Here's the story.
Jessie Stone left traditional medicine in pursuit of a life as a professional whitewater kayaker. Her journey eventually lead her to Uganda and the White Nile. Part of her kayaking group fell ill to malaria and she took care of them. And that started it all.
She saw the need for cheap mosquito netting as a preventative measure against malaria and Soft Power Health was born. She is now celebrating Soft Power Heath's fifth anniversary and is also opening her fifth clinic in the area, focusing on malaria education, prevention and control, family planning and primary and preventative healthcare. To date, her organization has sold more than 45,000 mosquito nets and educated more than 100,000 people.
Jessie still kayaks... everyday. And she is on the USA Freestyle Kayak Team.
Basically, the world needs a GOOD story, and Jessie is GOOD People (grammar is incorrect here but it's a saying).
I am going to tell her story.
I have my plane ticket, vaccinations, visa, the whole shebang. I am leaving on Feb. 23 and return March 11, 2011.
I am going to shoot this story in still photographs and in video (with the same camera, crazy right!). I will of course gather audio as well.
The main goal of this mission is to share Jessie's story AND Jessie's work. I want to help bring attention to what she is doing as I think this can have a positive effect on her organization and ultimately the people she helps.
I work with a lot of editors in the magazine world. I will be keeping them in the loop and pushing full photo stories to as many outlets as possible. Of course, that doesn't mean I won't push single images from the project too :).
I also work with a darn good photo agency that will help me spread the GOOD word (www.auroraphotos.com).
The video and audio assets of the project are meant to create a final multimedia piece that can be used online, or really, just about everywhere except in print magazines.
We're covering all of the bases here folks.
Here is why I need your help.
Bottom line, Jessie's story needs to be told.
The editorial world has had a really tough go in this down economy and no magazine is going to pay to send me to Africa no matter how good the story is (except for maybe one). Magazines do get excited when you say you have already shot the project though.
Your support will go to paying expenses for my plane ticket and excess baggage (yes, I have to take a kayak all the way to Uganda), vaccinations, local travel, food and other miscellaneous expenses on the trip. Roughly $3,500.
When I get back, I want to hire a video editor to work with me on pulling the multimedia presentation together (I wear a lot of hats, but you have to draw the line somewhere). This will also include any licensing agreements for music, etc... Roughly $5,000.
Lastly, there are some amazing Rewards for helping this project along and they will cost some mula as well. Reaching $8,500 in funding will still put that on the house, but that is okay because it will mean we were able to reach the full potential of this project.
Let's do this!
Feel free to learn more about me and my work at www.trevorclarkphoto.com.
- (53 days)