Come fall, local photographer Sarah Annay Williamson, of Sarah Annay Photography, is embarking on a journey to Kolkata, India. Here she will be teaching a four-week photography class to 10 young women who are survivors of trafficking and other human rights abuses. The focus of the project is education in the arts and providing a therapeutic outlet for women who have experienced severe abuse.
“I have been blessed with many opportunities in my life—as a professional artist, an educator and a female business owner—and I want to share the gift of photography with young women that have not been given the same opportunities,” said Williamson.
The women chosen for Williamson to work with for this project have expressed an interest in the arts and are between the ages of 15 and 25. “Some are survivors of trafficking and others are ‘at-risk’ and live in the red-light district area,” she said.
Williamson is seeking to raise a total of $8,500 by July 1, to cover airfare, accommodations, educational supplies, and $5,000 worth of camera equipment. To help raise funds for her project and spread awareness for the work that Made by Survivors is doing, Williamson is hosting a silent auction, Thursday night, June 18, at DOS Coffee & Wine at 300 San Marco, from 6-8 p.m. All money raised will go toward the Vision for Empowerment Project.
Williamson has collected $5,000 worth of items donated from local businesses for the event. There will be live music and hors d’oeuvres.If you would like to sponsor a woman and provide a tax-deductible donation of $500 to purchase her a camera kit, visit madebysurvivors.com/donate. You can learn more about the project and donate any other amount to Williamson’s Go Fund Me campaign here.