* Update: I've returned from Uganda - this NGO is amazing - and am currently working on the photos & stories. You can read my first report from the field here.
About this fundraiser:
I'll be traveling to Jinja, Uganda in March to photograph the work of X-SUBA Sport4Development. This nonprofit was established in 2013, centered initially around getting underprivileged children into basketball. It has since expanded to include children in other sports and games. They also offer health services, life skills, and educational opportunities.
Providing these opportunities to children who otherwise wouldn't have them is a wonderful way to invest in our future.
Any donations of $100 or greater will receive a signed print from the trip once I return.
1. What makes you passionate about helping X-SUBA Sport4Development Uganda ( http://xsuba.org)?
I owe a lot of my own opportunities & success to the sports programs that my parents got me into when I was young. I was very active in soccer (or football, for the rest of the world), cross-country running, golf, and track & field. Each of these activities contributed different elements to my growth. All of them taught me about teamwork, responsibility, goal-setting, physical fitness, and mindfulness. I made some great friends and was an overall better person thanks to these programs.
Now it's my turn to be a part of providing the same opportunities to other children. Programs like X-SUBA are especially important in underprivileged communities, where alternative activities can be crippling to their potential. Everyone deserves chances like this, but not everyone has access.
2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
Photography is an incredibly powerful tool. I've seen first-hand with other nonprofits I've worked with how photography can help tell a story, demonstrate the nonprofit's potential, and spur others to support their mission. I'm looking forward to being a part of their team for a couple of weeks. I can't wait to show the rest of the world what they're doing, the impact it's making in the lives of others, and their plans for the future. Even just being there and showing the children that there is outside interest in them can help inspire them.
3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?
Everyone can personally relate to a program like X-SUBA because we've all been touched by similar programs whether we realize it or not. All of us have participated in some kind of organized activity, be it sports, arts, computers, etc., that has influenced who we are today. We all owe our success, in one way or another, to a mentor or activity that taught us these necessary life skills. Invest in the future of the world by paying it forward.
I’m an Air Force combat veteran and pilot by trade, serving for ten years, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Towards the end of that ten years I realized that I needed a different pace in my life, so in 2012 I bought a 27-foot sailboat and sailed from North Carolina to the Caribbean. This was a life-changing experience and one that I still continue on a part-time basis.
During the journey, I accidentally stumbled upon a small island off the coast of Haiti. I was introduced to a nonprofit that has been helping them improve educational and nutritional programs on their island. At that time I only considered myself a landscape photographer, but the experience in Haiti really brought about a passion for documentary photography and working with nonprofits. I'm still involved with this group today, in addition to a number of other conservation and humanitarian groups.
I call Lake Tahoe home and enjoy all of the year-round activities offered in this mountain paradise. These include backpacking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, sailing, and kayaking. I also volunteer on two search and rescue teams when I'm not traveling.
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John, We're very proud of the work you did to support the children and their families in Jinja. We hope this contribution will help some of the local children get the education they need to have a successful and happy future! Love, Mom & Dad
Thanks for highlighting this issue
Can't wait to follow along and hear about your trip!!
You had me at tax deductible.. and this crazy little belief in your photography, our crazy random friendship, your journey, and skills.
|Cass and Bruce|
Proud of you! Big doors opening this year and I’m thrilled that you’re helping those in need!
John, This mission looks great. I love your bio and how you tell your story. You are an inspiration. I look forward to seeing some of your images when you get back.
Stay amazing Tahoe John!