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Art and Abolition - Kenya - Joey Paynter - Photographer

A *NOTE* FROM Joey Paynter (PWB Photographer):

I am beyond thrilled to announce that I have been selected for a  Photographers Without Borders assignment and will be partnering with the Art and Abolition Movement in Nairobi, Kenya this fall. 

Many of you know my soul's heartbeat is to be a voice for the voiceless, so when I heard what this organization was doing I could feel my heart pulsating with aliveness at the very thought of once again using photography to help free the oppressed through stories that so often go untold.

Art and abolition targets girls under the age of 15 who due to poverty, and/or threats of violence from their caregivers, are being forced to sell their bodies for everyday needs such as food, clean water, and school fees. While my body shudders to think of all that these girls must have endured, I am also deeply moved and inspired by the Art and Abolition's mission to restore justice through offering art therapy, education, economic empowerment and foster care to young girls in Kenya who were once forced into sex slavery.  


The youngest girl at their center is 8 years old.

They have recruited 10 new girls into the program this year.

They provide transitional housing for 13 family members as they move towards economic stability.

They currently provide full time education for 15 girls.

$20 is what it costs to cover rent for an entire family for one month.

There are 27 million enslaved people worldwide.

***If you would like to learn more please check out this video.***


Photographers Without Borders matches small charities and NGOs worldwide with visual storytellers who use their lens to highlight a cause and bring it into greater focus. This fall, I'll be offering my services to Art and Abolition completely free of charge. 

Each year this organization holds 3 art therapy camps run by registered creative art therapists who use art to lead the girls further into their own healing processes. I will be documenting the girls in a two-week arts and empowerment sleep-away camp for children who live in the surrounding slums and villages of Nairobi, Kenya. The main focus of the camp is on art and empowerment.

The arts are used as a powerful weapon to help combat child prostitution and sex slavery and to empower a greater sense of self.  

Please watch this video to learn more.


Hi! :) I’m Joey Paynter, an independent freelance photographer, teacher, astrologer, dreamer, healer, storyteller, and world traveler, who has placed some roots down in Los Angeles, California. I have a extensive background in psychological studies (Masters in Clinical Psychology and Depth Psychology) and a passion for empowering the human soul. I've been lucky enough to travel to over 40 countries as a counselor, healer, lecturer, and photojournalist where I've offered therapy to refugees, orphans, prostitutes, victims of trauma, and run support groups for those that have been affected with HIV/AIDS.  

My photography has been displayed in galleries in Oregon, stores in South Carolina, and several art shows in California. I’ve also had my photography published in the book A Voice for Life, that tells the story of Hakani, who not only survived being buried alive, but also celebrates the beauty of all life. I lived in Australia for four years and it was here that I discovered my photojournalistic style and realized the depth and power of sharing one’s story through a photographic image. I am beyond honored for this special opportunity to tell the story of these young girls who are now a part of art and abolition. 


This is not a project that I want or need to do alone. In fact, I need each of you to partner with me.  If you are unable to give financially at this time, please don't let that stop you from being a part of this experience with me because there are still several other ways in which you can get involved. 

1. Click on the GIVE NOW button on the top of my page. Your donations cover my travel to Kenya to capture and document the girls healing experience in the art therapy workshops through the art and abolition movement. These funds cover my airfare, transportation, travel insurance, program fees and visa. Please note that all donations are tax-deductible and that any surplus funding will be split equally between photographers without borders and the art and abolition movement. 

2. If you can't give financially at this time, would you consider clicking the share button on the top of this page in order to spread the word to others. 

3. Buy one of the bracelets the girls have made through Project 27

4. Meditate, Pray, send good energy, write encouraging letters to art and abolition, send me emails, request updates, and research about child slavery. 

5. Follow Art and Abolition on Facebook and Twitter

6. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for updates

7. Follow photographers without borders on FacebookInstagramand Twitter

I truly appreciate your support in whatever form it may come. May you be abundantly blessed in your own life and connect even deeper to your soul's purpose. 

Much love, 

Joey Paynter

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Audrey $100.00
blessed journey to you and the women.
Jen $25.00
Have an amazing experience - make some soul!!
Gina C James
You go girl! Thanks for doing the work you do;-)
Rod Fruster
Hey! I hope you have a safe trip to Kenya. Be safe can't wait to see the pictures. Rod Fruster
Julie $50.00
Allison Simon $50.00
Audrey Hartley $125.00
Donations from friends given this past week.
Nathalie Carpenter $100.00
Rachel Lang
This is magikal magnetizes more into your crowdfunding account!!! (Or at least I hope so.
Happy Birthday! Enjoy the adventure!!
Matt and Ronda
YOU GO GIRL! We are more than blessed to be able to help Joey, you are a beautiful spirit on a journey... Love to you!
Zanimal Paynter
Happy birthday to my amazing person who has such a big heart. Go capture the smiles that you generate by your presence! I'll miss you, and will be full of wags when you return!
Heather Taylor-Zimmerman
Bring light into the darkness.
Happy happiest of birthdays and many many blessings!! <3
Desiree R Chase $20.00
Amy Blaschke
Hoping the trip is beyond your hopes and dreams. xoAmy
David and Georgina
Good luck Joey with this great cause x
Hope that this small donation helps this great cause
Kristen Williams
I know it will be awesome!!
Checks given from friends. :)
Vera and Subhash Anand
A very good cause, Joey, we are proud of you. Vera and Subhash
Colleen Wolak
What an amazing cause and adventure! Good luck with your fundraising!
sending love, spirituality, abundance, success, prosperity, joy and happiness to you and those you help... with love and gratitude...
Deb and Hec
We love and support you in this beautiful work.
Kelly Bellerose $20.00
I believe in you. <3
Lorraine Levy
What an opportunity! Congratulations!
Tom Lyon
Hi Joey, Should be an amazing trip. Glad you have this opportunity. I am sure your photography will make a difference. Safe travels.
Jennifer Leigh
So excited for this trip!
Linda Gahan
Good luck on your adventure. You will love Kenya!
Davy Hammatt
Gary $200.00
Wish it could be more. So excited for you. Wishing you all the best in this new chapter of life.
Jamie Alger
Way to follow your dreams and passion! Very inspiring!
Kyungwon Kim
Joey, I am very proud of you!
I'm very excited and proud of what you're going to do. You're an amazing daughter and I love you very much! I know you will do a wonderful job.
Gary Fogelman
It's gonna be great. Enjoy!
Jenni Hogan Wright
This is amazing! Wish I could give more! So excited for you!
Pete & Candy
A wonderful cause. Congratulations, Joey. Safe travels xo
Patricia Bukur
Best of luck in this amazing venture!
Love you and SO excited for you!!!
Good luck friend. Few people tell a story through pictures like you do.

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