Recently I did event photography for my friend Azam who did a fundraiser to allow her to bring clothing to underprivileged children in Tanzania through the NEEMA Project. Azam is a student and heard about NEEMA and knew she could do something to help. She decided to do a clothing drive to collect clothing for infants and children and will be going to Tanzania to deliver the clothes herself (and make a few memories of course)!
Sadly, she does not have the budget to bring along her own personal photographer (I already asked about 57 times) 😭
The NEEMA Project is, in their own words:
NEEMA is a US Non-profit and Community Based Organization in Kenya providing skills training, counseling and discipleship to vulnerable young women from Kitale and surrounding villages.
As the evening went on a fair number of people showed up, bought raffle tickets, and dropped off clothing for the clothing drive. People sat, chatted with Azam, drank tea and got excited about the trip. I was there and brought my wife and a fellow photographer; Monte, from Fly in the Eye studio. We may or may not have nerded out over photography stuff while my wife rolled her eyes and drank tea.
As the evening progressed I shot happy family and friends in front of the big poster, but mostly had fun just chilling out with an amazing young lady out to change the world.
At the end of the evening there was a raffle with some fun prizes from David’s Tea.
You can interact and find out how to donate to the NEEMA Project by checking out their Facebook page.
Oh, a big shout out to SippChai café, which not only was kind enough to let Azam and her friends setup the fundraiser there, but also is a wonderful menu of delicious teas, of which I have to recommend the chai tea latte as my favourite (though the masala chai is a close runner up).