June 14th: Charity Event
Focus On Women celebrated its second Charity Event at the headquarters of the Fernando Castro Foundation-AEM in Madrid. This time the collection was donated equally to Home Mantay of Peru, cooperative Tiguemine Argane in Morocco, Communitarian Center Ta Phin in Vietnam and School of Sapphires of Antshoamadiro, in Madagascar. During the event we celebrated a charity photographic auction, with artworks generously donated by photographers Rosa Muñoz, Sara Janini, Yolanda Robles, Elena Almagro, Alicia Matas and Jara Varela. Flavia Hohenlohe, president of Sotheby’s Madrid, was the person in charge of conducting the bidding of photographs. During the event we had the presence of Gerardo Gomez, the Agua de Coco Foundation and José Chihuan, volunteer of Home Mantay.
During the event 10 finalists photographs of the II International Photography Contest Women with Focus were also exhibited. In this call the proposed topic was Women and Community and it invited to capture the female tendency to join and work together to improve their environment and quality of life. 69 photographs were received, among which the jury, formed by Oliva Arauna, Miguel Garcia Pimentel, Charo Martin, Luis Pereira, Rocío Nogales, Sara Janini and Sholeh Hejazi, selected 10 finalists and 2 winners. During the charity event the prizes to the winners of the contest were awarded:
- First award: O bus, Mumbai, by Ana Palacios
- Second award: At Inle Lake, by Esperanza Fernández
- Audience Award: Deaf cries by Laura Silva
- MILFORD Award: Generational Baskets, by Aranzazu Gomez
All photographs are on sale for 60 Euros in a limited edition of 5 copies each. The sale is with solidarity purposes, as all the raised funds are sent to social projects supported by Focus On Women. If you are interested in purchasing one of the pictures, please contact Focus On Women.
Communitarian Center Ta Phin
Throughout year 2011 Focus On Women has supported the construction of a Communitarian Center in the village of Ta Phin, in the mountainous village of Sapa, Vietnam. This center will be the responsible of preserving the handcraft traditions and the endemic medicinal plants of the region. Women and men of the Red Yao ethnic minority live in Ta Phin. Since the tourism in the area broke sharply in recent years. The economic differences between the neighbours have increased, the ancient traditions are being lost and the natural environment is being degraded. The Community Center of Ta Phin was born with the intention of creating a friendly and relaxed space where tourists and local women can know each other, meet and exchange. In addition, it will house local craft workshops where Yao women can work and display their products. The center will also have a garden of endemic medicinal plants of the area and an educational program for its preservation and commercial farming. Currently the center is under construction. Focus on Women donated the amount of 625 Euros raised during the charity event in 2011 to the center, to help with its construction. We hope that these funds contribute to realizing this project and help to improve the economic and social situation of the community of women of Ta Phin. Two groups of travelers of Focus on Women visited Ta Phin and the construction during the summer of 2011.
Solidarity Christmas Party
On Wednesday December 14th 2011 Focus on Women invited all the travelers to celebrate a Solidarity and Travelling Christmas. The Zamburiña Restaurant, which hosted the celebration, allocated part of the profits raised from this event to the fight against breast cancer.
Farmacia Andorra 27 from Madrid, in addition to Focus on Women made a special campaign to help with parapharmacy to support Casa Hogar Mantay in Peru. The 1300 euros that were obtained were destinated to change the sewerage in the shelter house.