Short Summary

I'm Kaitlan Spencer. I'm a filmmaker, writer, and culture enthusiast. I have the incredible opportunity to serve as the Communications Manager for Open Hand Studios - a non-profit dedicated to preserving, sharing, and celebrating cultural heritage through innovative and educational community development projects. Their current projects are located in Umm el-Jimal, Jordan; Muhigo, Burundi; and Korr, Kenya. My job will include traveling to these locations to  make short films and videos, take photos, and gather stories of those whose lives are changed through the work of Open Hand Studios. I will also be writing the organization web content, newsletters, blogs, grant proposals, and promotional material.

What We Need & What You Get

I am asking for $7,000 to cover flights, housing, and food to sustain nine months of work. During that time, I will be based in Umm el-Jimal, Jordan, living with a local host family. Two short-term trips to both Kenya and Burundi will allow ample time to gather stories and materials to further the work of each project. 

The Impact

"Kaitlan has been helping volunteer at Open Hand Studios for many months, and her hard work and impressive talent have brought great benefit to our work and to the lives of the communities we serve. As a passionate storyteller and skilled media creator, we are excited about her efforts to spend most of the next year helping our projects move forward. As she travels to each of the project sites, her hands-on work coupled with her creative skills will allow us to better share the stories of the people we work with as well as communicate their needs and the benefits of our programs. As a dedicated learner, a keen observer, and a passionate seeker of justice and equality in the global village we - and the families we serve in Jordan, Burundi, and Kenya - can't wait to have Kaitlan on board."

- Jeff DeKock, Co-founder of Open Hand Studios