2016 has been a tough year, particularly for those undergoing humanitarian disasters around the world. Given how many tragedies have occurred globally this year, I will be donating a share of my profits to charities. To accommodate various relief efforts domestically and abroad, I will be doing rotations of charities. Through the end of December 2016, I will donate a share of my profits to help the crisis in Syria. Read more about the crisis and its impact in this short BBC summary. Please do educate yourselves on the crisis - not only do we all benefit from being better informed, but our impact on policy and elections benefit from it as well.
The heartbreaking video of little Omran Daqneesh (and this clip of a CNN anchor barely holding it together talking about the situation) is just the latest of the horrors coming from that conflict. Now through October, I will be donating 30% of my profits to Helping Hand for Relief and Development, one of the highest rated charities on the independent Charity Navigator, with the highest score of all the groups involved in providing aid during the Syria Crisis. It scores particularly high on the financial side (gets most of the money to where it needs to go), and on the transparency side. They have both a humanitarian assistance and a refugee education program, so when you purchase a piece, please shoot me an email to tell me which one you'd like your share of money to go to (or it can be a 50/50 split, or whatever percentage you want - just contact me after your purchase at pervezphotos at gmail dot com).
Rotating the charities allows me to be more responsive to tragedies. In the future, I may have multiple choices for buyers to choose from, but for now, I think picking one issue at a time can have the greatest impact.
Click on any gallery below. From there, you can pick any of the photos to purchase. Though I realize this effort is small, I hope it is a way I can use my art to tell stories, to beautify people's homes/offices/apartments, and to help others in great need. A great man I knew once wrote: “We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” This is a small way in which I can help. I hope it provides a way or some inspiration or some ideas about ways you all can help, too.
Much peace. Much love.
* The watermark on the photos is for security purposes - purchased items won't have it, so don't worry about that!