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    Hi! We are a charity organization that travels to impoverished areas, teaches individuals living in the community basic camera skills, helps them capture their world, shares their story online, and sells their artwork. We then give the proceeds back to their community to supply lifeline needs. This is where we tell the stories of the adventures and people we meet - giving you a look at how it all happens. We hope you'll come back often!

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Announcing Project 1!

We are so very excited to announce our first project in Managua, Nicaragua this February as we partner with Project H.O.P.E.!!

We very much wanted our first project to be with the people, and for the people that inspired this journey.  It was seeing the world through their eyes that made us realize what we needed to do, so we felt it only right to give back to them first.  We find it very significant to start where it all began.  (For more information on how The Big Picture Project all began, please CLICK HERE)  Project H.O.P.E  is a mission helping the individuals in the Matare Village and beyond.  The individuals inhabiting the village had previously inhabited a village area near a lake.  The lake flooded and wiped out everything they owned, yet they had no where else to go, so with plastic and tin they lived in meager conditions and were barely surviving.  Project H.O.P.E. saw the need and made a difference, building slowly home after home.  Providing a way for these people to lead a better way of life.  What they have doesn’t seem like much to you and I, but a roof over their head and four walls means life to these people.  It’s a home.  Everyone deserves a place to call home.

* Since March of 1999, Project H.O.P.E. has built 1,096 homes in 32 communities around Nicaragua.

* Over 10 water wells have been drilled to ensure clean water to the people in the surrounding communities.

* Five schools have been constructed and four schools have received additional supplies, repairs and expansions.

* Every year over 9,000 people receive medical and dental care.

After seeing first hand what Project H.O.P.E. does for these people – we knew we wanted to partner with them.  After months of emails and meetings, they put their faith in us that we would make our dreams become a reality.  They saw our passion for the people in their village and believed we could help them to continue to provide for these people and others.  We are so thankful that they’ve given us the opportunity to prove ourselves – and prove that people matter to other people regardless of the circumstances they were born unto.  We hope that you will help us show these people living in these conditions that you care about them.  That you know their life matters, and their story should be shared.  We hope that you will open up your hearts to see what they DO have – in the big picture outweighs what they don’t have.

Come along with us on this journey!!!  A journey of hope.

Over the next month, we will share some stories about some of the people living in this village and some of the things we experienced while there.  We think you will understand why our hearts led us back to do more, and hopefully you will want to do more as well.  The best way for you to experience the magnitude of hope that these people give you is to witness it first hand.  To get perspective on life and real living you truly need to see it and to be in it.  However, most people just cannot make this opportunity a reality.  Kids, a mortgage, work, limited vacation time… there are so many obstacles that keep you from an experience such as this.  Everyone knows that they “should”, but it’s hard to make that materialize.  And thats where the Big Picture Project comes in.  We are your lifeline to actually seeing and feeling the conditions, the lives, the people, the story.  If you have the desire to be a part of something bigger – please join us by sponsoring a camera.  This opportunity is going to be life changing – for you and for the individuals you’ll be helping.  You will get a first hand look at this experience, you will be able to come with us on this adventure, you will get to meet someone in a third world country that will have an impact on your life… and you don’t even need to pack a bag.  Please come along with us by sponsoring a camera today!

 

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The Big Picture – and idea becomes a reality!

I remember it distinctly.  I know exactly where we were – we were leaving the grocery store and my son had just dropped a couple dollars into a donation box as you exit the store.  He was 11 years old at the time, and didn’t have much money to spare, so I questioned why he would have put his money in the donation box.  ”I like to give money to the needy.” he said, “I think when I grow up I want to own a charity.”  This is the moment that every parent should stop the car and hug your child for being so sweet.  What did I do?  I responded “That’s nice honey, but charities don’t make money, they give it away.  It’s great to give, but you won’t be able to afford things if you don’t have a job that makes money.”  (and the worst mother of all time award goes to…)  I ponder on that moment a lot lately.  The time I single handedly crushed a dream and encouraged wealth over compassion.  I think about that scene in the movie Pursuit of Happyness when Will Smith’s character says to his son “Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?  You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” Oh Will Smith… I wish I’d had enough forethought to say that to my son.  To encourage whatever dream he had.

Because dreams are sometimes all we have.

So here I am, 7 years later… and guess who wants to “own a charity”.  Life has a funny way of coming full circle and making you take a good hard look at yourself.  I think about Roger, and how when we talked this whole thing out he simply said “Why wouldn’t we do this?  We can do it!!” and I wonder why that wasn’t my approach when my son was simply wanting to make a difference in a selfless way.  I think we go through life and have person after person challenge our desires and poke holes in our beliefs to the extent that we become cynical beings with our guards up and blinders on.  Life’s demands and burdens slowly prevail over joys and dreams and it’s easy to get a little lost along the way.  Who was I to take that dream of my son’s away?  He would have had enough people throughout life tear away at his goals, and he should have found solace at least in his mother.

When you know better, you do better.

It’s a theme we will recount time and time again on this blog.  We are all works in progress and as we learn, we grow.  That’s what the Big Picture Project is really all about.  Learning that by helping others, we really help ourselves.  That what makes us different isn’t more crucial than what makes us the same.  And finding out that there is still hope.  That despite the darkness of poverty, of sadness, of struggles and oppression – there is light and joyfulness.  We are all in this together, so it’s time we start acting like it.

Let’s do better.

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Hello World!

We are so excited to share the Big Picture project with you!!!  This blog area is where we can connect on a more personal level.  We’ll share stories of hope and joy, lift up others who are making a difference in the big picture, and share experiences of our projects while in the field and at home.  We hope that you will get involved and enjoy the experience of making everyone’s big picture a little brighter!!  Come back often!!

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