Hi All: Just arrived back in Tanzania. I carried lots of equipment with me this trip to establish Under the Same Sun’s Media department in Dar es Salaam. Another great program by Peter Ash. All the equipment, 6 huge crates arrived and we only got stuck in customs for a few hours. We will go through all items today then begin a training program for the staff. Should be awesome.We are traveling on Monday to Kagama to visit a young girl who survived an attack as well as a school that has turned into a refugee camp where people with albinism and their children have fled. (near the border of Burundi) Terrifying! It’s pouring here in Dar and I have a view of the sea from my room. So beautiful. Such contrast.
Our Spring benefit was a smashing success. We had about 250 guests and raised over $75,000. It was awesome. So many old friends and new faces. We not only exceeded our goals but also introduced Positive Exposure to lots of amazing new supporters… .
I would like to thank Ralph Rucci for his support and absolute generosity and his constant support and inspiration encouraging me always to believe in my instincts, to see, to accept, to embrace and celebrate unique vision and beauty without compromise. I also would like to thank Rosina Rucci who has worked tirelessly promoting and supporting Positive Exposure. Believing in not only our mission, but also believing in each and every one of these stunning kids. And Vivian Van Natta, as amazing and busy as they are there at Chado, Viv has always been an integral part of this evening’s success.
I’d also like to thank Miche Griffin who has helped make this benefit SHINE.
The benefit will help Positive Exposure develop and reproduce sustainable programs and curricula that will reach more medical professionals, students, legislators, and communities worldwide. To help us reach more kids living with genetic syndromes and help us develop the portable and sustainable tools needed to empower these kids and enable them to be advocates for themselves, changing public perceptions and attitudes towards difference beginning with their own communities. The proceeds from the benefit will help us partner with more support groups and communities worldwide, to inspire individuals, families and friends to see the beauty in these gorgeous kids and to reshape and redefine the boundaries of beauty to include all difference. Donations from the event will further develop Positive Exposure programs in communities where prejudices, discrimination, ignorance leads to human rights violations, ie: the murder for body parts in Tanzania. Support will help us throughout Africa to develop portable and sustainable initiatives in partnership with governments and existing local NGOs to abolish such ignorance creating tools needed to mobilize communities to accept and embrace all difference. Joanna Rudnick from Kartemquin Films presented a few clips from our documentary. This film will be incredible. THANK YOU EVERYONE, FOR YOUR SUPPORT….