4th Annual Jouk Li Jou Kan Photo 2014 – Fundraiser for our Youth Photo Camp


Countdown – 0 day left! This year we’re doing some fast and furious fundraising and we need your help to reach our goal! This is a home grown campaign, and all donors receive beautiful gifts of student cards, photos and calendars. Progress is updated automatically and you can donate by Paypal, credit card or send a check. Please take a look at our 2014 Wish List of equipment and supplies, and share the campaign. Together we can make it happen for these amazing students! Click either the CONTRIBUTE button (after entering the amount of your gift in the little box) or choose a perk down below. Big thanks from Guy and Jen and the entire Jouk Li Jou Team!

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Our advanced photography students are eager to learn about business opportunities to put their creative skills to work in Haiti.

The youth of Haiti have almost no tools to take part in the modern world. Our program helped them take a first step with cameras, and now we’re taking greater strides teaching business development, computer classes, and job training.

We need your help to continue providing this critical training and empower 32 advanced photography students ages 12-21 during our 10-day Photo Camp in July and August in Jacmel, Haiti, called Jouk Li Jou Kan Foto. Jouk Li Jou is a Haitian saying that means working hard to see a better life, and we’ll keep fighting to the end.

Our fourth annual Jouk Li Jou Kan Foto/Youth Photo Camp is all about creating employment opportunities for youth from Cité Soleil and Jacmel, who work together learning vital skills to help them shape their futures. This project furnishes the resources for them to photograph local daily assignments along with learning to edit and process the images, how to set-up and learn the business of running a photo studio, to receive one on one computer training, and create resumes all with the help of a volunteer team of professional photojournalists and technicians.

Our headquarters for Jouk Li Jou Kan Foto is based at Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel – a poor yet beautiful historical seaside town known for its artisans. The students will be creating images for postcards, shooting portraits for children’s organizations in a photo studio, working with locals in a mobile outdoor studio, and documenting their environment. This year an outdoor community slideshow presentation where family and friends come together to celebrate their community and the students’ work will replace our usual month long exhibition so more time can be dedicated to daily workshops.

Why We Need Your Support

There is no other training like this anywhere in Haiti, and these kids absolutely need it to become successful artists with the ability to provide for themselves and their families. Your support will have a positive and direct impact improving and uplifting the lives of impoverished youth, as well as empowering them to promote opportunities and progress within their own community.

Your funding will go toward sponsoring children from Cité Soleil, one of Haiti’s most impoverished shantytowns located in Port-au-Prince, to attend the Jacmel Photo Camp. We hire local drivers and pay lodging and transportation for translators that have worked with us during our previous Photo Camps. We also need photography and computer equipment and supplies, business workbooks for each student, badges, and printers – all detailed out on our 2014 Wish List.

These students are photo ambassadors learning how to share and inform people about Haiti from a Haitian point of view. With the simple addition of a camera, and the technical training, children become more a part of their own society to make it better. When you contribute to our program, you are helping Djimmy, Fedno, Silienne, and all of our students get the vital skills they need to use photography as a means to earn a living, receive critical training to give them an advantage in other endeavors, qualify these youth to have the confidence and the tools to give back to their own communities, and appreciate the beauty and dignity of their own expression.

The support we receive from you, our investors, will have a direct impact on the futures of these talented budding photojournalists, and you will receive their beautiful photos on cards, prints, and our limited edition calendars when you make a donation.

The Impact

The photographic and computer skills, business  and technical training, group dynamics, and community involvement are accomplished because of resources we can provide and organize along with the experience of volunteer professionals – simple tools otherwise unattainable that can completely change the path of a child’s life with new possibilities giving them more options for their future.

These students are already taking advantage of opportunities with what they’ve learned in our Photography Workshops. Fedno Lubin is shooting assignments for local and international organizations, as well as documenting all activities at ACFFC. Silienne Placide wants to know how to become a good businesswoman, how to be successful with customers, how to shoot weddings, and to pass on this knowledge to the younger kids. In Cité Soleil, Djimmy Desulme has been shooting weddings, funerals, and graduations. 

Feedback from student questionnaires reflects their thirst for more business training and accepting challenges, and this year we are presenting business classes for all students with accompanying workbooks, basic studio planning, and resume writing workshops, along with more indoor and outdoor studio training.

Haiti is often depicted as violent and dangerous in the foreign press. During the Photography Workshops held after the earthquake of January 2010, students challenged themselves to take better photographs than the non-Haitian journalists as well as to reflect their country in a more honest way. In February 2010, some of their work was published on the New York Times Lens Blog (http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/behind-33/ ), eight were hired by the Globe and Mail to document the rebuilding of Jacmel, and they were invited by galleries to have exhibitions in four cities throughout the United States. During the past four years, their work has been displayed in exhibits throughout the U.S., locally here in Pacifica, and in Jacmel. In return these street kids who are usually ignored have built confidence, learned practical skills, their minds are opened to new possibilities and options, and they produced beautiful photos shared in public spaces.

2014 Jouk Li Jou Kan Foto – July 26 – August 5, 2014

Outdoor Photography Slideshow Presentation for the Community is Saturday August 2, 2014, on Rue St. Anne.