So here we go!
My name is Nicole Palomba and I am a storyteller. I graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Theatre Performance in 2010. Since graduation I have been pursuing my passion for theatre and community outreach in various performance and volunteer endeavors culminating in my latest journey- an internship in Ghana. It has been a dream of mine to go to Africa since I began my studies at Chapman, and an even longer dream to use theatre to change the world. Theatre is more than a medium, it has the potential to be a tool for change and a springboard for people to grow into who they have always been to afraid or ill-equipped to become. This internship is a drama therapy training at an Autism Center in Accra, Ghana. The people at this center have by no fault of their own the tools to communicate their own stories and I cannot wait to provide them the opportunity.
The Bottom Line...
Getting down to business...I am looking to fundraise $5000 to help cover my own medical costs, airfare and program costs as well as school supplies I plan to bring with me. I have to get several rounds of shots as well as pills as well as visa application fees. Any extra money will be donated straight to the Autism Awareness and Care Center.
Program Costs IN EUROS $2000
Misc. Medical and Visa $1500
So what's in it for you?
Great question. Although this campaign does not have a concrete product at the end of it, I can offer you some inspirational and hearwarming PERKS! once I arrive.
$25- A MAILED photo and thank you letter from Ghana with the students.
$100- Sponsor of the day shout-outs on the blog and a thank you letter from Ghana.
$200- Photo Album (once I return) and personalized thank you from the students and myself as well as a video shout out and thank you letter from Ghana.
The most important outcome of this trip is awareness for the autistic community in Accra and the emphasis and understanding of drama therapy as a tool for communication. Even if you cannot donate, please spread the word or pass on the links- the more people who understand and are interested, the stronger the chances are that we can make a louder difference in Accra. We all have a difficult time expressing ourselves and handling our lives, but most of us were blessed with the capacities to verbalize our struggle in some way. That is the gift I am trying to give to the people at AACT. Theatre has always had a healing power; we can use someone else's words to reveal our own struggle, which is a simple gift we can perpetuate together.