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We'll teach photo & storytelling to refugees at the Beldangi camp. Exhibits will be held at the camp, in Kathmandu and in Denver.

Damak, Nepal Photography
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We made it! We love you, backers! Now we can add an extra special stretch goal. If we make it to $14,000 by Friday morning, we will be able to create a hard cover book with premium paper that tells the story of Picture.Me.Here. from 2012 until today, including our Nepal project! This book will feature select photos and stories from all of our participants to date and will also feature instructors' photos. We will be able to sell this on our website and at exhibits to continue generating interest and support for our growing program.

Picture.Me.Here (PMH) is a photographic, digital storytelling program for refugees based in Denver. We teach photography, audio and video storytelling as powerful communication tools for social engagement, community building and integration. PMH projects culminate in exhibits and events that bring together diverse groups to view photographs, hear stories and build new friendships.

Some of Picture.Me.Here's First Participants - Mongali, Pabitra, Hari and Lachni. These women lived in the Beldangi camp. (Photo by Erin Preston)
Some of Picture.Me.Here's First Participants - Mongali, Pabitra, Hari and Lachni. These women lived in the Beldangi camp. (Photo by Erin Preston)

Our participants often express how much they wish they had a camera while still living in the camps. This inspired an idea that will soon become a reality! In April 2014, PMH cofounders Lauren Dorn, Erin Preston and Brigid McAuliffe will venture to Nepal to the Beldangi refugee camp where many of our participants once lived. We will bring cameras, provide interpreters and teach two weeks of classes with 20 participants. We'll work with participants that will soon resettle in Colorado. The participants will keep the cameras after we leave, so they can continue documenting their lives and the journey of resettlement. We'll continue working with them when they arrive in Colorado!

We’ll have three exhibits featuring their work, one in Denver, one in Kathmandu and a wheatpasting exhibit in the camp (a form of street art) that we will install with our Beldangi participants. Our exhibits in Aurora and Kathmandu will open on World Refugee Day (June 20th, 2014).

2013 participants Anjana, Jamuna, Pabitra and Mon practice framing. They also lived at the Beldangi camp. (Photo by Brigid McAuliffe)
2013 participants Anjana, Jamuna, Pabitra and Mon practice framing. They also lived at the Beldangi camp. (Photo by Brigid McAuliffe)

With your support we will be able to travel to Nepal, provide two weeks of photography and storytelling classes, purchase cameras and additional supplies for 20 participants, curate three exhibits and create some wonderful rewards for you. $12,000 is the minimum needed to cover these basics. If we surpass these goals, we will be able to produce higher quality books and exhibits, and possibly a short documentary about the project. So the more support we receive, the more we can do! If/when this happens, we will provide a detailed list of "stretch goals" for the project. Your donation can be partly tax deductible (minus the value of the reward). Please contact us for details.

PMH Participant Maria told us,"This photo is about my sister. She looks out window. She want to be like princess Diana." (Photo by Maria Mu)
PMH Participant Maria told us,"This photo is about my sister. She looks out window. She want to be like princess Diana." (Photo by Maria Mu)

The United Nations Refugee Agency will grant us access to the camps and help us find participants that may soon resettle to Denver. Family members of our current participants still live in the camp and we hope to work with them. We will bring photos and stories by our local participants to share their perspectives of living in the United States. We hope to foster an international dialogue between our Denver participants and those still living in Nepal.

Photo by Paw Hla, "This photo is of my family and we all relaxing and this is the only day we can see each other. It is Saturday night."
Photo by Paw Hla, "This photo is of my family and we all relaxing and this is the only day we can see each other. It is Saturday night."

We will also collaborate with the Youth Friendly Center, a youth leadership organization in the camp that will continue to offer guidance to the participants after we leave. We will leave the cameras with the organization so that the participants can continue to document their lives. By starting at this critical point the Beldangi participants will be able to document the people and places they must leave behind, the long journey to their new home and their first impressions of resettlement. They will also be welcomed by the PMH community when they arrive in Colorado. 

Tashi talks about her photographs with a new friend. (Photo by Jen LaVista)
Tashi talks about her photographs with a new friend. (Photo by Jen LaVista)

With your support we can make this adventure a reality! We hope you'll pledge - any amount is greatly appreciated. Honestly we will send you loads of virtual hugs and high fives. Please spread the word and encouragement by sharing our campaign with your friends, family and colleagues. The rewards we're offering will show you how grateful we are, and how much we want you to be there with us every step of the way. Your donation can be partly tax deductible (minus the value of the reward) due to our non profit partner, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Please contact us with questions. 

We thank you in advance and please know that you will be part of this exciting project... one that celebrates the universal language of photography and the power of sharing stories… one that empowers voices that deserve to be heard.    

We are very grateful for your support.

धेरै धेरै धन्यवाद

(Thank you so much in Nepali)

Brigid, Erin and Lauren

Taken at the 2012 Exhibit at PlatteForum (Photo by Avery Bang)
Taken at the 2012 Exhibit at PlatteForum (Photo by Avery Bang)

Here is what some of our students have to say about learning photography and the Picture.Me.Here. program:

 

Risks and challenges

Traveling to relatively remote areas of a developing country always has its challenges. We imagine that getting all photo files back to the US shouldn't be a problem, but you never know. We will constantly back up our files to multiple hard drives to ensure that all the files are happy and in tact.

We cannot control how long it will take the Nepalese postal system to get your postcards to you, however we will be putting our best thoughts forward. It may take a little while.

The exhibit in Kathmandu will also be a challenge since we will have to be creative with how the photos are printed and exhibited. It's possible that we will stay a bit longer in Nepal to have them printed in Kathmandu. However, we cannot promise that both exhibits will be exactly the same. We can promise that the exhibit in both Denver and Kathmandu will tell a great story and it's one we hope you will like.

Designing magazines and books showcasing the photographs and stories take a lot of time and patience. They can also take some time to get printed. We are excited to make these for those of you pledging at that level. These items will reach you by the end of August, but perhaps earlier. We appreciate your patience!

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    Good karma and high fives are coming your way! A shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver.

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    Art in your mailbox! - a handwritten postcard featuring a photo by a participant in Nepal with a caption written by them. A shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver.

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    Receive international mail art! A personalized hand written postcard sent to you from Nepal. And of course a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver.

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    Decorate your space! with a 8x10 photographic print by a participant. Or send some snail mail to friends and family with a 5 pack of postcards! And of course a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver.

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    Get crafty! With a 12x14 xerox copy of a photo and wheat pasting instructions to decorate the walls of your city (or alley at least). Also a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver.

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    Dress smart! T-shirt with PMH logo and quote printed by “A Small Print Shop” + 8x10 print (+ a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver)

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    Decorate your space with an even larger print! with an 11x14 photographic print by a participant or instructor. (And of course a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver)

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    Who doesn't like a gift from a friend from a foreign country? We’ll hand select a beautiful handmade artisanal gift from Nepal just for you. Get ready for a surprise!

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    Be one of the first! with a 8x8 30 page magazine of photographs and text by PMH staff and participants in Nepal (+ 8x10 print, a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver).

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    Be a PMH Star! with a VIP ticket to a private reception/viewing of the exhibit before it's open to the public (including a presentation by PMH staff) + 8x10 print (+ a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver).

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    Geek out! on a 50 page soft cover coffee table book featuring photographs and text by participants and staff from the project (+ a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver)

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    Get a bit fancy! with a 16x20 print of your choice printed on canvas and ready to hang! (+ a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver)

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    Fill your head with photographic knowledge! A 2014 Workshop at Colorado Photographic Arts Center (limit 1:conditions apply - please contact CPAC with questions) + 8x10 print, shout out on facebook, name on exhibit wall and VIP ticket to exhibit.

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    PMH Paparazzi Special! Denver or Boulder Portrait session by Erin, Brigid or Birendra with a PMH participant assisting (8x10 print, shout out on facebook, name on exhibit wall and VIP ticket to exhibit. )

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    Educate your friends! Afternoon photography or digital storytelling workshop for your organization/business or friends taught by Brigid and Erin with a PMH participant assisting (8x10 print, shout out on facebook, name on exhibit wall and VIP ticket to exhibit)

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    Update that website! with head shots for your business or organization (for up to 20 employees) by Erin or Brigid with a PMH assistant (+ 8x10 print, shout out on facebook, name on exhibit wall and VIP ticket to exhibit. )

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    Be unique! with an audio story with you, your family or friends (StoryCorps style). We will even add visuals to create a video version if you have photos or other artifacts that fit the story (+ 8x10 print, shout out on facebook, name on exhibit wall and VIP ticket to exhibit. )

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    Be a number one fan! Receive a book made just for you featuring the photographs and stories of one of our participants in Nepal + two large prints: a portrait of the participant and an image they select just for you (+ 8x10 print, shout out on facebook, name on exhibit wall and VIP ticket to exhibit. )

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    Be adventurous! Join us in 2015 for our next international program + a shout out on Facebook and your name on the exhibit wall in Denver. (Travel expenses not included.) (+ 8x10 print, shout out on facebook, name on exhibit wall and VIP ticket to exhibit. )

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    Be on camera! With a short video telling the story of your organization/business, or capturing a special event (wedding, reunion, etc…) If outside of Denver/Boulder area, travel expenses to be covered by the donor. Produced by Brigid and Erin and a PMH assistant. (+8x10 print, shout out on facebook, name on exhibit wall and VIP ticket to exhibit.) Contact us with questions.

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