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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: 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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Supply the Love: Tanzania

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Supply the Love: Tanzania

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.

Anne in Tanzania

I found out about Print the Love as I was planning a trip to Tanzania. Because our itinerary included quite a bit of contact with local people, Print the Love sounded like the perfect project to take along!

Our friend and group leader, Welcome, had made several trips to northeastern Tanzania in previous years and had established a relationship with a village near Karatu. Over the years, groups have been involved with service projects in the village with input from the school council and village leaders. This year's project was to address girls' health and safety in the secondary school. 

Through fundraising events prior to the trip, money was raised to build a secondary school girls' restroom and to purchase menstrual kits for the girls through the nonprofit program Days for Girls. The kits have washable, reusable pads and shields that allow the girls to stay in school throughout the month.

In addition to providing over 300 finished kits for girls in the village, the women in our group taught the girls and several adult seamstresses how to cut fabric, assemble the pieces, and sew the shields and pads for more kits. Our hope is that the entrepreneurial seamstresses will pick this up as a business and continue sewing kits with the materials we left behind.

Sewing menstrual kits

Sewing menstrual kits

While we instructed the girls on how to assemble the menstrual kits, we took breaks to take pictures, both with our cameras and with the Print the Love camera. The girls loved looking at their pictures on our phones and cameras, but the pictures from Print the Love are theirs to keep!

Instant Photograph Smiles Tanzania

The six men in our group painted the girls' restroom. The restroom will provide a safe space for the girls to retreat when they are not feeling well. The menstrual kits allow them to keep going to school, but the bathroom allows them safety when changing pads or cleaning up. 

Secondary school girls

Secondary school girls

In addition to the service project in the village, our trip included safari wildlife viewing, and visits with tribes in their villages and camps. Three of the tribes that we visited in the Serengeti area were the Datoga, the Hadzabe, and the Maasai.

Hadzabe are one of the world's last hunter-gatherers. They live a nomadic, decentralized existence in northern Tanzania. They hunt every day to exist on a diet of meat, honey, and roots. 

Hadzabe tribe chief explaining how they hunt

Hadzabe tribe chief explaining how they hunt

After the chief's introduction to how the Hadzabe hunt, we accompanied several hunters on their daily hunt. Hanging back, we waited until the lead hunters found the hornbill nest they were looking for to harvest three fledglings still in the nest.

Hornbill are hunted for meat, feathers, bones, & the beak

Hornbill are hunted for meat, feathers, bones, & the beak

After the hunt, I took pictures of the chief and the others watched as the image developed in real time. Once the other Hadzabe saw what was happening, everyone swarmed around me for a picture.

Hadzabe hunters, guide, and chief

Hadzabe hunters, guide, and chief

The women, who had been less involved in greeting us, gathered their children and came to me in family groups. The hunters struck poses with their bows and arrows for their pictures.

Hadzabe children instant photograph Tanzania
Hadzabe hunters instant photograph Tanzania

The Datoga are pastoralists and are skilled at metalworking. They live near the Hadzabe and supply them with iron tips, knives, and spears in exchange for tubers and fruits. We watched as a Datgoa man melted a piece of scrap metal (a brass faucet) into a small trough over an open fire and poured it into a form. He cooled it and hammered it into a metal decoration.

Datoga metalworking

Datoga metalworking

Datoga women make beaded jewlery for sale

Datoga women make beaded jewlery for sale

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people who use cattle and their by-products for everything from food to building materials. The Maasai culture includes crafts such as beadwork, with beads produced from local materials (clay, seeds and bone). Some Maasai welcome tourists into their villages to display their dancing and sell hand-crafted jewelry. We had several opportunities to interact with Maasai.

Maasai village

Maasai village

Maasai village

Maasai village

Giving pictures to people in Tanzania was far more rewarding than I anticipated. My favorite memory from taking pictures in Tanzania was of an older man, a guard in the village where we worked with the girls. More than any of the others, he seemed to never have had a picture of himself. Later in the day, hours after the picture was taken, we saw him taking it out of his pocket and looking at it.

Instant photograph smile Tanzania
Instant photograph Tanzania

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