By Rey Buenaventura for The Compassionate Eye Foundation
After three successful years, Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) is proud to announce its continued support of two small-scale, community directed projects headed by the Canada-Comitancillo Alliance for Rural Health, otherwise known as Alianza. Out of a desire to enact positive change for the women of Comitancillo, Guatemala, Alianza has developed both the Prenatal/Post delivery Health & Education Program & the Grandmothers Program. Both programs aim to empower mothers and grandmothers who lack sufficient economic resources, information and knowledge to make positive decisions about their health & well-being.
Living in an area with almost non-existent health services, Comitancillo’s expectant mothers often suffer from serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which puts them at increased risk of giving birth to babies that are predisposed to serious infections and delayed development. The Prenatal/Post delivery Health & Education Program aims to teach family planning methods, provide a forum for mutual support and reduce the likelihood of newborn illness and mortality due to malnutrition. This program is designed to help support 20 economically vulnerable women who are expecting their first child. The women taking part in the twelve month program are provided with essential supplies, such as nutritional supplements, healthy snacks, baby clothes and blankets. As well, they receive educational support to empower them with the knowledge they need to have a successful pregnancy.
The Grandmother’s Group Program is a health & education program that seeks to create a safe and welcoming environment for some of the region’s most socially isolated & economically vulnerable women aged 65 or over. Through a series of monthly meetings, the Grandmother’s Group creates a cooperative, support network that allows the women to share their personal stories in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Local health & community professionals are also invited to speak on various issues of concern. As well, the women are provided with essential supplies such as medications & basic foods to reduce the effects of malnutrition.
CEF is pleased that its continuing partnership with Alianza is having a positive impact on the Mayan-Mam communities in Guatemala. We wish to thank all of CEF’s supporters for their assistance & contribution in making this project a success. 100% of the funds provided by CEF go directly to both Alianza’s programs. We also wish to thank all of CEF’s supporters for their assistance & contribution in making these projects a reality.
To learn more about the various projects that Compassionate Eye Foundation supports, please visit www.compassionateeye.org
Cherry Mae Magbual for Compassionate Eye Foundation
Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF), in partnership with Friends for Zambia Society, has extended educational opportunities in Lilayi, Zambia by providing funding to build the third and final classroom block at the Twitti School.
This will be a three-classroom building. Together with a remaining construction of a library/administration building, the three-classroom block will complete the Twitti School as a Basic School, providing space for 350 to 400 children from preschool to grade 9.
Matthew Pattinson, Project Lead, Compassionate Eye Foundation
Like many small villages in Guatemala, the people of Tuixoquel have limited options when it comes to earning a living. To help improve economic sustainability, in 2008, Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) aligned in with “As Green As It Gets”, an organization based out of Antigua, Guatemala, that provides agricultural income producing alternatives to local villagers. The non-profit works alongside members of the community and builds their capacity through teaching new skills, improved agricultural techniques and providing ongoing support.
Sue Dick, Education Chairperson and Project Lead, Compassionate Eye Foundation
At the beginning of the year Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) proudly announced its extended engagement in Sierra Leone. To promote the quality of education and to build literacy in the country, CEF joined with CAUSE Kids by providing support to two programs:
The Peer Literacy Program gives 20 girls from the secondary school system the opportunity to be seen as leaders in their community in their role as tutors. This exciting and innovative program also enhances the girls’ education and that of 500 primary school students they teach.
TheTextbooks Program involves supplying 12 schools in remote areas of Sierra Leone with a complete set of textbooks and Teacher Manuals for 72 teachers and 3,600 students at the elementary level.
We are pleased to report that both projects are taking shape.
Deb Penninga, CAUSE Kids Canadian Program Manager, considers the first stage of the pilot Peer Literacy Program to be a great success. Deb visited Sierra Leone and saw the progress first hand. She reported that teachers were supportive, students were responsive and students who attended the program regularly demonstrated a marked improvement in their reading skills.
Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) is pleased to have been selected to participate in Vancouver’s 3rd Annual Timeraiser. Timeraiser is a unique way to for skilled motivated volunteers to meet not-for-profit agencies organizations like CEF. Volunteers bid on art and in turn pledge hours in the community.
Timeraiser will be held at The Roundhouse Community Centre (Yaletown in Vancouver, B.C.) on Thursday September 23rd, 2010 at 7 p.m. Come visit us and take a part in making a difference in the lives of many.
Please visit Timeraiser.ca for full details and look under the Vancouver tab.
Note: CEF will be advertising a variety of volunteer positions on Timeraiser.ca shortly.
Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) periodically receives thank-you letters by students and parents from Mayan-Mam communities in Guatemala, supported through its educational projects and programs. We are happy to share the following translated letters (from Guatemala); one by a student, and another by a parent, describing the educational opportunities CEF has helped bring about within their community. One community at a time, with your support, CEF is making a difference in the lives of many.
From a student, from third year Basico
“Through this letter, I send you my best wishes for success in your everyday tasks. I like to study and to learn a lot of things. We take physical education courses and I attend the technical operator course in computers at Comitancillo where I have learned to use Word, Excel and Power Point Programs. This year, I hope to complete all my subjects satisfactorily and, for the following year, I hope to follow a career. I remain grateful for your support.”
From a parent
“I am very happy because my children attend classes every day from Monday to Friday. We are very pleased with the program Pre Primera since our children have the opportunity to study. My children leave the house at 7:00 in the morning to attend classes at 8:00 a.m. and they return home at 2:00 p.m. Even though they must walk two hours a day, this is not important. The most important is that they learn new things. Thanks to all the donors.”
Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) and the producers of the annual Summer Solstice Shoots in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Vancouver in Canada, are asking for your support.
We need models of all ages and ethnicity
Families (parents 30’s-50’s, kids ages 5-16)
Real multi-generational families a plus!
Young Adults (ages 18-24)
Men (ages 20’s-70)
Women (ages 20-70)
Kids (ages 5-17)
Furthermore we are looking for
hair & makeup
For more information please contact via email in:
Los Angeles, Andrea Rosenfeld,
Seattle and San Francisco, Kari Pearson,
New York, Dawn Bauer,
Vancouver in Canada, Sarah Tesla,
The images produced by award-winning photographers around June 21st are donated to Compassionate Eye Foundation.
The joint efforts of the stock photography industry’s top photographers and producers, art directors and other highly experienced professionals continue to provide ongoing funding that supports individuals and communities in need around the world.
Since the Summer Solstice Shoots were first held in 2006, the funds generated through image sales on gettyimages.com have supported educational projects and programs in Guatemala, South Africa, Sierra Leone, India and a number of income and livelihood enterprises in Ethiopia.
Kari Pearson, Creative Director, Compassionate Eye Foundation
Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) is looking for locations for its 5th Summer Solstice Shoots in
The images produced by award-winning photographers around June 21st are donated to the non-profit.
We are specifically looking for homes (with photo friendly interiors/exteriors/lawns),modern businesses and medical offices with natural light. Spaces that are open, light and bright and not cluttered. We also are looking for a yachtor a sailboat.
If you can donate one or more of those locations for one day shoot, please provide images of the location via email to:
Thanks for your support!
Your donation and the joint efforts of the stock photography industry’s top photographers and producers, art directors and other highly experienced professionals continue to provide ongoing funding that supports individuals and communities in need around the world.
Since the Summer Solstice Shoots were first held in 2006, the funds generated through image sales on gettyimages.com have supported educational projects and programs in Guatemala, South Africa, Sierra Leone, India and a number of income and livelihood enterprises in Ethiopia.To learn more about projects Compassionate Eye Foundation supports visit www.compassionateeye.org
Kari Pearson Creative Director
Compassionate Eye Foundation
[Note: Images for this posting are provided by CEF contributing photographers: Robert Kent and Justin Pumfrey. Explore the CEF collection on gettyimages.com]
For the second year in a row, Sue Dick, Compassionate Eye Foundation’s (CEF) Education Chair, has been honoured with the McCarthy Tétrault Volunteer Recognition Award. Since her induction as a CEF board member, she has developed CEF’s education action plan in Guatemala, Lai in India, and Sierra Leone.
Sue met members of CEF at a fundraising event in Vancouver in the spring of 2007. She quickly learned that this would be a great organization to work with in fulfilling a life long dream of building a classroom in Guatemala. As Sue worked with the CEF board members to fulfill this dream, she was drawn to their innovative funding model and passion to help those in developing nations.
Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) welcomes Kari Pearson as its Creative Director.
Seattle-based Kari Pearson joins the Summer Solstice Production team developing a comprehensive creative production concept for the annual, worldwide photo shoots. She also acts as lead liaison between executive producers in Canada, U.S, and U.K. and CEF’s Production Chair, Rob Daly. Furthermore, Kari will work together with participating photographers offering art direction guidelines for this year’s shoots.
Kari possesses the rare combination of a keen, artful eye for fashion & lifestyle photography, and art direction, as well as a calm, capable head for project organisation and shoot production. She draws on twelve years of experience at Getty Images to inform her current freelance career. Extensive travels (Asia, Latin America, Europe), big budgets, small budgets, location scouting, casting, cost and trend analysis, negotiations, and collaborators are the stuff of life for the Art Institute-educated, Southwest Washington native. Kari Pearson’s photos have been published on TrendLand’s online fashion site, Seattle Met magazine, and in addition, received art direction accolades as featured in PDN.
Compassionate Eye Foundation is delighted to be working with Kari, and looks forward to the 5th Summer Solstice Shoots as the images will continue to provide ongoing funding for the non-profit’s philanthropic efforts.
Since the Summer Solstice Shoots were first held in 2006, the funds generated through image licensing with Getty Images have supported individuals and communities in Guatemala, South Africa, Sierra Leone, India and Ethiopia.