Project Puerto Rico

Project Puerto Rico

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico to devastating effect. Today, the island is starting to see the efforts of its citizens’ hard work. Water, power and other key infrastructures have been restored. Yet much work remains to be done to help the Island of Enchantment flourish once more. Puerto Rican authorities are counting on tourism to help the island bounce back and grow.

Meanwhile, people all over the island have banded with each other to help neighbors and communities rebuild what has been destroyed and start anew on the ongoing path to improve their conditions.

Help me go to Puerto Rico to rebuild their communities.

Donate to my cause

Photo caption:
My Decisive Moment
Medellin, Colombia 2017

Why Fund me?

Why Fund me?

I have a deep interest in helping non-profits. One of the ways I support non-profits is through my photography. I’ve learned that I can tell deep meaningful stories through my photography to help non-profits increase their public presence and support their funding.

In the past, I’ve volunteered my time and services through Momenta Workshops, who help connect me with non-profits, and provide deep photography expertise. Momenta was founded and is staffed by White House, National Geographic, and major news publication photographers. Momenta ensures that the work that is provided to our non-profits are effective for their cause.

If you enjoy my photos and would like to help the world, please support me and Donate.

Caption:
Medellin, Colombia. 2017

How much do I need?

How much do I need?

I’m trying to raise $5,000 to cover 1 week of travel and accommodation expenses.

Accommodations $200*7 = $1400
Round trip flight from NYC =. $600
Logistics, Coordination with Non-profits, expert photojournalist mentors = Priceless

While going to Puerto Rico sounds like a vacation, based on my experience with previous non-profit workshops, all the time spent there will be photography work, whether directly with the non-profit, or daily evening editing with a photography instructor.

I will be contributing an additional $1000 to my cause.

If you think my time and effort can help these non-profits, please support me by donating.

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Puerto Cesar, Colombia. 2017

What is success?

What is success?

Ok, maybe you want to donate, but you would like to know how your money is put to work and how it will ultimately make an impact.

Momenta, a non-profit organization, in it’s 10 years of existence, has been able to establish deep connections and enable non-profits around the country. Their expertise will guide me to deliver photographic stories that the non-profits will use to raise public awareness by telling their stories.

These non-profits will be able to use these stories in various media outlets, grant writing, and fund-raising efforts to help support their funding and ultimately allow them to sustain or scale their platform.

If you are a photographer yourself, you may be interested in signing up. If you aren’t a photographer, please support me to help in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s communities. Donate to my cause.

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Marrakech, Morocco. 2018

Other Non-Profit Experience - FundaUniban

Other Non-Profit Experience - FundaUniban

If you would like to see some of my previous non-profit work, please take a look at my portfolio in Colombia for FundaUniban.

Only within the last 10 years has the region of northern Colombia began to demilitarize. Colombians from the violent surrounding areas escaped to Uraba for refuge. Antioquia, Colombia has grown to be the largest community of displaced Colombians. In these communities, you’ll find many younger kids who were born into this new safe and thriving microcosm.

FundaUniban, through their non-profit organization, has supported these communities by providing an infrastructure of jobs, education, and housing.

If you enjoy my photos and would like to help the world, please support me and Donate.

Caption:
The refugee community
Antioquia, Colombia. 2017

Other Non-Profit Experience - Arise Academy

Other Non-Profit Experience - Arise Academy

Another non-profit that I worked with was Arise Academy in New Orleans.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, the community banded together and decided it was up to them to re-create New Orleans. In the 9th ward, where Katrina had damaged the most in New Orleans, Arise Academy, a non-profit, commenced to build a school that served the children of the disaster-struck and poverty-stricken 9th ward.

Within the few days of my attendance, I got to see and photograph the quality of education Arise is providing for their scholars.

If you enjoy my photos and would like to help the world, please support me and Donate.

Caption:
Arise Academy, New Orleans, 2018