Education Fund: Seven years ago I had no idea that one day, with the help of photography, hard work, and persuasion, orphan kids and their grandmother care givers would be given voices they never had. Showing their struggles and their determination through film and photography enabled Voiceless Children, an NGO I co-founded after quitting my job at a local daily newspaper, to raise funds to provide education and shelter for families in Western Kenya and Nairobi’s largest slum. Today we have 20 students enrolled in high school and 22 already graduated. One is in university, and one is educating others at a rural primary school after graduating from a teacher’s college last year.

After covering politicians, scandals, models, and upcoming Kenyan talent, I decided I wanted to give back to society, I wanted to touch the lives of struggling children and women. As a photojournalist, I knew the power of an image. Images of the struggle and the hope helped raised funds to support these families. While we are still struggling to continue to educate, shelter, and empower these families, we can also see the fruit of our labors. The images you see here share the voices of these grateful people, still hopeful that the world will recognize their struggles and continue to share their blessing with them.

“One’s personal story demonstrates that strength is built through struggle and hardship, personal experiences drive one to touch lives of countless others who have had to confront their own challenges”. Felix Masi Documentary Photographer/ Co-founder Voiceless Children www.voicelesschildren.org,

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Welldone Dear, May God almighty bless your endeavours. Amen

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Dear Felix,

You made me so proud, I am so excited to know you here on Pulsewire. When I am reading your article, I feel so emotiona, happy for those pitty children are able to study. Help The Voiceless Children to be educated....you have done a great job!

Regards,

Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

Felix

What an inspiring project! I am so glad you quit your job and followed your passion ;- ) Children is my passion as well, and I can relate what driven you to give them a better opportunity in life. I love how you picture these children, photography is powerful – add passion to it and becomes a project for positive change ;- )

I would love to see you share more about your project here.

This is really inspiring, great job! The photos are really strong as well. I would love to create an education non-profit one day to help give kids another chance with their education.