The Itafari Foundation, in cooperation with Assist – Rwanda (a local NGO), as well as the Rwandan government, have partnered up for a first of its kind goat demonstration project. They are raising and distributing goats to cooperatives of child headed households. Together the children will breed and sell goats to support themselves and have a viable business to lift them out of subsistence poverty.
Emmanuel Shamakera – Assist – Rwanda, and Victoria Trabosh – Itafari Foundation.
One goat can make a tremendous difference in the life of a Rwandan child.
Two goats go even farther.
In Portland I photograph fundraising events for Itafari. I never leave without buying a goat. In the last two years I’ve bought 8. Today I had the opportunity to visit with them, face to face. Making a small monetary donation is much easier, and cleaner, then helping to build the goat pen.
At $25.00 each, a goat is a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a child that has so little compared to us. I would like to ask you to please consider helping support this extraordinary work the Itafari Foundation is doing, http://itafari.org . You can give directly through their secure website, or send a check to Itafari Foundation, 27 El Greco, Lake Oswego, OR97035.USA
It’s people like us, and the Billy Goat, that make it all happen.
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I’m a commercial photographer and photojournalist based in Portland, Oregon, since 1991. I specialize in commercial location photography for businesses. The majority of this work is for architectural, corporate, editorial, and public relations clients, and appears in a variety of print and electronic media. You can view samples online at: www.adambacher.com.
Since 2007 I’ve been taking a month each year to devote my time towards humanitarian missions.
Three trips have taken me to Rwanda, for a project documenting the countries recovery from the genocide in 1994, which claimed the lives of one-million people in the course of 100 days. Images and stories from the places I visited are featured on my blog site at: www.bachersblog.com.
This November, I’m going to Haiti for 4 weeks, to help two non-profits working tirelessly to save and rebuild lives following the earthquake in 2010. As well as donating my still and video images, I plan to create a traveling print exhibit, and a multi-media educational presentation to build awareness and remind us of Haiti's needs. If you’re interested in project please see this link: http://igg.me/p/44329?a=249927&i=shlk
My commercial work makes this humanitarian effort possible. I exhibit and speak nationally, offering a provocative visual and journalistic insight into contemporary Rwanda and the recovery, reconciliation, and reconstruction of the of the country. This message of hope, peace, and diversity, has been enthusiastically received at peace conferences, corporate gatherings, and in public schools.
All aspects of location photography including: Architectural, Corporate, Editorial, People, Public Relations, Travel and Photojournalism.
Hi, I accidentally stumbled upon this site while looking for a picture of a goat….to be used in a presentation about how my English class and teacher raised money to buy a goat for a needy family after reading a story about a girl whose entire life was changed for the better because she was given a goat. I thought it was funny that I ended up on this site with the first picture I clicked, and I admire what The Itafari Foundation is doing very much.
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Powerful seems too puny a word to describe the impact of your work from Rwanda, Adam. Thanks again for bringing these stories and your superb photography to those of us living the easy life in the USA. I just bought two goats, one from me and one from Debra. We’re thilled to be able to help in any small way.
Travel safe. Love from California,
Hi Adam, I love the pictures of the family it brought new meaning to outdoor plumbing – we are sooo blessed. The goat story is fabulous Tim and I started a small herd last year and gave our sponsored children each one for Christmas last year. I’m so grateful that you were able to join Vicky for this trip. Blessings, Tim & Jeanne
Those are amazing photos! You’ve inspired me to “give goats” to my family for Christmas this year – I mean how cool would that be?!?!?! I know my family would appreciate it for sure. I’m going to make a post on my blog with a link to yours to help get more peopel interested in buying goats. Thanks!!
BTW, me mum lives in Portland, OR & sent me the link to your blog.
Thanks, Adam, for the beautiful pictures of the goats – I bought my first one yesterday (maybe that cute little black and white one?).
Your pictures are stunning and I’m looking forward to seeing more great pictures of the trip.