The purpose of this page is to make clear my intentions regarding the use of donations made towards the projects that I am currently facilitating. I would like people to be at ease with the knowledge that any contribution made will be put to good use, with the benefit of the community in mind.
Simple questions need to be answered in a straightforward manner; how much money do projects such as this cost? Where does the capital come from?
I have devised a simple diagram indicating the flow of capital within the projects using an actual bank and PayPal statement. I have done it like this to cater to many levels of literacy.
I wish to make it clear that I do not benefit financially from any donations made as the purpose of my work is to uplift the underprivileged. Therefore the facilitators of my workshops are members of these communities. They receive wages for their work and therefore fall into the beneficiary bracket.
Below is a financial breakdown of my most recent Flowers for Africa workshop. Involving 60 children and 4 local adults over a period of 2 weeks
My living is made through my work as a surf instructor and artist as well as being the manager and in-house chef at the local backpackers. I have never created a project under my organisation with the intention of financial gain. In fact, the majority of my projects have been made possible by personal capital input as well as donations made by friends, family and individuals that know my work.
I’m turning 40 this year. I have no insurance, house or family still I choose to continue this work rather than pursue financial opportunities. I truly feel that projects such as Flowers For Africa bring me a deeper sense of fulfilment than any form of financial gratification could at this point in my life.
I used to work for an organisation that paid me well, but I found myself restricted to a formula and unable to evolve. My interest as a contemporary fine artist is: How the creation of art can positively affect people. Since going on my own I have done countless projects, observing, researching and experimenting with methods of using art to uplift children and their comunities.
I grew up with dyslexia and as a result, suffered from low self-esteem. I was privileged enough to pursue my interest in art and I can confidently say that creating art gave me a foundation to grow my self-esteem.
We all have our place in the world. The accountant, the fisherman, the musician, the garbage collector, the scientist and that guy paints with kids.
SOMETHING NOT SO NICE.
Many a time with non-profit projects such as these there is a natural instinct to suspect a hidden agenda.
I am aware that there are many scams riding on the backs of peoples good intentions to help the underprivileged. But there are also people selflessly dedicated to the upliftment of others. So my advice before making a decision to help any cause is to make actual inquiries, rather than sitting on assumptions.
Thanks for taking the time to read my transparency page. If you have any questions, I do check and respond to my emails.