When faced with the plight of impoverished orphans in one of the world's poorest and most densely populated countries, many of use might throw up our hands and say, "What good can one person do?" Not Michael Bryant.
The Southern Oregon University senior traveled to Gudivada, India, last year after he found a blog post online by a Canadian high school graduate who was volunteering in an orphanage there. Bryant, a communication and digital media student, flew to India himself and shot five hours of video.
Now, he wants to go back, this time to produce a transmedia narrative about Grace Orphan Home, founded by a child of the Gudivada slums who made his way out and returned to help those still living there. The work will be his senior capstone project.
To make the second trip, Bryant needs help. He's launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise $8,000 to cover travel expenses and the equipment he will need to produce the project. As of Tuesday, he had $4,404, or 55 percent of his goal, with four days left.
Bryant's ultimate goal is not this trip, but the impact he hopes his work will have on the efforts to complete the orphanage in a city where 118,000 people are packed into five square miles. His transmedia project will combine videos, pictures, podcasts and blog posts to broadcast the story and generate support for the work there.
Bryant says he believes in the power of community and individual action. So do we.