Jac Kritzinger was born in 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa. He believes that his wanderlust, sense of humour, workaholism and the ability to convey the essence of his subject define his success as a photographer. Kritzinger is part of the African Photography Network, consisting of photographers from all over Africa.
It’s that time of the year again! The birds are singing, the sun is out again and we can finally hide our winter coats in the darkest corners of our wardrobes for a looong time. Here’s our photographers take on the season of new beginnings!
Everyone likes to celebrate. You get yummy cakes, tasty drinks… but most importantly you share your joy with the people you love. Today is a very special day for us and we’d like to share our joy with you. We’re celebrating our 50th project financed.
In our young history we provided a whole community in Guatemala with clean drinking water. In Bangladesh where a proper education is not easily accessible to children, we financed school education for 20 young girls. In Burkina Faso we helped parents to put their children in nursery school, a healthy environment where they can play and grow together with children of their age.
In our hometown Berlin, we organized a party in a refugee home inviting the neighborhood to join in to bring the community closer together. We also had fun taking refugee children to the Berlin zoo and spending the whole day with them. For their parents we bought bycicles and tickets for public transportation.
In Jordan we provided Syrian refugees with essential medication, in Iraq, we bought tents, blankets and warm clothing for people fleeing from IS. These are just a few examples of what we accomplished so far, but we could tell you 50 stories like these. Behind each story there are photographers, photos, customers and our project partners. Photocircle brings all these pieces together.
We’re proud that we have a positive impact on the lives of many people worldwide and that we are not just a simple online photo gallery.
We want to thank our community: photographers, customers, partner organisations and everyone who supports us. Without you we wouldn’t have made it this far and we’re proud to be working with you!
We’re are convinced that this is just the beginning. Our hope is that together we’ll finance many more projects helping people in need worldwide.
Rumi Hara is an illustrator and comic artist living in New York City. She creates colorful watercolor illustrations with quirky, playful characters for magazines and other publications. She frequently appears in comic arts events with her mini comics and zines for both young and adult readers. In 2015, Rumi received the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York.
One of the most urgent humanitarian projects we’ve been able to fund lately is our cooperation with the UNHCR; the goal was to help support Syrian and Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout the winter. We were able to raise EUR 800 to this end. Here’s a little update from the UNHCR on its work on the ground (as of January 13th, 2016):
“As temperatures dropped in November with heavy rainfall and strong winds, UNHCR expedited the release of its winter plan to keep vulnerable refugees and internally displaced people warm and protected from the cold conditions across the Middle East.