We did a Help Portrait-like exercise with them then, and 3 weeks later, we returned to give back the pictures.
For me, this is my favourite part of the Help Portrait movement. The giving back. Nothing seals the bond faster between the recipients and us than when they realise that we actually kept our promise. And we had come back.
It never fails to warm my heart to see the kids hover over their own photos. The small smiles. The shy expressions. And the quiet pride in their eyes at their own images.
It is impossible to describe how gratifying we feel as the volunteers who have done this. I swear it beats selling a digital picture for big bucks for me.
I can’t stop harping about how great a movement Help Portrait is. How much hope, dignity and respect a single picture gives to an individual. Some of the recipients have never had a proper photo of themselves in their lives.
The older boys beamed with pride at the handsome faces in the photos.
Some boys said they were going to give their picture to their mother. Awww.. I can’t imagine a mother never ever having had a picture of her child or with her child.
This was a bunch of really great kids. We let a couple of them hold our cameras and they went wild. It was endearing to see them feel so proud of the opportunity to shoot with a DSLR and the way they held on so tightly and carefully with the gadgets.
This was the shot one of the boys took with our camera. We love it!
There’s a bunch of us who love doing the Help Portrait. And we are targeting to shoot portraits for 1,700 kids in Diepsloot in the next few months. We need to spend R5 (~SGD0.90) to print and mount each picture. And in the longer run, the way we have been managing the cost (i.e. on our own) is not sustainable. Especially since we are targeting to give out 25,000 portraits this year for the actual Help Portrait exercise.
I hate asking for cash contributions because I know it’s always harder for people to give cash than to give old clothes or blankets. But this is a really important mission. We need to raise funds so that we can keep doing what we do.
So, here I am.. asking for everyone to pause for a moment and consider contributing SGD5.00 or more. SGD5.00 will help us give up to 5 kids a photo of themselves. It is a huge deal.
SGD5.00 is half a movie ticket or a lunch meal to us. But it would give to many less privileged people out there a picture of themselves or of their family that they will cherish for life.
Please contribute SGD5.00 or more via local Singapore bank transfer. Kindly email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform me when you have made a contribution. All contributors will be kept updated on the usage of funds.
[Update - The only mode of contribution I can offer on a public platform at the moment is Singapore bank transfer. If you wish to contribute via other channels, please contact me at email@example.com. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.]
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What is Help Portrait?
Watch this video. It says everything about what it is.