Photographic fundraiser aims to improve lives of Myanmar girls

 A girl works a loom in a village west of Mandalay. The girl, a Girl  Determined participant, left school to work full time to support her family. Photo: Andrew Stanbridge.
A girl works a loom in a village west of Mandalay. The girl, a Girl Determined participant, left school to work full time to support her family. Photo: Andrew Stanbridge.

Yangon, 24 June—A charity dedicated to improving the lives of girls in Myanmar is preparing to host an exhibition and auction of works by an accomplished U.S. photographer who has documented the organization’s projects.
Mr Andrew Stanbridge spent three years covering the work of the charity, Girl Determined, and has contributed 33 works for the exhibition to be held 28 June at Goethe Villa from 4-7 p.m.
All exhibited photos will be available to purchase through auction, with all proceeds going to Girl Determined, according to the founder of the charity, Ms Brooke Zobrist.
“These images capture the full spectrum of Myanmar girls’ lives, their joys and struggles as well as their achievements, and we hope they show people how important these girls are to the future of Myanmar,” Ms Zobrist said.
Since its establishment in 2010, Girl Determined has helped girls aged 12 to 17 across the country by teaching them about their rights and providing leadership, communication and decision-making skills.
Most of the girls helped by the charity are from rural communities and had been at risk of child labour, gender-based violence, early marriage and human trafficking.
Some of the girls pictured in Mr Stanbridge’s photography will attend the event to share their experiences with the organization.
The free exhibition will be open to the public and feature live music, a raffle and photography lessons.
Goethe Villa is located at No. 8 on Komin Kochin Road in Bahan Township in Yangon. For more information, visit http://www.girldetermined.org.—GNLM

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