During the holiday season in 2015, I independently created a fundraiser with a goal of raising $1,000 for Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. The goal of $1,000 was met thanks to independent donors. I was able to purchase and deliver new markers, paints, paper, stickers, paints coloring books and more.
Each backpack contained
-Pencils, pens and erasers
-Note pads and coloring books
-Colored pencils, crayons and colored pens
-Socks and shoes
-Toothbrushes and toothpaste
In May 2017, I visited Havnana, Cuba. Thanks to donations from independent donors, I was able to bring $200 worth of art supplies with me! They were given to Rafael Angel Primary School in Havana Center to many excited students. Photos inside the school were not allowed.
In 2020, from March 17th to September 29th, I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,653 mile endeavor that took about 6 1/2 months. Along the way, I did a donation "per mile" fundraiser from independent donors for a charity called WASEL TASEL.
My good friend Mohummad-Dylan founded WASEL TASEL 5 years ago, based in Iraq. It is a non-governmental corporation. He has 3 offices and currently works with 6 works with refugee camps. WASEL TASEL helps families and children displaced by ISIS and warfare in Iraq. Mohummad-Dylan and his team are quick emergency responders during warfare. They rush to get civilians out of danger, and dispatch the emergency care needed. WASEL TASEL has various sustainable programs for the aftermath of war, like providing sanitation,
shelter, medical care, food and distributions of non-food items.
WASEL TASEL works' rebuilds schools and keeps children educated. They created sports programs, sustainable learning environments, provide long-term shelter and sanitation for entire families, keeping families together. They offer financial assistance, and employ widowed women while keeping female identities protected.
During the hike, amidst the early stages of the pandemic, I was able to raise $300 for WASEL TASEL. To learn more about WASEL TASEL, check out their instagram and facebook.
During the holiday season in 2016, I independently created a fundraiser with a goal of raising $500 for art supplies for Cedars International Academy. The goal was met, thanks to independent donors. Cedars is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter school serving grades Pre K – 7th grade. It's a small community of teachers, staff, and families committed to preparing children for the future. Cedars located in North Austin, Texas, is a title one school, meaning that most students come from low-income families.
In the art studio you will find students hard at work on projects ranging from drawing to sculpture to incorporating technology into the arts. Ms.Moore, the teacher has students ranging from Pre K-7th grade, and now they have new pencils, erasers, paper, watercolor, paintbrushes, charcoal,
sharpeners, and much more! Below are
photos from after the fundraiser where
Ms.Moore invited me to come and help
teach a project with the new
During the holidays in 2018, some friends and I raised 17,000 filipino pesos ($325 USD) for SOS Children's village in Cebu. On Christmas Day, a friend and I shaved our heads at an event to gain some attention to raise some money to give back this holiday season. This money, as well as the money raised by independent donors, went directly to the children at the SOS children's village. I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at the SOS Children's village, and meeting the wonderful staff. Dong (blue shirt) picked me up and gave me a tour and lots of information. He had been working with SOS for 25 years and he has a huge heart. Thanks Mad Monkey Cebu City hosting the event. Check out SOS children's village of Cebu at https://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/where-we-help/asia/philippines/cebu
During December-January of 2017-2018, I worked with Baan Nokkamin Foundation to donate directly to 53 sponsored orphaned children in Bangkok living at the Baan Nokkamin Foundation. All funds raised were used to purchase small necessities, school supplies and some art supplies, separated into 53 backpacks, one for each child. Bags of rice and dried goods were also donated to Baan Nokkamin Foundation. This food will be cooked by the foundation to feed the 53 orphaned children 3 meals a day.
International also rewarded this fundraiser with a $900 grant. The fundraiser could not have been put together without the help of my dear friend Yui, owner of Hometown Hostel.
125 pencil erasers
10 coloring books
150 sheets of colored paper
3 watercolor pallets
14 pink erasers
200 colored pencils
24 jumbo crayons
6 glue sticks
18 sheets of stickers
4 blunt scissors, 2 sandals, 2 packs of wet wipes, some candy
In 2013, I spent one month volunteering in South Africa. I created lesson plans, and instructed art classes at a middle school, and an orphanage with Global Vision International as a volunteer. I led step by step art projects in paints, pastels and mixed media. My personal experience in the township was humbling and unforgetable. Working in South Africa stoked the fire to travel and helped shape my international views and morals.