BENEFITING: GLOBAL AUTISM PROJECT
The Global Autism Project believes in fostering sustainable development so that the training and support provided to their partner centers will last far beyond their presence.
While many organizations provide educational materials or clothing donations, research has found that these donations can be a detriment to the local economy, foster paternalism, and thwart the sustainability of progress.
Instead, the Global Autism Project believes in supporting the local economy and working with the materials which can be accessed readily and repeatedly by our partners.
In doing this, we ensure that our partners will not be dependent on our presence, but instead the partner's capacity to work will be increased through the knowledge of how to use what already exists.
The money raised through the Global Autism Project supports the mission and vision of sustainable training and teaching by enabling a clinical team to train and consult with their partners, off-setting the extreme cost of working internationally in this capacity.
This December and January,
photographer and videographer Caroline White Photography has volunteered to give her time and creative talents, by traveling with us to India and Kenya, bringing to life the stories of kids with autism, their parents, teachers, and volunteers. Stories of families and varied cultures, to raise awareness and foster continued change and growth, for the Global Autism Project.
These amazing donated mini-documentaries will inspire and entertain, helping to spread awareness and helping to educate for our organization, and for autism in general.
We recently asked Caroline:
So, Why India and Kenya, Caroline? Why not simply help Autism in your own country?
Caroline: I've done cause work in the US, and found it very fulfilling. Traveling, becoming immersed in new cultures, and doing my work in places outside of my comfort zone has always been part of my dreams, but it is also in my DNA. My great aunt, LIFE Magazine photojournalist Margaret Bourke White photographed Gandhi! Some big shoes to fill, yes - but my other reason for wanting to do THIS particular project, is because of how much more marginalized kids with autism can be in other countries, and how much harder it can be to access education, resources and training. Outside of the US, an autism diagnosis can feel like a death sentence, especially for the mothers - but this does not have to be the case, and the Global Autism Project has proven this over and over, in EIGHT countries since 2003.
Before discovering GAP, I had wanted to get involved with building schools, because I think empowerment and freedom starts with education (plus all the celebrities seemed to be doing it), but I was so impressed with what the Global Autism Project has built - and it has been SUSTAINABLE and continues to be. Before, I thought, doing good work is just doing good work, but there are so many more layers to it, so many intricacies and complications. The more I learn about the non-profit world, the more I learn what a value this organization is, and how deserving of attention they are.
You're not just donating your creative talents to us though, right?
That's right! I want to inspire and incentive more people to become aware of this organization and to help foster it's much needed continued growth, so I am ALSO giving away a free photo shoot, to one random person who gives at least $25 to this amazing cause.
If you give $50, you will automatically be entered TWICE for the free photoshoot. $250? That means TEN TIMES the chances. All you have to do is give!
Your donation means so much to us, even if it is just $5.
The Deadline: is Wednedsay December 3rd!
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