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Supply the Love: Haiti

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Supply the Love: Haiti

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Cindy in Haiti

I had the opportunity to go to Haiti in July for a Summer School Camp put on by Community Coalition for Haiti.  This was my second trip down to Haiti, my first one was through my church Bloomington Evergreen Church.  As I was getting ready for my trip I came across a Facebook post about an organization called Print the Love.  I grew up with a family that took TONS of pictures.  When I read about their mission to “promote hope, love, and encouragement by uplifting others, helping them to see the beauty in themselves regardless of their circumstances by giving them a picture”, I knew I had to apply for a camera.  To my delight, my application was accepted and off to Haiti I went with a Polaroid camera and packs of film.  Below are just a few of the experiences that I had while I was there.
 

This is my dear friend Junior (blue shirt) and his beautiful family (uncle, mother, sister and niece).  Junior’s mother was so thrilled to have a picture of her family.  They are currently building a cinder block home and she wanted to find a safe place for the picture so she could put it up in their new house when it’s finished being built.
 

This is Ladine and her mother Bryenne.  Watching their facial expressions as the picture started to appear was the greatest thing.  Bryenne kept flipping the picture over trying to figure out where the image was coming from.  It was wonderful.

We came across this group of young men in the village of Chabin, that were getting ready to have a soccer match.  They put together this tournament during the week of the World Cup.  At first, none of them wanted their picture taken.  I finally talked one of the teams into taking a team picture and when they saw the picture develop right before their eyes, it was game on with picture taking.  We did team pictures, individual pictures, they even started posing.  It was amazing!  I also learned that they don’t like to smile in pictures.  “It’s not professional” is what I was told. Love it!

Haiti has a complex, rich, fascinating, and tumultuous culture and history with stories of resistance, revolt, and instability. But one of the fundamental aspects of Haiti and its people is their resilience. In spite of slavery, multiple coups, various occupations and militarization, and natural disasters, Haiti continuously fights to remain strong.  I love this country and the people who call it home.  My heart will always be with Haiti!

Supply the Love Haiti

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Kelsey in Guatemala

Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley is a part of a program that partners communities from the United States with communities within Iglesia Luterana de Guatemala. Our church sent a  group that traveled to Guatemala to visit a congregation in a rural community that our church is in partnership with. While in the community our group participated in many activities with the kids and adults. Activities ranged from playing games, to taking a walk through their fields and crops and learning to speak their native language, Q’eqchi. We also helped them install new stoves into their homes that will help them reduce the amount of wood needed and improve health by better ventilation of smoke.

helping with meala in Guatemala

During our time in the village, we took pictures of all the families in the community. The people from the village asked us many times to take their photo on our phones and cameras and were delighted to see the picture afterwards. It was a special opportunity to be able to take photos of each family and give it to them to keep in frames. Every person was excited and very grateful.

family photos in Guatemala

We also visited the community school and were able to take pictures of the students and donate some school supplies.

Guatemala school

After our visit to the village, our group traveled around Guatemala. We visited Tikal, the ancient Mayan ruins where we learned and explored the history and culture. We visited many other towns and in each place, we got to experience a new piece of Guatemala’s culture.  

Also, on our trip we visited a center for young women and a school in Guatemala City. At the women’s center, we met young women who came to the center to have the opportunity to further their education and life skills. We were able to spend time with them and get to know about their lives and ambitions. The young women are grateful for the opportunity to have control of their lives and the outcomes. It was inspiring to see their drive and the courage they have to be taking this step that not many other girls their age are able to take. We were so happy to be able to take their pictures and hopefully leave them with something to remember this time in their lives.

We also visited a small school and were able to spend time with the kids for the day. This school sits in a part of the city that is literally about to fall off of a cliff. While there we were able to see where they learn and play, and meet the extraordinary people that make their education possible. While at the school, we were not only able to leave photos with the school children, but we were able to leave photos with those people who contribute to making it the best place it can be for those kids.

Guatemala school on cliff

We met very wonderful people and saw amazing things during our time in Guatemala, both of which will never be forgotten.

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Love to Bolivia

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Love to Bolivia

Print the Love gives away instant photos to those who do not have access to these unique treasures.

Travelling is always an adventure and this trip was no exception! Our team of 3 women - Erica, Madison, and Ceallaigh trekked all over Bolivia spreading photo love for 12 days! We have included some highlights here. We have SO many wonderful stories and memories that we would love to share with you! If you are interested in hearing more (because you are headed to Bolivia yourself and want some advice, interested in our work or going on a Print the Love trip, or something else!) let's set up a coffee date! In person or virtual! Email Ceallaigh at ceallaigh@printthelove.org.

Bolivia Trip Highlights:

  • Bolivia is an incredible country with immense beauty! Both in its people, culture, and natural landscape. 
  • We gave away over 1500 photos to all ages! The joy of giving away photos is profound - both for the giver and the receiver. 
  • This is the first trip we included protectors with each photo, thanks to UltraPro! So that the photos can last for generations!
  • In addition to the photos, we gave over 500 custom note cards to school children made by elementary students from Minnesota with the message, "You matter!" written in Spanish. 
  • We stayed in 5 different cities all over Bolivia at various altitudes (15k - 6k high) - Carmen Pampa, La Paz, Uyuni, Cochabamba, and Oruro. We stayed at a college, hotel, hostel, artist home/hobby farm (our favorite! A must-stay!), and an Airbnb. We meet such wonderful people and hosts and recommend all the places we stayed! We have linked them all here. 
  • We traveled in dozens and dozens of taxis, survived death road (yikes! not for the faint of heart), flew in 7 airplanes, hiked and drove over the Andes mountains and watched stars at the Salt flats (a must do if you are visiting Bolivia!). 
  • We ate llama for the first time and had lots of Coco tea to combat altitude sickness. 
  • We gave away photos to rural communities (hiking through the jungle), college dorms, city markets, a nursing home, a orphanage, and many many schools.
  • Our translators were awesome! They contributed to our mission is remarkable ways and participated in giving away photos. Thank you Felix, Nora, Alex, and Graciela!
  • And a HUGE thank you to all our amazing donors who helped make this trip happen!

 

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Supply the Love: Malawi

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Supply the Love: Malawi

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

Dan was our first ambassador of the Supply the Love program! As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Dan in Malawi

 

The Ntchisi Forest Reserve is Malawi’s last remaining rain forest and is surrounded by subsistence farming. Children waved to our jeep from villages on the un-paved road up to the forest. I thought I would have better luck taking photographs at these villages than at the police station where we caught our ride to the forest. My first attempt to take portraits resulted in three young boys running away from me in a field.

We stopped near a village to take instant portraits the day we left the forest. Our driver explained the instant portraits in Chichewa to the villagers and a few agreed to photographs. I took photos and started handing them out. People were now really starting to like their portraits. More and more children showed up and they started raising their hands wanting to be next. I took the portrait of a small boy wearing a New York City t-shirt and a small girl with a baby on her back with elaborate hair. My friends in the jeep were opening up new film packs as fast as I finished them. The boy with the NYC shirt raised his hand to be photographed. I was sure I already got him, but I did not see him holding a photo. Was I about to take his portrait before but ran out of film? I took a photo and gave it to him. I expected that the kids were hiding their photos so that I would take 2nd ones for them. I asked our driver to explain one portrait per person and some order was established. The driver said that everybody had one now and that we were good to go. I grabbed my digital camera to take photos of kids holding the instant portraits and then I started to see a few of them holding doubles!

At a gas station on the road from Ntchisi to Lilongwe we stopped to check our tires. An attendant walked over to my open window to say hello. I asked if he would like to have his photo taken and he said sure. The attendant was very grateful for the photo and asked if a second one could be made. Unfortunately because it was still early in the trip I said I could only do one photo so that I would not run out of film.

I was visiting friends in Malawi that lived in a townhouse within a gated courtyard similar to what retirees enjoy in Florida only without a pool or shuffle ball courts. Or good water pressure. Or A/C. The complex had guards who worked all hours. My friends got to know the guards and would practice Chichewa by greeting them when we would enter or leave the gate. The guards were very friendly and professional despite earning low wages. Prior to leaving for Lake Malawi, I had a chance to take their portraits. One of the guards asked for the below photo to be sent to his phone via Bluetooth but the phone did not have enough storage available.

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At the end of our trip we stayed one night at a lodge on an island in Lake Malawi. I asked two gardeners how they were doing and offered to take portraits. The gardeners called over other lodge staff and I was happy to have the opportunity to give out more photos.

 

Print the Love facilitated interactions with the Malawi people that only occurred because I had an instant camera. I feel very fortunate for what I experienced in Malawi. I learned about Supply the Love while attending the Alec Soth event which I randomly saw advertised on Little Brown Mushroom’s Instagram feed. Thank you Print the Love for the opportunity to bring a moments of happiness to the people I met.

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