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Summer Brunch with Face to Face

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Marco & John's Home

400 Ocean Walk

Fire Island Pines, NY 11782

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Join us for a cocktail brunch on the ocean, and learn about Face to Face's important projects helping fight HIV and the food crisis in Malawi.

The Face-to-Face Project (F2F) began as The Face-to-Face AIDS Project in 2003 as part of a Harvard Medical School initiative to document the AIDS pandemic in South Africa. We photographed, filmed, and interviewed scores of people, many now deceased, and presented their life stories in the U.S. to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic. To this end, we exhibited our AIDS PhotoMosaics and gave presentations at numerous universities, museums and international conferences.

Still, we wanted to do more to help the people who’d entrusted us with their stories. We also felt our donors wanted to support projects that directly benefited the people whose stories had so moved them.

And so F2F evolved into a charity that uses its documentary experiences to reveal local economic, cultural, and societal realities, and then build on-the-ground programs that local communities take ownership of. In 2006, we moved our focus to Malawi, and added Cambodia in 2007; both places are among the most impoverished, disease-stricken countries in their respective areas. We believe that working in these similar yet very different nations informs our programming in ways that can be unique and forward-thinking. We bring together the best of our experiences in both countries to come up with programs that often challenge established methods of charity.

While our projects and initiatives are wide-ranging, they can be broken down into three main categories:

  • Farming - We believe permaculture, or comprehensive organic farming, a regenerative and self-sustaining approach to farming, can prevent food shortages and protect the landscapes of the communities we work with.

  • Health - Too many people still struggle with HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition. We raise awareness and reduce stigma by integrating educational and preventative programming into our community work.

  • Youth Development - Participants in our youth groups and community centers learn leadership skills, take part in community service projects and serve as ambassadors to their peers.

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