My name is Jennifer and I’m a student from metro Detroit. Aside from my studies in engineering, I’m an avid photographer with past showcases in Los Angeles and Paris and previously sponsored work in American Photo magazine.
Im currently working to raise funds for an upcoming August mission trip to El Salvador for FIMRC, a non-profit organization that has been actively improving medical care for children in underprivileged and underserved areas of the world since 2002. My role as both a student volunteer and photojournalist will take me to a FIMRC clinic that was founded in 2008 in Las Delicias, a rural community only 45 minutes outside of San Salvador.
Along with Wayne State University’s chapter, our work with the Ministry of Health and other partners in preventative health education will expand on the clinics community outreach to prevent common problems of malnutrition, gastrointestinal illnesses and other respiratory infections. Particularly vulnerable are the children of El Salvador. Health issues of children related to poverty include diarrhea, head lice, malnutrition, and bronchial infections. Many of the health issues are also due to a lack of education, scarce resources and poor water quality. All of these conditions are easily treatable or preventable, but require support through health education, basic supplies and volunteers.
As a student with a sense of urgency for the plight of children in need of medical care, my objectives will be not only to assist medical professionals in basic medical care and operations, but to also employ my photojournalism skills to document the efforts through digital media to share the experience and raise further awareness of the needs of children in El Salvador to promote the work of FIMRC.
My target fundraising goal is $1600 which will provide assistance for my travel expenses. Digital photography equipment, material costs, documentary services and volunteered time to the community are my contributions to the mission. With your donation, I hope to produce a photo-documentary that addresses the health issues, lifestyle/culture of children in rural underserved communities.
As a token of appreciation, I hope to complete a digital photo project to share with you to commemorate your contributions to international healthcare for children and this mission. This journey is not my own, and I believe the insights found may serve as a unifying connection that bridges our communities and creates a better understanding of humanitys needs.