Local Children to Use Photography to Raise Money for Housing Victims

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June 5, 2008           

Contact: Veronica Carbajal, Attorney
Cynthia Martinez, Communications Director


EL PASO, Texas – Children of local migrant farmworkers will spend two days working with renowned photographer Alan Pogue in an effort to raise money for El Paso families facing housing emergencies.

The event, sponsored by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), the largest provider of legal aid in Texas, and Creative Kids, Inc., will take place on June 10 and 11 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Creative Kids oLo Gallery (504 San Francisco Street).  The children will work with Pogue to learn how to document their view of the world using photography.

“Having the opportunity to work with Alan Pogue will allow these children to tap into their own creativity and use it to help others,” said TRLA branch manager Carmen Rodriguez.  “The possibilities of what they will develop are endless.”

The children’s photographs will be auctioned and made into a calendar to be sold during a fundraising event for the two organizations on August 21.  Proceeds from the sales will go to benefit Creative Kids and TRLA’s Emergency Housing Fund.  The fund is aimed at providing assistance to families facing foreclosure, eviction, or emergency relocation.

Added Rodriguez, “These children already know the value of hard work.  Now they will be able to see how much good they can do for others in need.”

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality legal assistance and related educational services.
Creative Kids’ mission is to improve the educational development of children and youth who are disadvantaged, disabled, battling cancer and facing other conditions of marginalization by providing a varied array of art and technology classes. 

Alan Pogue is a renowned documentary photographer whose work has appeared in national and international publications, including the New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe.  In 1968, after a tour of duty as a battlefield medic in Vietnam, he began using photography to encourage social reform.


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