|By Jamie Lloyd (adsl-69-226-240-114.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net - 188.8.131.52) on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 1:35 am: Edit Post|
To all Ghana Peace Corps Alumni,
My name is Jamie Lloyd and I am a photographer living in Berkeley, CA. In the spring of 2004 I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana and work as a photographer for the daily Graphic newspaper in Accra. Needless to say Ghana touched my heart and changed me forever.
On October 17th I plan to go back to Ghana to bring a photography program to a group of kids in Accra, Ghana. These kids live in Nima, the worst slum in Accra and the Muslim section of the city. The kids not only live in poverty, but also have to deal with the stigma of being Muslim in a Christian dominated city. The Muslim/Christian divide, which seems to be growing further apart, is not only affecting people in America, but all over the world.
I would like to provide the children an outlet to let the world know what Africa is really like and what is really going on. The Western world needs to see Africa through the eyes of the people who live there and not through the negative sensationalism of western media. Not only would these kids be representing Africa to America, but they would be representing Muslim people to America as well as Ghana.
The Ghana Youth Photography Program is based on First Exposures Youth Photography Program in San Francisco where I have been volunteering with at-risk youth teaching photography. The non-profit organization of SF Camerawork sponsors First Exposures and is allowing me to raise money through their organization to help fund the project.
I am requesting any amount of tax-deductible funds you may wish to donate to assist in this mainly self-funded project. A showing of the children’s work is anticipated in early 2006. Any working and unused 35mm cameras and/or film either black & white or color is also requested.
You can make a tax-deductible donation payable to: SF Camerawork
Please note in the memo section of the check, for Jamie Lloyd
Mail to: Jamie Lloyd
Ghana Youth Photo Project
2342 Shattuck Ave. #808
Berkeley, CA 94704
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS, GENEROSITY AND GOOD THOUGHTS
Please visit my website: www.afiaphotos.com
Visit SF Camerawork’s website: www.sfcamerawork.org