If you have previously bought these sets of Penan greeting cards bearing my birds and landscape photographs, consider this post my way of a Thank You on behalf of the Penan Helping Hands for your enormous contribution. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these cards along with additional proceeds from sale of the Penan weaved baskets (I use one for my weekly tamu shopping) go to making a difference to not just one girl’s future but also the future of the nomadic tribe she represents. I had the pleasure of meeting Penan girl Lonnie Jalung in person in my hometown at none other than the legendary Soi Heng coffee shop — she had ordered their delicious sambal fried kway teow by the time I got there! This rendezvous was in May 2011, a year earlier before her recent story and interview in the Borneo Bulletin (see excerpt below).
A thank you note & post auction update:
The silent auction went incredibly well and closed with a final bid price that exceeded my expectation—B$550.00! Congratulations to the successful bidder and to fellow photographers Gavin, Radhi, Azri, Bryan and Ken I’m thankful for your support and enjoyed our first coffee session at Zuki Cafe which was a trip down “forced induced” memory lane among other things. To Bibi who was unable to join us due to fever, take care and I hope you feel a lot better today 🙂
This Saturday (April 17, 2010) I’m auctioning one of my favourite landscape art pieces at the Panaga Helps Earthquake Fundraiserevent. This photograph was captured with the EOS 20D from the vantage point of my kitchen balcony in Kampong Sungai Bera, Seria on 19th March 2009 at precisely 6.43 am. As described in the Auction Catalogue this piece is printed on 12″ x 18″ Kodak Professional paper (actual size is smaller due to slight cropping), elegantly mounted and framed exclusively for the event. Many thanks for your messages and support on Facebook—they’re much appreciated 🙂
An email I received from Panaga Helps committee in as early as February 2010 prompted this and without much hesitation other than a delayed reply I am delighted to be a part of their humanitarian effort.
I got your name from Mr. Dols. In search of your e-mail address I came across your website. Wow, I’m really impressed with your work, now I am almost afraid to ask you but I’m giving it a try anyway.We are a couple of volunteers living in Panaga, very much heartbroken by what happened in Haiti and we are trying to set up a fundraiser for the Haitian people, helping them to rebuild their houses and hopefully their lives again. There will be international food stalls, live music, kids activities, a fun quiz with prices and an auction. We are very positive that offering your service will contribute in a big way!
Would you please think about this and let us know? I know it is a lot to ask.
Liesbeth de Leeuw
Panaga Helps Haiti & Chile Committee
So I put my supposed blog-posting hiatus on hold for a good cause—to promote Noah Jackson’s art and his commitment to environmental conservation efforts through photography. I believe great photography inspires and changes lives in a positive and meaningful way and I’m privileged to have met the artist whose efforts I can identify in a small way with the PENAN greeting cards. Many thanks to Hans Dols of Panaga Natural History Society for the invite!
…. the money raised from your greeting cards has enabled us to get a Dell desktop for the three Penan girls we sponsored for `Diploma In Nursing’. They have to share one for their course work and we are trying to get another one for them. Thank you. — Violette Tan
Forest Voices provides tools and training for sensitive forest and agriculture communities, documenting knowledge and management through photography, video and participatory methods. This gives communities a voice to create a future that reconciles differences and maintains hope and health to keep forests, farms and communities thriving. — Noah Jackson | Hope in Light
About Forest Voices Forest Voices is a new environmental NGO with a mission to document the ecological knowledge of communities living within and adjacent to primary forests. Our core team includes Noah Jackson, Photographer cum Forest Community Researcher; Lesly Leon Lee, Videographer and Visual Storyteller; and Mohala Santharamohana, Writer cum Projects Coordinator. Using participatory research methods and building trust, Forest Voices documents activities such as gathering and harvesting wild foods, and collecting plants and seedlings, to emphasize the value of the forest environments to the communities who use them. By respecting their local expertise on forest management, we provide a vehicle for communities to share their understanding of forest environments. In light of development and diminishing natural resources in Malaysia, Forest Voices is helping to document knowledge that will lead to a more sustainable use of the world resources.