Shamida is a orphanage in Ethiopia that has two homes for both able bodied and disabled children together with school sponsorship, reunification and women empowerment programmes. Our homes and projects are self funded through generous donors from all over the globe.
The vision from this project was the result of an initial collaboration with film maker and photographer Trevor Hamlett (Sacred Visions). Trevor was in Ethiopia to create a short documentary to help raise awareness for Shamida and left with a passion for the country (see the video here). Trevor has been a professional photographer for over 12 years and has worked all over the world as a photography and film maker. His Flour Dance Photography Shoot video (see the video and portfolio here) has already been viewed over 80,000 times on YouTube, the result of which gave inspiration for this project, which is to create a children’s calendar in Ethiopia with the children and the theme of water.
The project is going to be filmed over 2 weeks in the rainy season, with the location being in and around the capital, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Using the natural backdrops and taking advantage of the rainy weather, we aim to create a fun and captivating insight into the children and their lives in this vibrant city, the results of which will be converted into a beautiful 2018 calendar and postcards.
There will be 2 people creating and shooting the video which will record each day of the photoshoot and will result in a 45-minute documentary and behind the scenes look at this exciting project.
Shamida was created 4 years ago by Karen Kendall who started the charity while living in Dubai after she adopted her daughter (Ruby) from Ethiopia. She fell in love with the country and its people and this progressed to what Shamida is today.
The calendar is intended to be available worldwide and the full proceeds from the sale will go directly to the work at Shamida.
Supporters who donate to this crowdfunding project will also benefit from exclusive access to the documentary and printed calendars 2 weeks before they are available for viewing and sale to the general public.