Exactly one year ago, I was in Uganda with The Archibald Project serving on a media mission. The Archibald Project is a non-profit advocacy organization that tells stories to educate and help promote orphan care. Their media missions bring artists from all over the world together to serve and love orphans, and then advocate for these lives in their own communities.
If you read my extremely long previous post on my time in Uganda, you saw that there is a continuation to the story. Well...I am honored to announce that I will be serving with The Archibald Project again in March! This time in INDIA and with my husband!
There is a deep conviction in me that it is my responsibility to continue telling meaningful stories. For quite some time Steven and I had been dreaming of how we could unify our creative leanings, photography and writing, and serve together to make an impact. When The Archibald Project posted about the India media mission and mentioned the need for writers as well as photographers, I knew this was it and Steven agreed. Within days, we applied, were invited to join the team, got time off work granted, felt confirmation to go, and said "Yes!"
Media is one of the most powerful tools in our society to bring about change. Together, as a team we are harnessing the power of media to inspire a generation of people to stand up and care for orphans! My experience in Uganda was transformative and I encountered the power of storytelling first-hand. By sharing stories, hearts were stirred, people were impacted into action, and many of the children we fell in love with got sponsored! Sponsorship provides the kids with a loving environment, shelter, meals, and an education, which are all key in creating change.
Serving humbly, advocating for orphans, educating about orphan care, and inspiring people to action through imagery and the written word are our goals while in country and upon returning home. Loving on kids and staff at The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission for one week while in India is just the beginning. We will continue to serve by creating a project that will be shared and make an ongoing impact. We are eager to use our talents in this way and to learn about orphan care in India. Will you partner with us and support us in this?
Please follow along on Facebook Jacki Potorke // The Archibald Project and Instagram as well @jackipotorke // @thearchibaldproject to see updates from our trip and stories of the kids we will meet. Re-share what we post with your community via social media, email, etc. We need anyone and everyone to see these posts as we believe they will be used to encourage people to care for orphans.
Currently, there are an estimated 147 million orphans in the world. If we tell their stories, fewer will be called orphan.
Thank you for your participation. We look forward to sharing many stories and images with you soon!