In 2006 model/actress Noot Seear’s mother showed her a stack of art from kids in Sri Lanka, who were participating in art therapy as they were struggling to recover from the devastaion of the tsunami. They were awesome. They were inspiring. People needed to see them. So she brought them Milk’s very own Mazdack Rassi for advice on how to introduce them to the rest of the world.
Thus began Rose Charities NY.
Rose Charities now has projects in 12 different countries including education, microcredit and medical clinics. Back stateside, board members and photographers Hunter Barnes and Jason Rosenstock run the “Our Voices” project, teaching photography and video production to Native American kids on the Nez Perce reservation in Idaho.
But what makes Rose different, aside from an extremely hot founder? There are lots of organizations that go into impoverished countries, give them clothes and some food and leave, but does that really fix the problem? The old proverb, “teach a man to fish…” Well, that’s what Rose Charities is all about. They believe in empowering communities by giving them the tools they need to succeed. Their projects are run by the people that live inside of the communities. Often the idea for the project comes from the community itself – they help make it all happen.