Voiceless Children

April 30, 2011

Felix Masi is a renowned documentary photojournalist and humanitarian, combining a wealth of experience in documenting humanitarian images on camera with a very personal background of lose and poverty. Born and raised in Kisumu, Western Kenya to a single mother, Felix and his siblings were orphaned at an early age, and left in the care of foster parents. After his maternal grandmother discovered the terrible conditions within which the children lived, she took action and had Felix and his siblings removed from the home and put in the care of his eldest sister and relatives.

Felix’s Photojournalism career is born out of life passion for photography. He was exposed to the cameras early by his mother, an avid photographer, frequently documented her children’s early years until death when Felix was only eight years old. After being rescued by his grandmother, Felix was among fortunate children in Kenya to enjoy a high school education. Upon graduation, Felix launched his career as a photojournalist in his first job at The standard, a leading local newspaper in Kenya.

In 1996, Felix’s brother, Dennis passed away after a battle with HIV/AIDS. This event, combined with his own personal experience and a life of witnessing Africa’s struggle with the pandemic, inspired Felix to resign from his newspaper position and begin working as an independent photo-journalist focused on humanitarian crises. In 2005, with a vision to help the women and children of his village create a path to a better future, Felix founded Voiceless Children, an organization that provides school fees for children as well as resources that help grandmothers care for their dependents. The same year, Felix was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Following this opportunity to further hone his expertise, Felix returned to Kenya, inspired to give voice to the millions of orphaned children, widows and grandmothers impacted by HIV/AIDS. The fulfillment of that vision was the film, A Grandmother’s Tribe.

Today Felix continues to work as a freelance photo-journalist “any place where a story needs to be told”. Alumni of a Visiting Program in Leadership and recipient of multiple prestigious awards, Felix continue his craft to elevate an understanding of humanitarian and social issues around the world.

Voiceless Children exists to give support to young people and their caregivers so that their struggle to survive becomes a struggle to be even better than they ever dreamed they could be fast.  Join us                http://www.voiceless-children.org/

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Orchestra Symphony Kimbanguiste

September 11, 2012

Glody Membo, 13, practice with his fellow band members Armando Wabasolele, 10 (R), Dori Wasolua (L) with Armand Wabasolele (2nd L) at the Kimbanguiste center in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. These young boys are junior members of the Orchestra Symphony Kimbanguiste, Central AfricaÕs only all black Orchestra. The junior team is part of the school founded by Armand Diangienda. Despite many years of fighting, displacements brutal violence against women and children, a Congolese born Armand DiangiendaÕs, leader of Orchestra Symphony uses Congolese creativity and resilience in restoring hope of the tainted image of DR Congo, Africa and worldÕs wealthiest yet poorest.

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July 14, 2012

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Public Transportation in Kinshasa, DR Congo

July 14, 2012

“The Spirit of Death”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikjcBfO9C44&feature=player_embedded — at Voice Of America.

June 29, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikjcBfO9C44&feature=player_embedded — at Voice Of America.

Trailblazers

May 16, 2012

Trailblazers

We are already celebrating the gains through these individuals who have graduated. Some with honors, some more to join University next year and Fredrik Oduko who joined Kabianga University College for his undergraduate pursuing Bachelor of Science Communication and public Relations on May 7th. We are not there yet but making a difference in a small way, join us and thank for your support!Thank you for liking our page https://www.facebook.com/pages/VoiceleChildren/222683964452670?ref=tn_tnmn

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Voiceless Children exists to give support to young people and their caregivers so that their struggle to survive becomes a struggle to be even better than they ever
dreamed they could be fast. http://www.voiceless-children.org/

FHI 360 360 Presents A Grandmother’s Tribe-Washington D.C May 10 2012

May 5, 2012

FHI 360 360 Presents A Grandmother's Tribe-Washington D.C May 10 2012

FHI 360 Presents the screening of the award winning film, A Grandmother’s Tribe followed by a moderated panel discussion with Q&A, Speakers and panelists will be: Felix Masi, Film advisor, International Visitor Leadership program and founder Voiceless Children will introduce the film and talk about providing school fees for orphan African children in Kenya and supporting grandmother’s. Other panelists and speakers include: Danielle Darrow de Mora, Program Director Center of AIDS and community Health, FHI 360. Damon Woods, Founder and President Parnassus Global Agency, Alma Candelaria, Director, Office OF International Visitors U.S. Department of State and Dr. Al Siemens, CEO FHI 360. FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in education, health, nutrition, economic development, civil society, environment, gender, youth, research and technology – creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

A Grandmother’s Tribe Washington D.C. Screening

May 5, 2012

FHI 360 Presents the screening of the award winning film, A Grandmother’s Tribe followed by a moderated panel discussion with Q&A, Speakers and panelists will be: Felix Masi, Film advisor, International Visitor Leadership program and founder Voiceless Children will introduce the film and talk about providing school fees for orphan African children in Kenya and supporting grandmother’s. Other panelists and speakers include: Danielle Darrow de Mora, Program Director Center of AIDS and community Health, FHI 360. Damon Woods, Founder and President Parnassus Global Agency, Alma Candelaria, Director, Office OF International Visitors U.S. Department of State and Dr. Al Siemens, CEO FHI 360. FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in education, health, nutrition, economic development, civil society, environment, gender, youth, research and technology – creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

Trayvon Martin Justice Rally, Washington DC

April 4, 2012

Trayvon Martin Justice Rally, Washington DC

Hundreds of people joined together at the Freedom Plaza for a one million hoodie rally protest and demand for justice following a shooting of a 17 years old slain Trayvon Martin in Washington DC. The rally was emotional; men and women cried as speakers delivered powerful messages and challenged the media to focus on the subject of racism and racial profiling. Arcading to report, the 17-year-old slain teenager was unarmed and holding skittles and tea by the time of his killing. “The Trayvon case should not just be another statistic, but [it] should end the use of illegal guns and racism behind these killings.”

Trayvon Martin Justice Rally, Washington DC

April 4, 2012

Trayvon Martin Justice Rally, Washington DC

Hundreds of people joined together at the Freedom Plaza for a one million hoodie rally protest and demand for justice following a shooting of a 17 years old slain Trayvon Martin in Washington DC. The rally was emotional; men and women cried as speakers delivered powerful messages and challenged the media to focus on the subject of racism and racial profiling. Arcading to report, the 17-year-old slain teenager was unarmed and holding skittles and tea by the time of his killing. “The Trayvon case should not just be another statistic, but [it] should end the use of illegal guns and racism behind these killings.”

Trayvon Martin Justice Rally in Washington DC

April 3, 2012

Trayvon Martin Justice Rally in Washington DC

Trayvon Martin Justice Rally:

Hundreds of people joined together at the Freedom Plaza for a one million hoodie rally protest and demand for justice following a shooting of a 17 years old slain Trayvon Martin in Washington DC on March 24, 2012. The rally was emotional, men and women cried as speakers delivered powerful messages and challenged the media to focus on the subject of racism and hate crime on unarmed teenager was killed.

 


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