As we enter our third week of fundraising, we thought this would be the perfect time to give everyone an update on the progress of our Southeast Asia project!
First of all, we’d like to thank the 45 funders who have helped us to reach 41% of our final goal at $3,500! We are both very thankful for the support and interest that everyone is having in the project and for the advice that we have been receiving.
Over the last two weeks, one of the main concepts that we have been working with and developing involves explaining our project in its most complete, yet simplified form.
And that is: Helping Communities Help Themselves.
This idea comes from the fact that, throughout the development of our entire project the primary, underlying goal we have both had is to find the best way to help empower communities and the work that they are doing locally through photojournalism.
It is this primary focus which has led us down the path of creating a photojournalism-style book that aims to document community based work being carried out around the world in a way that is both beautiful and informative. And it is through this type of book that we will spread the word about the great work being done in the communities we will be working with in Burma and Thailand.
It is our hope that through this type of book, we will not only be able to inform people about the grassroots efforts of communities like those in Burma and Thailand, but that we will also be able to encourage and empower these communities by helping them spread the word about their efforts and gain the support of the global community as a whole.
As of now, we have 5 weeks left in the fundraiser and are continuing to make great steps forward. Let’s keep spreading the word!
-Kellie & Robb
Welcome to Global Youth Projects’ official blog! As the first post, we think it is only appropriate to provide a full explanation and description of what Global Youth Projects is all about and what our plans are regarding our upcoming project in Southeast Asia.
The primary goal of Global Youth Projects is to bring recognition and awareness to grassroots, youth run organizations around the world that are working to provide greater opportunities to all members of their communities. With this as our primary focus, we hope to bring attention to the positive efforts being successfully carried out by young people throughout the world to empower themselves and their communities.
To begin this journey, we have decided to highlight efforts such as these happening in Southeast Asia, specifically in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand, where we have numerous contacts who have put us in touch with a successful community based orphanage just outside of Yangoon, the capital city of Burma, that is working to provide greater opportunities to the youth from the surrounding communities. While there, we will compile information about the inner-workings of the orphanage, its history, as well as learn about the lives of the children that we meet there. Once all of this information is gathered and organized, we will then put it all together into a photojournalistic style book which will describe in detail everything that we learned about this organization in order to share it with all of you and tell the world about the inspiring work being carried out in places such as these.
It is our hope to then continue this project on a global scale, traveling to any and all countries where we can get in touch with groups such as these and continue to share their stories. If you know of any groups or people who are involved in such work and think that their story should be told, let us know! We’d love to have the opportunity to check it out. The goal of Global Youth Projects is to shed light on and bring recognition to the efforts of youth working to empower themselves and their communities, and that means everyone, everywhere.
Tomorrow morning we will be activating our project donation website, Indiegogo.com, through which we will have 50 days to raise the funds to complete the entirety of our project. We will provide the link to this page in our next blog update.
Thanks for visiting and thanks for reading. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or comments.
-Kellie and Robb