The Click for Humanity Initiative is the result of a journey that took me about 3 years to realize and fine-tune. The initial concept was to donate a portion of my print sales to a wildlife conservation trust to help preserve and protect our natural heritage, but this eventually developed into what the initiative supports today, which is providing meals for those who cannot fend for themselves. Even though I still strongly support wildlife and nature conservation, driving to work every day seeing homeless people and especially children begging for scraps and something to eat left me with a feeling of accountability and the realization that I can and must make a difference within my means. Our biggest natural heritage is humanity itself and all of us need to find a way to protect and support each other in order for the imbalance that our word faces to be rectified.
There are so many hungry people out there. How can one person make a difference?
One meal at a time… that’s how.
This is the motivation behind the Click for Humanity Initiative.. To provide one meal at a time with the means that are available to us.
A single meal donated may be 100% more than what that person or child would have had on that particular day. It is only natural to exclude ourselves from social responsibility because the problem seems just too big to make a tangible difference as a single contributor, but the small gesture of a meal may be just enough to get that one child on track and on their way to greatness.
A lot of charity initiatives are focused on education for the less privileged, but we strongly believe that no child can be receptive to any form of education with an empty stomach.
The reality is that the meals you donate through purchasing a photograph may have been a life saving contribution with a ripple effect that could last forever. What would humanity be without idealistic dreams and aspirations? The motivation with Click For Humanity is not to save the world, but rather to provide a meal where and when we can. It’s that simple.
We have partnered with Nazareth House in Cape Town who is one of the oldest charities in South Africa, making a tangible difference everyday to hundreds of children and elderly people from all walks of life. They are taking care of all the logistics and “distribution” of meals to the needy.
Some history on Nazareth House:
The Sisters of Nazareth were founded in London by Victoire Larmenier – Mother St Basil – at the request of Cardinal Wiseman, to care for the aged poor. Later, the apostolate of the Sisters extended their care to include homeless and abandoned children.
The Congregation was founded in the mid 1800s when Victoire Larmenier was just 24 years old. She was born on 21 July 1827 in Brittany, France and entered the group of ‘Pious Women’ later known as the Little Sisters of the Poor. Victoire left home with a small group of Sisters to answer a calling in London. The fruit of the call was the founding of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth.
In 1881, the Sisters arrived in South Africa at the invitation of the Bishop of Cape Town. Their mission was to care for indigent elderly and orphaned children. Today, more than a hundred years later, Nazareth House still provides a caring and compassionate haven for more than 120 of the most vulnerable members of our society.
Assisted by lay administrative and nursing staff, and a small army of volunteers, the Sisters of Nazareth continue to uphold the core values of Victoire Larmenier, which are as timeless as humanity: justice, patience, love, respect, compassion and hospitality.
Starting on the 1st of October 2015 a portion of the proceeds from all print sales done through HL Private Gallery will be donated towards a feeding scheme via one of the many outreach programs that Nazareth House in Cape Town run.
Nazareth House will be handling all the logistics and allocation of meals where they see the need.
The second phase of this initiative will be our big annual auction, which will take place towards the end of 2018. Dates are to be confirmed once the venue and contributor list have been finalized.
The auction will exhibit some of South Africa’s top photographer’s work in print format with about 25 – 30 original pieces on show. Each photographer will donate 2 photographs to be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going towards this initiative. We hope to raise between 12 500 – 15 000 meals with the 2018 event, which will make a significant contribution to the needy.
We will keep this page up to date with developments and dates once details for the auction is confirmed, but please feel free to contact us to find out more or to get involved. You can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org or Ciske Kruger from Nazareth House on email@example.com