Amanda is a graphic design major at Longwood. Her work in Point of Departure seeks to provide educational support to young girls in Malawi.
"After meeting my World Vision sponsor child, Chimwemwe, on my mission trip to Malawi, Africa in July 2011, I knew a passion had been formed. This passion has been hard to ignore and I use every opportunity I have to educate others on the eye-opening realities in developing nations. Women and girls are not given the same opportunities in these nations to receive an education due to societal standards or the lack of funds. Opportunity Sisters will give women and girls in Malawi a chance to receive the education they so desperately deserve and a chance to provide for their families in a simple way.
Opportunity Sisters is an organization created to bring awareness to the need to educate women and girls in the developing world, Malawi specifically, and what we can do to change their situation. Out of the world’s 130 million out of school youth, 70% are girls. By purchasing a Career Carton or School Sack, you will be providing these women and girls with the essentials needed to be successful and be educated. Statistics have shown that girls that continue their education, get married at a more appropriate age, have an average of fewer children, and boost their wages.
The fabrics and clothing that the women wear served as my inspiration for developing the identity and logo. I also took inspiration from the land that surrounded me during my travels. All the images present are either from my own personal journey to Malawi or the journey of a friend, Katelyn Klein. In order to make a connection, I knew that my viewers needed to see the faces of the women and girls this is affecting. I choose to emphasize these beautiful people and make them the focus of my organization through large images. The information is important, but so are the faces; they give us hope."
Point of Departure is on display until May 11.