary project by Photojournalist RPCV Richard Sitler (Peace Corp Volunteer Jamaica 2000-2002, Crisis Corps Volunteer Jamaica 2006). Richard is seeking publicity, funding, donations of Airline miles and a publisher for the project. Every little bit will help and in the Peace Corps spirit of “the power of individuals to make a difference” you can provide the necessary assistance to allow for the completion of this project.
How you can help:

Donate to Making Peace with the World through web site: " th-the-world" h-the-world

Share your unused American Airline Miles with “Making Peace with the World”

Here are the details: Through the American Airlines AAdvantage program you can share miles that can help me as I work on my Peace Corps documentary project. Go to the link below and follow the directions if you have frequent flyer miles that would otherwise expire and go to waste. You just enter my name and my AAdvantage Number: 6W377W2. To learn more about the program or to share now visit, " FIHR/SN/t" IHR/SN/t

Help with publicity for this project by telling your friends, family and colleagues to check it out!

If you know of a publisher who might be interested in receiving a proposal to publish this project, please contact the project’s agent, Martha Windisch at ""

Keep current with this project by visiting the following web sites:

" th-the-world" h-the-world (The Point includes fund raising for the project and also posts and announcements)

"" (Richard’s small town photojournalist site includes a slides show of various small town photos, essays on his recent travel experiences, a slide show of Paraguay photos, previous posts and photo archives)

" ofile/" file/ (Richard’s “Glimpse” blog: Glimpse –Your Stories from Abroad – Supported in part by National Geographic Society).

" ler" er (lightstalkers site includes Richard’s bio and photo galleries)

"" (Richard’s web site includes Richard’s resume, contact information, portfolio and licensing and sales information)

" ser.viewprofile&friendID=29387463" er.viewprofile&friendID=29387463 (Richard’s My Space page)

" s/blog/list?user=2c4oktw9v8mpv" /blog/list?user=2c4oktw9v8mpv (Richard’s Peace Corps Connect blog)

Accomplishments to Date:

Richard has already begun his work of documenting the service of Peace Corps volunteers in every region currently served. He has begun this project through self-funding. So far he has documented the service of volunteers in Inter-America and the Caribbean. He has shadowed volunteers in the following countries: Jamaica, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. He will soon travel to Ecuador. Richard states, “I have photographed volunteers in the sectors of youth development, small business and economic development, health, environment and agriculture. Although the volunteers’ main projects are in specific sectors, volunteers become involved in a myriad of projects and activities as they become immersed in their communities. 

The volunteers I have photographed have been from all over the U.S. States - represented so far are volunteers from Indiana, Iowa, Virginia, Washington, California, New York and Colorado. The volunteers also represent the racial and cultural diversity of the United States. 

The sites and host country people also have been diverse. I have photographed volunteers in different settings, from a highland coffee growing region of beautiful mists and sudden rain showers in Nicaragua to a volunteer in a sleepy Belize village near a Mayan temple.”

Needed for completion:

In order to complete the project (next stop will be to document volunteers in Africa then on to Europe and the Mediterranean, Central and East Asia and the Pacific) Richard is seeking funding via the web site The Point. Please help this project come to fruition by visiting The Point ( HYPERLINK " th-the-world" h-the-world)
and providing what sponsorship you can for this project – as little as $5 is greatly appreciated and $20, $50 or $100 will go a long way towards project expenses. If you are uncomfortable donating via a web site, feel free to send a donation directly to Richard by sending a check made out to Richard R. Sitler with “Making Peace with the World” in the subject line of the check to Richard Sitler, PO Box 154, Knightstown, IN 46148. For additional information contact Richard at

The Peace Corps 50th Anniversary celebration:

As posted by the National Peace Corps Association, “In 2011, the Peace Corps community will be marking 50 years from when President Kennedy asked us to give two years of our lives to travel abroad, help others help themselves, and bring our experiences home in ways that serve the country.”

The National Peace Corps Association lists some guiding principles for the Peace Corps anniversary events. These include, Ownership (The Peace Corps belongs to anyone who understands the power of individuals to contribute to a better world); Participation (these events will be designed so that people everywhere can join the celebrations); Purpose (these events must be more than looking back. They need to advance the essential work of Peace Corps, promoting human development, peace and prosperity); and Aspiration (these events will help realize the Peace Corps community’s long-held dream of having a national focal point to share our stories …).

Regarding the framework needed to organize these events, the National Peace Corps Association says that, “To mark the anniversary, we expect that many individual community members and related organizations would organize book and documentary projects, blogs, podcasts, and other forms of new media.”

The “Making Peace with the World” documentary will serve the Peace Corps in marking its 50th anniversary by the production of a documentary project, photo/essay book and blog that will give an intimate view of the everyday life and service of a cross section of today’s Peace Corps volunteers. This project will help the viewer obtain a feeling of ownership of and participation in the Peace Corps. This documentary will advance the essential work of Peace Corps by promoting the work of today’s volunteers in order to encourage viewers of the project to support Peace Corps and even to consider serving their country through Peace Corps. The project will also provide a focal point for current and past volunteers to use to remember and share their own stories.

The Proposal for “Making Peace with the World”

Making Peace with the World is a look in photographs with text at the diversity of American citizens who serve in the Peace Corps as well as the diversity of the people they serve.

Making Peace with the World is a series of photographs in the form of photo stories/essays of volunteers serving in developing countries in every region of the world. The photographs will illustrate all aspects of Peace Corps volunteer life from the work on their projects to their day to day life and struggles coping with cross-cultural issues.

Making Peace with the World is quotes and short statements of Peace Corps volunteers on what led them to serve peoples in other countries.

Making Peace with the World is a book, photographic exhibition and online blog.

The Project

The purpose of this project is to show how the Peace Corps as it approaches its 50th anniversary continues to pursue its three original goals:

1) to help people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women.
2) to help promote a better understanding of the American people on the part of peoples served.
3) to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of the American people.

Because of recent current events which have caused the United States to often be seen in a negative light when looking at its involvement in foreign affairs I have been interested in doing a photographic project that reaffirms that American citizens and the United States still does a lot of positive work around the world.

Why Peace Corps?

Peace Corps began in the idealistic 1960’s amid the Cold War world. President John F. Kennedy said, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” and many young and some not-so-young people responded and volunteered to bring American idealism to developing countries all over the world. Peace Corps has continued in this objective, and has grown and expanded through the changes in the political landscape of our world. From its very beginnings Peace Corps has embodied the global idealism of Americans.

Peace Corps continues to be a viable and important part of the foreign policy of the United States. It is a way for citizens of the United States to give of themselves and their skills to help people who are less fortunate, while learning about living in another culture. Peace Corps has huge implications in the way it works at the grassroots level, and it brings together people to work for positive change. There is no other institution quite like it. Still, the public and our policy makers need to be better educated on just exactly what Peace Corps accomplishes.

The reality of Peace Corps goes way beyond the stereotypical images of lonely liberal youngsters from the United States giving up their comfortable lives to live in a grass hut. Peace Corps is a catalyst for change and development. It is development that improves the lives of the host country citizens while also providing personal development for American Peace Corps volunteers. In essence, Peace Corps helps our world bridge many gaps between different cultures, socioeconomic levels, and political landscapes, and it helps educate both the volunteers, their home nation and their host nation communities. This photographic documentary will help foster the Peace Corps efforts.

The Photographs

I will use 35mm digital cameras to work in the photojournalist documentary style. I will live with my subjects and create photo stories of five to ten photographs of each volunteer who I follow. The collection of photo stories will both individually and collectively work together to give a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Peace Corps volunteer.


We will select quotes and short statements by the volunteers photographed. The words will be used to introduce the volunteers to help the viewer learn about their background and what led them to serve. I also plan to have a forward written by a Peace Corps writer.

Time Frame

I will travel to at least two countries in every region of the world where Peace Corps serves to give an idea of the diversity, breadth and scope of Peace Corps impact on the developing world. The regions are Inter-America and Caribbean, The Pacific, Europe and the Mediterranean, Central and East Asia and Africa. I will photograph a volunteer or volunteers in each country for two to three weeks. I will start my work in the Americans and Caribbean since I already have connections in this region. Once I have completed this region I will take a break to pursue funding and then resume in the other regions. The complete project should take two to three years to complete including editing and production.

Book and Exhibit
The photographs and volunteer biographical text will be compiled into an about 150 page, 70 to 100 photograph book. The book will be presented to publishers. A national exhibit will be organized to go along with the book.

By richs ( on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 2:23 pm: Edit Post

Hello. I posted this last fall. I am still actively working on this project. I am currently in Ukraine where I have photographed several volunteers.

So far I have photographed volunteers in 20 countries. I am going to Bulgaria next.

For more information about the progress please see this facebook page:

I am in desperate need of funding. So far all of the expenses have come out of my own pocket. To help support this project go to this link:

Thank you.

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