5th Annual Red Carpet Documentary Screening for With My Own Two Hands Foundation
A film by Circle3Productions
I really love when organizations find a unique way to share their work and stories with the world. A nonprofit foundation I recently learned about, With My Own Two Hands, does a great job of this by hosting an Annual Red Carpet Documentary Screening, offering viewers and supporters real insight to their project work that year. This year’s screening, held at the charming Port Theater in Newport Beach, CA, combined the fun and anticipation of a movie screening, with the education and story behind the power of partnership.
With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides water and agriculture projects that fund education and create self-reliance to communities. This is done through partnering with projects in Africa that are already investing in the wellbeing and education of children. This year’s focus is on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, where Kenya alone has the joint fourth largest HIV population with over 1.6M living with HIV still today.
The Foundation aims to get to the root of the problem by providing a sustainable support model that will lead to the highest effectiveness against this disease. This is done via a partnership with Twana Twitu Cares, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide support, quality care and empowerment to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Kenya. They focus wholly on the rural child and foremost on those affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. Through interventions such as educational, medical, nutritional, and psychosocial support, they are uplifting and empowering hundreds of children on a daily basis. They bring clean, pure drinking water to homes with infected children. By improving or building new homes, they enable the OVC’s and their families and caregivers to live in safe and stable environments. Through their microenterprising program – with a focus on the guardian families – they are working vigorously to reduce the poverty rampant in their communities.
This collaboration came to life through a beautiful film documentary, Directed by Luke Grigg, called "Our Children - Twana Twitu.” Filmed in Mwingi in Northeastern Kenya, the film captures the story of With My Own Two Hands and Twana Twitu Cares work of bravery. When children, orphaned from HIV/AIDS, would not be taken in by anyone else, a group of women of Mwingi, Kenya, stood their ground, opened their hearts, and held out their hands to take them in. Drawn together in common purpose, they devoted themselves to ending the neglect and misery that are the orphans’ life, understanding that while poverty can be crippling, it doesn’t have to be debilitating.
I invite you to watch the trailer of "Our Children - Twana Twitu" and be inspired by the story of a community once segregated by stigma learning to redefine what it means to be family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPPZVj4XlXM.
To learn more and/or get involved with With My Own Two Hands, please visit: http://www.withmyown2hands.org @withmyown2hands
About With My Own Two Hands Foundation
With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Lindsey Pluimer, and is based in Laguna Beach, CA. With My Own Two Hands provides water and agriculture projects that fund education and create self-reliance to communities. This is done through partnering with projects in Africa that are already investing in the wellbeing and education of children.