BECAUSE SHARING IS CARING, AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL – HELP PORTRAIT 2017 AT SUMBA ISLAND

“Sharing is caring. Teaching our children to share is teaching them compassion and love”.

For those who have been to Sumba island in East Nusa Tenggara may have agreed with me how raw the island still feels. Children are no way seen playing with gadgets. They are free, wild and naturally happy. Regardless the limitation they have, it doesn’t bother them. No internet, who cares? No mall, who even cares? Having to walk to school miles away, it doesn’t bother them at all. They sing, they chat, they pick fresh leaves while walking. They have limitless playground, they run free, wind caresses their smiley faces. What a priceless portrait I’ve seen right in front of my eyes.

It touches my heart and it has reminded me of my childhood in Bali many many moons away. Having the same thought with some like-minded friends, we decided to do something in Sumba. Why not HELP PORTRAIT? We hope that, in the many years to come, they will still remember how pure the island was, how beautiful their childhood was, like what I have always remembered about my childhood. Sharing is caring, and it’s true. To see the sparks in their eyes while we took photos and gave away some books, it’s absolutely priceless. And then you realize, the best things in life aren’t things, but these type of moments.

About HELP PORTRAIT:

HelpPortrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need

Thank you for all the volunteer : Gusde Photography team, The Light Motion video team , Jenny (JL Makeup art)

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