ANNA BOYIAZIS / Second Wave + Stay in School
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
Second Wave — In 2006, I read that sub-Saharan Africa would soon be home to more than twenty million AIDS orphans, then met a family of children in a remote paradisiacal village in the Rakai District of Uganda. I have returned to this village for five periods of two months, and have allowed these children to guide me through their world. Documenting what it feels like to be a kid in the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic, I’ve attended school, gardened, “swam,” and foraged with them for both fruit and insects. As I complete this body of work, my final stretch includes the creation of a series of landscape and contextual images — this time, from a child’s point of view.
For additional information regarding this photography project, please contact Anna Boyiazis.
Stay in School — Recognizing the urgent need for education and a girls right to it early in life, I established a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute. Through this partnership, I aim to provide underwear to every girl in Uganda. It’s impossible to wear a sanitary pad without underwear, and girls with neither miss up to a week of school per month, contributing to them dropping out altogether. Championing the potential of girls, I’ve collected and hand delivered 14,375 pairs of underwear to Entebbe, thus far encouraging more than 2,875 girls to continue studying. The impact of this effort has been nothing short of extraordinary, with primary school enrollment for girls now exceeding enrollment for boys in communities served. The Jane Goodall Institute Uganda considers this their most important project. In addition to changing the trajectory of lives through education, we’re directly decreasing population growth and deforestation, while lessening reliance and encroachment on limited natural resources and chimpanzee habitats.
For additional information regarding this advocacy project, please contact Anna Boyiazis.
DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIP
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ABOUT NYFA FISCAL SPONSORSHIP (ARTSPIRE)
Established in 1971, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) empowers emerging artists and arts organizations at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. NYFA serves its mission through four flagship programs, including Artspire, one of the oldest and most reputable fiscal sponsorship programs in the country. Artspire enables individual artists and emerging arts organizations the ability to collect individual, corporate and foundation donations online using NYFA's tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3)-classified organization. Artspire receives funds on behalf of projects, ensures the use of funds in accordance with agreements, provides program and financial reports as needed, and protects artists and organizations by ensuring that sponsored project activities are conducted according to IRS regulations.