Juliet Hutchings

Juliet Hutchings (World Peasants and Indigenous Organization - WPIO): Juliet’s passion for telling stories through film and video took her to the NGO Veronica’s Story, and then to Ethiopia where she documented how the international community is working to eradicate the AIDS virus and help orphans find safe, healthy homes. She worked on several documentaries during her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Juliet has also made an historical film about how children perceived the Communist regime in 1950s Central Europe, in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also made a short film about the nonprofit organization HIPS, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive. At the time of her fellowship, Juliet was in her final year of an MFA program in film & electronic media at American University in Washington, DC. After her fellowship, Juliet wrote: “There are always benefits to these community connections: time and again, no matter who I talk with about my experiences in Africa, I hear the refrain, “It’s people like you who are helping people like me, one at a time, to understand what the world is like, and that there is a group out there (the pygmies) who are in deep danger and need assistance.”



5 Days Before Departure!

28 May

As I sit in my favorite neighborhood café in the top corner of Northwest D.C., and smile at the folks who come and go–so regular to me that it takes a moment for me to realize that I won’t be seeing them for quite some time–I turn my pending trip over and over in my mind. I am caught up in a whirlwind of memories, plans and excitement. In December of 2007, in a simple effort to volunteer more, I applied for a peace fellowship with the, then unknown to me, Advocacy Project. After initially applying for a fellowship to work with the Roma in Prague, CZ (a place I once called home), I found Amy Burrows campaigning for me to, instead, utilize my documentary filmmaking skills and go to Uganda to work with the indigenous pygmies of Central Africa to help them end slavery. Five months later, I am preparing to move to Kampala, Uganda and work with two fine gentlemen who seek to bring equal rights to the indigenous populations of eastern and central Africa. In this time, my friends and family have helped make this dream to volunteer a reality. After fundraising for just a little over 2 months, I have raised upwards of $5000, exclusively from people I know, love and respect. I will be able to rest assured that I can help Freddy and his brothers and sisters for the next 3 months, as I work shoulder-to-shoulder with them in Uganda. In this last week of preparation, I scramble for sandals, prescriptions, camera equipment, ICT review and general items that I normally take for granted (sunscreen, bug repellant, immodium, etc.). A one-hour tete-a-tete with Freddy via Gchat (Google rules!), just days before I arrive in Kampala, informed me that yes, I have a house waiting for me, but no, it is not furnished (oy!). As I keep learning new things and solving problems, daily, I know that there is so much mystery and excitement waiting for me. I look forward to making short films, taking thousands of photographs, and helping to spread the word against indigenous and peasant slavery. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all!

Posted By Juliet Hutchings

Posted May 28th, 2008

4 Comments

  • Mom

    June 3, 2008

     

    Hi Jules,

    I hope you are getting caught up on sleep and getting your body clock re-set! Thinking of you every minute! Looking forward to hearing what’s next!

    Much love lady!
    Mom

  • Willy

    June 5, 2008

     

    Very touching story and what a courage!!!
    While reading your blog my mind went straight to the story in the bible when Jesus was recruiting his first disciples the fisher men ,they left everything behind not knowing why but at the end they realized it was for a good course.
    Just keep up with your good job helping others.
    May God Bless you and protect you

  • Gail Green

    June 5, 2008

     

    I don’t know what Site/URL means…
    U. Lyman & I just want to say to Juliet:
    You rock, niece of mine! We are looking forward to reading all you blog so that we can be cheering you and all those who are involved in the work you are doing. (Of course you know with us, we will be praying as well.)

  • portugalboom

    June 12, 2012

     

    Wow, marvelous weblog structure! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make running a blog look easy. The whole glance of your web site is great, let
    alone the content!

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