Ryan LeCluyse

The stories of Eastern African communities. Told by the people who live them.
  • My Goal:
  • $10,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $16,262
  • # of Donations:
  • 78
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Under the Tree

Mama Hope helps build a vast array of projects throughout East Africa and Ghana, including schools, health clinics, and clean water systems. They make films that challenge our misconceptions about underserved communities. Now, as their first Documentary Fellow, I will continue this work, but also expand its scope, by bringing different skills to the table.

My project, which I’m calling Under the Tree, will be a collection of films, photographs, and written pieces collaboratively produced with individuals from the communities which Mama Hope has impacted. By simply providing tools and a platform, I hope to inspire people to speak of themselves, for themselves, and to penetrate prevailing oversimplifications. Invest in this endeavor to help me bring these stories to light.

 

The Road

When I took a leave of absence from my junior year of design school, I was stoked. Not because I was blasting School’s Out as I blew down I-80 towards rural Alabama, but because it was the first step of the rest of my life.

Earlier that year, a close professor taught me that the same design thinking required to market products could also be applied to social benefit. The lesson was profound. In Alabama, I became an Americorps VISTA and co-design director of a housing non-profit. My colleague and I were there to explore how (and if) design could be a resource for a community suffering from entrenched poverty.

Nine months later, I returned to school to complete my thesis. I created a documentary website and exhibition about a historic East Baltimore community’s erasure due to urban development; later recognized by the ADAA. A year later, I was on my way to Delhi to help develop a community forward, social approach to sanitation. It was my first dip into global development, learning from communities of a vastly different culture.

 

The Project

As a Global Advocate Fellow, I will soon be traveling to Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania where I will spend three months. As a photographer, illustrator, researcher, and graphic designer, I’ve learned that a good story is simply a reflecting pool for your audience. I believe that storytelling has the power to bridge contexts, inspire true compassion, and thereby expand global community. Discovering stories of success in development and spreading them will make as much of a difference in mentality abroad as Mama Hope does on the ground; leading to more volunteers, donors, and life changing projects.

 

Funds & Logistics

To make all of this happen, I’ve committed to raising $10,000. Any donation big or small will go straight to this project and is 100% tax deductible. This money will contribute directly to:

  • Purchase of camera equipment for Mama Hope

  • Film, photo, and web production

  • Marketing and engagement around the final project

  • Resources for community engagement in East Africa (extra cameras and equipment)

  • Miscellaneous travel to projects sites in East Africa

 

Thanks!

Thank you everyone for donating making the project possible. Though we've successfully fundraised and I'm currently in Eastern Africa, any extra funds help! With the money raised beyond my goal, we will be able to afford more time to capture these projects, edit the final product, and outfit Mama Hope with even better equipment.

 

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Ryan LeCluyse is fundraising for General Donations benefiting Mama Hope.

Visit the new project page HERE

 

Under the Tree

Mama Hope helps build a vast array of projects throughout East Africa and Ghana, including schools, health clinics, and clean water systems. They make films that challenge our misconceptions about underserved communities. Now, as their first Documentary Fellow, I will continue this work, but also expand its scope, by bringing different skills to the table.

My project, which I’m calling Under the Tree, will be a collection of films, photographs, and written pieces collaboratively produced with individuals from the communities which Mama Hope has impacted. By simply providing tools and a platform, I hope to inspire people to speak of themselves, for themselves, and to penetrate prevailing oversimplifications. Invest in this endeavor to help me bring these stories to light.

 

The Road

When I took a leave of absence from my junior year of design school, I was stoked. Not because I was blasting School’s Out as I blew down I-80 towards rural Alabama, but because it was the first step of the rest of my life.

Earlier that year, a close professor taught me that the same design thinking required to market products could also be applied to social benefit. The lesson was profound. In Alabama, I became an Americorps VISTA and co-design director of a housing non-profit. My colleague and I were there to explore how (and if) design could be a resource for a community suffering from entrenched poverty.

Nine months later, I returned to school to complete my thesis. I created a documentary website and exhibition about a historic East Baltimore community’s erasure due to urban development; later recognized by the ADAA. A year later, I was on my way to Delhi to help develop a community forward, social approach to sanitation. It was my first dip into global development, learning from communities of a vastly different culture.

 

The Project

As a Global Advocate Fellow, I will soon be traveling to Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania where I will spend three months. As a photographer, illustrator, researcher, and graphic designer, I’ve learned that a good story is simply a reflecting pool for your audience. I believe that storytelling has the power to bridge contexts, inspire true compassion, and thereby expand global community. Discovering stories of success in development and spreading them will make as much of a difference in mentality abroad as Mama Hope does on the ground; leading to more volunteers, donors, and life changing projects.

 

Funds & Logistics

To make all of this happen, I’ve committed to raising $10,000. Any donation big or small will go straight to this project and is 100% tax deductible. This money will contribute directly to:

  • Purchase of camera equipment for Mama Hope

  • Film, photo, and web production

  • Marketing and engagement around the final project

  • Resources for community engagement in East Africa (extra cameras and equipment)

  • Miscellaneous travel to projects sites in East Africa

 

Thanks!

Thank you everyone for donating making the project possible. Though we've successfully fundraised and I'm currently in Eastern Africa, any extra funds help! With the money raised beyond my goal, we will be able to afford more time to capture these projects, edit the final product, and outfit Mama Hope with even better equipment.

 

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