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Supply the Love: Kenya

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Supply the Love: Kenya

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.

Allison in Kenya

Our journey in to rural Kenya was exciting, challenging, tiring and inspiring. Over the course of our stay at Daylight Center and School in Kapenguria, Kenya we worked in classrooms, made reusable sanitary pads, lead after school games and were able to take (and give) 100 Polaroids to our Kenyan partners. The Polaroids we shot captured our partnership with the teachers and staff - of us working together in the classroom, of us playing together on the field and of us just being together in fun afternoon photo shoot. Being able to do fun photos with our new friends and give a print was a positive enhancement to the work we did together at the school.

Thank you to Print The Love for creating and providing this kind of opportunity!

 

Teachers posing Kenya

Teachers posing as we took a photo of them with the Polaroid. This was at the end of an especially meaningful co-lead church service and having the Polaroid involved at the end when we all had our cameras and phone cameras out was an incredible addition.
 

Changing the film Kenya

Changing out the film! We were having so much fun snapping photos - I think we did two and half cartridges just that afternoon! Even the most reserved of us were having a great time laughing, posing and shooting photos!

 

Former headmaster Kenya

James, the former Headmaster of the school came by to visit, travelling quite a distance to be there. My daughter and I (in the photo with James) have worked with him on previous visits so it felt particularly meaningful to have a photo taken with him that we all shared. He was excited to go home and show his wife who he had travelled to see.

Afternoon photo shoot!! There’s something special about the energy that develops when a bunch of people are just having spontaneous fun - no agenda and no plan. This was one of the days where we all connected through a common joy in posing and laughing together.
 

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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: 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.

Deb in Haiti

I have worked with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) hosting mobile pack events for the past 6 years.  When they offered a Food in Action trip to Haiti myself and another committee member, we jumped at the chance to go. 

During our five days in Haiti, the 19 of us with FMSC were kept on the move.  On Sunday we attended church and visited a metalsmith market.  Monday, we visited Melissa’s Hope, a special needs orphanage and Chance’s for Children, an orphanage & clinic.  Wednesday, we visited The Apparent Project and the Good Shepherd Orphanage.  Thursday, we went to Real Hope for Haiti, a rescue center for starving babies and others and in the afternoon, we visited Hot Futbol, an afterschool soccer program that feed the children following their practice. 

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At Melissa’s Hope, most of the children were confined to wheelchairs and had been abandoned by their parents.  Pascal and his wife have taken them in and will care for them the rest of their lives.  The orphanage receives no state funding so when I took out the camera and started taking their pictures – the pictures were treasured!  The smiles and laughs were music to our ears! 

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Chances for Children includes an orphanage for children who are eligible for adoption and a clinic for the community.  The adoption process takes 15 months to 2 years. All the children have been given up by their birth parents and are waiting for their forever home.  They were excited to have a picture of their own to keep.  They kept yelling Me, Me, Me! In hopes that I would take another picture of them!  I had to keep saying ‘Only one”.

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When we visited Real Hope for Haiti we saw children that were severely malnourished but were excited to have their picture taken.  The rescue center is about 10 miles out of the city, but the travel and roads made it a very challenging place to visit.  Mothers would walk 2-6 hours just to get their sick children to the center. 

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The Hot Futbol program is unique that the kids come to play soccer, but it was when they were playing in a tournament they soon discovered that the kids didn’t have enough to eat to keep their strength up to finish the tournament, that is when they connected with FMSC to give them food.  The kids come from all over Port Au Prince to play soccer. 

This was a wonderful experience for all involved.  Thank you for the opportunity to Share the Love!

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