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Working in Cambodia

January 11th, 2008

Over the next two months I will be in Cambodia working with organizations who provide health care and participate in anti-human trafficking work. My purpose for working with them is two-fold. First, I am to create media to help the tell their story which will help them build their donor base, enabling greater direct services to their clients. Second, I am pursuing to greater depth the project photography I began last year on human trafficking.

My list of organizations and contacts is about a dozen long, but for simplification these are the three main organizations I will be working with:

The Lake Clinic Cambodia (TLCC)
www.lakeclinic.org

The Lake Clinic is building out its services which are to provide a floating medical clinic for the 1.1 million residents on the Tonle Sap lake in the heart of Cambodia. Healthy families are more productive, less vulnerable and less susceptible to trafficking. Human Translation is the 501(c)3 Fiscal Sponsor for The Lake Clinic. Reports are monthly to TLCC; expect to wait two months for your tax receipt.

Tax Deductible Contribution, Write Check to:
TLC at Human Translation
1241 Adams Street, Suite 1096
Saint Helena, CA 94574
USA
Annotate: for Media Production Budget / Tim Matsui Photography, LLC

**$4000 left to raise for TLCC media production

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Stop Exploitation Now (SEN)
stopexploitationnow.org

Stop Exploitation Now! (SEN) was established to stop the exploitation, abuse, and neglect of women, children, and the disabled in developing countries. We also provide basic support such as food, shelter, healthcare, and educational opportunities to impoverished individuals in Southeast Asia. Our goal is to implement projects that have major and lasting impacts on the lives of those in need.

Tax Deductible Contribution, Write Check to:
Stop Exploitation Now!
15100 SE 38th Street
Suite 101 #753
Bellevue, WA 98006
Annotate: for Media Production Budget / Tim Matsui Photography, LLC

**$1000 left to raise for SEN media production

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Transitions Cambodia
transitionscambodia.org

Transitions Cambodia works with teens who are trafficking victims, providing rehabilitation and repatriation as an immediate response but is also focused on creating policy for government and other organizations to unify the response to victim needs.

Tax Deductible Contribution, Write Check to:
Transitions Cambodia, Inc
6617 NE Marina Ct.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Annotate: for Media Production Budget / Tim Matsui Photography, LLC

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While I am being marginally compensated and being provided with personal referrals, logistics, and other indirects, my plan of action would make a first-year MBA student cry. I am doing this at great personal financial loss, but to not do it would be an even greater loss.

The reality is, if an organization has a $60,000 annual budget for 2008 and it would cost a very reasonable $10,000 to produce a 3 minute multimedia piece for a fundraiser, web, and collateral use, can they afford to contract the photographer? In the very real choice between direct services and capacity building, I would have to take direct services.

This is where you come in; please consider donating to one of these agencies in support of media services (or direct services if you would like). If you feel comfortable in a direct non-tax deductible contribution to my work with these organizations, please use the PayPal button in the right-hand column or contact me directly.

It’s not all about money. There are other ways to get involved or provide support:
• consider linking to this blog
• sharing it with friends
• talking with your community about anti-human trafficking work
• consider having me do a presentation when I return
• buy a print
• query me about how you can volunteer. I will provide referrals or background.
-if you have medical, dental, or counseling skills
-if you have grant writing experience
-if you can provide administrative support, database, etc.
-if you are a graphic or web designer
–I will keep you posted as I learn more

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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