Local photographer Reggie Sheldon Tidwell writes, “I’m on the Board for LEAF and am heading to Rwanda to support LEAF and another non-profit organization (Africa Healing Exchange) that has a pilot program there. I’ll be taking gifts from LEAF to the orphans and photographing them while I’m there.”
In 2009, Tidwell, photographed Mizero, a group of Rwandan orphans who tour and perform, when they visited White Horse/Black Mountain. Read about the event here: http://www.mountainx.com/article/21132/Wonderful-photos-from-the-Rwandan-childrens-performance-in-Black-Mountain-last-weekend
and see Tidwell’s photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/curvetheory/sets/72157612705139405 .
Tidwell’s trip begins on Monday, Aug. 19. He’ll post journal entries and photos daily on his web site: http://www.curvetheory.com/AfricanJourney .
He is also collecting contributions toward his travel, which is largely self-funded. “Thanks to a generous donor, the flight to Johannesburg was covered,” Tidwell posted earlier, but since, “there was a fire at the Nairobi Airport that has effect our travel from Johannesburg to Kigali. Tickets have escalated in price, so contributions are needed and greatly appreciated.”
Donate here: http://www.curvetheory.com/AfricanJourney