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Friday, March 12, 2010

The Doorways Project

I have been following Doorways Traveler's blog for several months now.  The first time i visited her site, i knew i had discovered a beautiful, brave, authentic woman with an amazing and important vision. 

I am passionate about supporting dreams that lead to greater good in this world and am honored to support Lisa in hers.  Below, Lisa writes about the Doorways Project.  Please join me in supporting her beautiful dream. 

P.S:  She's also offering the chance to participate in a great giveaway to people who donate any amount to this project.  To learn more about Lisa and for details on the giveaway, click here.


In Lisa's Words:

The Doorways Project combines my passions for travel, beauty, and connection in a mission to capture images and share stories of women from around the world who recognized and then walked through doorways toward greater freedom in their lives.The doorways I speak of involve subtle or significant life decisions that defy logic, reason, and traditional choices; and that lead to greater peace, happiness, connection, and, ultimately, freedom from suffering.

It is my hope that the images and stories shared through this project will inspire women who may not yet feel they have found their doorway (or who may have been too afraid to pass through) to begin to look for their own unique passages to freedom from the suffering they experience. Further, it is my vision that the Doorways Project will create new doorways through the featuring and promotion of compassionate international humanitarian organizations and the populations they serve; namely, those women who may not have the strength or resources to open the door for themselves.

The photographs and stories captured through the Doorways Project will be shared through a devoted project website (currently being developed) and other social media outlets; and images will always be gifted freely to the people and organizations featured. It is my intent to have the first printed collection of Doorways Project s photographs and stories available for publication in Winter 2012.

The Doorways Project is my way of paying it forward. Of offering myself and my ability to capture images of the things I see. Of finding my own doorways to freedom in the connection and convergence of my story with the stories of women around the world. And of finding that we are truly all the same.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make the next stop of the Doorways Project in Uganda, where I will follow, photograph and listen to the stories of the individuals and communities supported by the work of the Community Action Fund for Women in Africa (CAFWA). CAFWA's executive director, Linda Cole, is a friend that I have admired for quite some time. She and her husband, Tom (the director of Save the Children in Uganda) are the kind of people that make me want to be better. Simply put, Linda lives passionately through her work with CAFWA, which, to date, has opened doors for over 7,000 women through the various partner programs that CAFWA invests in. These include things like microfinance, skills training, income generation, adult education, gender-based violence prevention and victim support, health services, human rights awareness, peace building and conflict management; all focused on improving the lives of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict affected areas. I look forward to following Linda as she oversees these various programs, as well as creating photoessays featuring "a day in the life" with one or two of the women whose lives have been changed since participating in CAFWA's programs.

The photographs and stories I collect in Uganda will be given freely to CAFWA for use toward their promotion, awareness, and fundraising efforts. I will also co-create a fundraising event upon my return, where we will feature the photographs captured and, as always, I will donate proceeds from the sale of any print materials created with the images of women and children served by CAFWA's programs.

And here is the part where I ask for your help.

I need to raise $2000 to cover my travel expenses and to make this trip a reality. I am asking for donations of any amount toward making this happen. I sincerely believe that the images and stories that your donations will enable me to capture and share will give back with interest to the women served by CAFWA.

So, what do you say? Will you help me live my dream?

It's easy. There's a button at the bottom of this post.

As a way to thank you for your contributions, I am offering anyone who donates the chance to participate in a fantastic giveaway. My friends have generously donated their beautiful creations to be given away in support of my dream to do this work. I am so grateful for their talent and their generosity.

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♥ Julia