Changing Lenses, Changing Lives was established in 2014 to ease the suffering of vulnerable children in developing countries, beginning in Kenya. Our aim is to change their harsh realities into their dreams.
This vision will be achieved by sponsorships and other programs to keep children healthy and in school. Education is the best way for the vulnerable to pull themselves out of poverty.
We give children in Kenya:
God gave me this task over five years ago, and he has not let me back away from it (believe me, I tried at first). The project moved forward in the summer of 2014 when I took 30 digital cameras to Kenya and had AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children photograph their environments, teaching them how they could change their perspectives with a simple change of the camera’s lens. For the first time in their lives, they were given a voice to show the world their Kenya. I am in the process of writing a book containing their images. It will be titled My Kenya: Changing Vulnerable Children’s Reality into Their Dreams. The book will be used to raise money and awareness for their cause.
In addition to taking pictures for the book, the children also responded to questionnaires about their images and their lives. In the questionnaire, I asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. Their answers ranged from doctors to teachers to jet pilots to business people. Not one person answered that they wanted to be a peasant farmer, which is what most of their parents are. Those who are employed, at least. The harsh reality for these children is that unless something changes, they have little hope of becoming more than a peasant farmer. A simple sponsorship is the change they need to be able to change their lives.