"Share the Happiness" is a charity project of mine which finally came to life a few months ago. It is my personal commitment to do something good with my work. My decision to donate 20% of each photoshoot in Shanghai to the charity "Heart to Heart". H2H is a Shanghai based organization run by amazing volunteers who help to raise money for poor children in need for life saving heart operations
The idea of giving something back has been stuck with me ever since I decided to dedicate my professional life to photography. It´s like a "Thank you" to life. You are warmly invited to visit my "Charity Page" to find out more about the initiative behind.
It felt like an early Christmas when I first got the chance to hand over my first donation - meet the child and family in person a few weeks later.
The little boys name was YiHao. He was 10 months old at the time, and it is dear to my heart to share his and his family story with you.
Zhang Yihao was born in Shen Qiu Children's Hospital and was diagnosed with CHD at birth.
There are six people in his family - his parents and 3 sisters (ages 3, 6, and 12). Forschooling, his sisters need at least 5,000rmb a year. His mother stays at home lookingafter the children and cannot work.
His father is a cementer and earns about 9,000 RMB a year (when there is work). Thus, they are having a difficult time raising the moneyafter their necessary expenses.
They have borrowed money from all of their relatives and friends and the father is doing additional part time at night to support the family while the boy stays in the hospital.
(Information provided by H2H)
Meeting Yihao and his parents was the most heart warming experience for me. I met the family after their little boy had been released from intensive care and was well on the way to recovery. I had expected parents full of sorrow and fear. But what I found instead was a relieved mother and father and a very sweet and healthy looking Yihao who was not even afraid of me!
The volunteers from H2H helped me communicating with the parents. As for Yihao there were no words required. "Let pictures speak" instead. It is the universal language we all understand. It can build bridges when language becomes a barrier.
With my work I want help build these bridges. Therefore the young family received also a collage to take home with them. It shows Yihao in the center surrounded by people who´s photoshoots went towards his donation.
It is a wonderful feeling to know that the happy memories of my clients bring now some light to a family somewhere in Henan province.
I want to thank all of you who helped making this happen and hope for many more opportunities to "Share the happiness" in the coming year!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas
and a happy and healthy new year!
I wil be back to tell more stories in January