BENEFITING: EPHAS PRODUCTIONS INCORPORATED
Hi friends and family, thanks so much for visiting my EPHAS fundraising page. On the 1st of October, I'm going to begin riding my bicycle from Revere Beach, Massachusetts to Venice Beach, California. I'll be pedaling 4,000 miles over the course of two months in support of the Boston based 501(c)3 non-profit EPHAS (Every Person Has A Story). Funds I raise will go towards a fledgling photography/entrepreneurship program in South Sudan, one of the newest and most unstable nations on earth. The program will make a real, positive impact in the lives of South Sudanese children and I urge you to lend your support. If you're not in a position to donate, take a minute to check out the EPHAS facebook page for a stream of amazing pictures taken by children around the world. From EPHAS:
In South Sudan, EPHAS has begun assisting the education process by supporting independent media development weeks after the declaration of its independence from Sudan, in early 2012. Lessons consisted of photography and entrepreneurialism courses that will help to provide new opportunities and to strengthen hope for the future for many of the students in Leer, in the Western Upper Nile.
The initial evaluation demonstrated that students in the region possessed a very limited knowledge of photography. The reasons behind it are many, but primarily due to regional factors, such as the millions who were displaced during the civil war, and the presence of gender inequalities and violation of female rights to education. The South Sudan Media Project is focusing in training young men and women who would otherwise be denied this opportunity; it has become a focus for South Sudan media development in Leer, with its partnership with Gua Africa and the Emma Academy Project, founded by Emmanuel Jal, a Sudanese ex-child soldier turned world-renowned music recording artist.
The Media Project will function as a training-center for photojournalists who will exploit the immense opportunities offered by communication technologies and photography in reaching audiences until now inaccessible with the mainstream media. After decades of conflict and adversity, these photographers will play an important role of revealing South Sudan’s culture to the world and sharing stories with their own eyes and camera lens.