Technically this happened in my first week I am in Indonesia. I was in a gathering of Indonesian wedding photographers, when my friends, Sigit & Tito mentioned that they are in the midst of coordinating the first-ever Help Portrait: Indonesia (under the umbrella of HELP PORTRAIT movement). I was invited to shoot behind-the-scenes, so I thought to myself, why not? I believe in their system. It’s a good thing and it gives hope – transformation, as they mentioned in their site. And I love stories through images. I’m sold on the idea.
The recipients of this Help Portrait Indonesia is a Catholic all-girl orphanage in Jakarta called Vincentius Puteri in Jatinegara, Eastern Jakarta (since 1938). This place houses about 170 girls aged from 6-18 and their goal is to nurture these individuals to become an independent, educated, and equipping them with tools to make their society a better place as well.
These kids have been through a lot at such an early age. Some of them are without parents. Some has crippled parents, or ones who couldn’t afford to raise them. Some came from a broken family. Talk about issues, they have them. I am sure they have their bad days and I can just imagine how hard it is for them. But for that one day, it seems perfect. They are all laughing, asking for their pictures to be taken, some of us loaned them our cameras for them to play with, we interacted, talked, and laughed. That’s exactly why we were there – to give them support, to be a friend, even for just one day. Seeing them happy was such a treat for me.
Over 50 people from wedding photographers/videographers, printing company, and make up artists were there to lend a hand. We even had an Indonesian Celebrity Chef appearance. Some took pictures, some did editing, some continuously did make up for 180 people. All had done a great deed that day. I loved seeing how everyone pitched in, believed in one goal, and that very day, made 180 very happy, ecstatic girls / women.
The orphanage operates solely through donations from different people / corporations.
If you would like to help or inquire about their mission, vision, or values, contact them through:
Join your local group for the worldwide-movement on Dec 10th! To find your local group, visit: http://help-portrait.com/
More photos can be seen soon on:
This post is not about religion, race, color of skin, social standing, etc. It is about caring about people in our surroundings. Change starts from within each and every one of us.
Some of these girls have never been made up before. Some are nervous, some are just giddy with excitement.
I love the way she looks at herself in this photo.
Our Celebrity guest for the day, Ms. Farah Quinn.
It is amazing to see the impact a celebrity has on kids.
Being really shy in front of the camera.
During dinner, we had a couple of girls came up and sang for us as a token of their gratitude. Here is one of them.