A documentary about Shekhinah Clinic, which offers free healthcare and meals to the mentally ill and handicapped of Tamale, Ghana.
NEW STRETCH GOAL! Let's get to $10,500 by Saturday, April 27 at 3:00pm EDT!
Thanks SO much to everyone who has participated in getting us to the initial $10,000 goal. If you haven't yet contributed, It's not too late! We will put every penny we make into making the project better (i.e. renting higher quality equipment) and helping us shoulder fees. Thanks for your support!
Now if you pledge at the $5 level OR ABOVE, you'll get a digital download of an original song from the soundtrack. We have had offers from a few musicians who are interested in donating their time and skills to the project. Stay tuned while we choose the one that best fits the film! If you've already pledged, don't worry, you'll still have access to the download!
Meet Dr. David Abdulai.
Dr. David Abdulai was born in Tamale, Ghana as one of 11 children, all of whom eventually died from curable diseases related to malnutrition. As an adolescent, he hitchhiked to southern Ghana to work on a farm and finish senior high school. Through the aid of scholarships, Dr. Abdulai was able to put himself through medical school. After studying and practicing medicine in the United Kingdom and Austria, Dr. Abdulai returned to his hometown of Tamale with his wife, Doris, to start Shekhinah Clinic, a free clinic for anyone who cannot afford medical care. Together, David and Doris Abdulai, along with a team of volunteers, provide healthcare and daily meals to over 200 of the city's destitute.
The Abdulais take a loving, holistic approach to medical care. Dr. Abdulai strongly believes that love and friendship are equally as important as medicine and surgery in the process of healing. He is not afraid to literally and figuratively embrace the social outcasts of his community: the mentally ill, handicapped, and lepers who are often marginalized.
Doris Abdulai runs the food program at Shekhinah Clinic, and with a team of volunteers she delivers over 200 meals per day. The clinic owns one truck that hauls the meal deliveries over rough dirt roads each day.
The documentary will show Dr. Abdulai on his rounds at the clinic as well as show Doris and the volunteers on the meal delivery route to show how their incredible joy, humility, and dedication are changing lives.
Meet the Team
Katrina Moore (director) is a graduate student in the Food Studies program at New York University. After getting a BA in theatre and an AA in culinary arts, she is excited to bring her love of storytelling and food together in this project. Katrina travelled to Ghana last summer to study global food security and the cocoa supply chain, which is her main squeeze in the Food Studies program. The documentary will act as her Master's thesis. Katrina lives and works in Brooklyn.
Charlie Ainslie (videographer) is a commercial photographer and videographer from Seattle, Washington. Her passion for photography, specifically photojournalism, developed on a photography/volunteer trip to Cambodia after graduating from the University of San Francisco. From then on she decided to devote her career to photography with an emphasis in working with non-profits. Charlie went back to school at the Art Institute of Seattle, and received a degree in Commercial Photography. Since graduating she has taken her photography around the United States, South East Asia, and Africa. The overall mission of her work is to inspire social change. In addition to photography and travel, Charlie also enjoys theatre, yoga, and has a minor obsession with pugs.
How we're using the funds
I know $10,000 seems like a lot, but it's a shoestring budget for a film project. The funds we receive from this campaign will toward:
- Two round-trip plane tickets to Tamale, Ghana
- Equipment rentals for the three-week shooting period
- Translator services for the three-week shooting period
- Travel, food, and accommodations within Ghana
- Travel visas and immunizations
Thanks for your contribution! We need YOU to make this project happen!
Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding source, which means that you're not simply purchasing an item and getting it at your door in a few days. Instead, you are joining us in creating a project that we are passionate about, and hopefully you are, too! The result is that you get to be part of the experience of creating this inspiring film.
How to get started:
Step 1. Decide which Pledge description you like.
Step 2. Create a Kickstarter account and determine your payment method.
Step 3. If our campaign is successful, your account will be charged at the end of the 30 days and your reward is secured. If we do not reach our total goal, then you will NOT be charged.
Step 4. Spread the word! Tweets, Facebook shares, blog posts, tumbles, pins -- any and all efforts will help reach those who feel as strongly about this project as we do!
Acknowledgements and Attributions
Thanks to all of you who are making this project possible! Most of the images in the video were shot by the director, Katrina, but it was also made possible with content permitted by:
Music from Free Music Archive:
and "Paulemond a Ye Nsinga Ndinga" by Njembe Gwet Paulemond.
Images by Shekhinah-Hilfe e.V., from the Shekhinah Clinic website.
A big thank you to Catherine Luu for the use of her video and photo of Dr. Abdulai and Shekhinah Clinic!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Any project requiring travel involves some element of risk. From food poisoning to missed flights and dropped luggage, we're experienced travelers that have seen it all. We have both travelled to the African continent: Katrina to Ghana, Charlie to Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa, and we are prepared for the difficulties we might encounter.
Another challenge is the hesitation of many Ghanaians to be filmed by foreigners. We have permission to film the Abdulais, the volunteers, and the clinic, but we may encounter difficulties when filming in the city of Tamale, in areas such as the bustling market or while on the food delivery route. We don't yet know if we will encounter hesitation from citizens of Tamale, so we plan to prepare for this challenge by going on the food route without equipment first, to introduce ourselves and speak with each potential subject about the project.
Overall, we are confident that we will be able to problem-solve any difficulties that come our way.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.