“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”
“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. Of course the task will not be easy. But not to do this would be a crime against humanity, against which I ask all humanity now to rise up.”
– Nelson Mandela
October 17th is World Poverty Day.
The statistics show that extreme poverty rates have been cut in half since 1990, but 1 in 8 people in the world remain hungry. Extreme poverty is measured at living on $1.25 a day or less.
Programs that offer skills development are crucial to fight poverty as many communities have high rates of unemployment and people need to find a way to earn a living.
The heART of a Woman Project (THOAW):
THOAW aims to help unemployed women and moms impacted by poverty in South Africa by providing a workshop on mobile photography, social media and small business for photography.
Photography will give the participants a voice, bring awareness and empower them to create small business and generate a sustainable income through sales of photographic art products.
The workshop will teach them skills not only in photography, but in mobile technology and social media. Skills that may also be transferable and connects them to the world to bring awareness.
By the end of the workshop, each participant will have 200 artcards available for sale immediately in the on-site art boutique at eKhaya eKasi that welcomes tourists from around the world and through partners in Fair Trade & Tourism in Cape Town.
Consider this –
If ONE tourist buys ONE artcard, it can help feed a family that day.
With your generosity, you will help bring this workshop to eKhaya eKasi Art & Education Centre in Khayelitsha, South Africa and provide continual support to help them become fully self-sustainable. The workshop commences November 15, 2013. Unemployment rates are 80% and most live in modest or makeshift homes, many without water or electricity. Additionally, photographic art products to provide continual support will be available for sale online and abroad through events and distribution partners.
GIVE. SHARE. EMPOWER TODAY!
Please join us in fighting poverty and making a difference in the lives of women and children in one of South Africa’s most impoverished townships.
You can follow the project on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #heARTSouthAfrica
If you would like to donate a used iPhone, volunteer or would like to request an interview, please connect@ heartofawomanproject. com
Thank you. Enkosi.
Ubuntu – I am because we are