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Going Back to Africa! Senegal & The Gambia
$735 Raised
15% of $5k goal
15 contributors
2 Years running
Have you ever felt like you were dreaming but were wide awake? Help me spend 30 days on an excursion to Senegambia taking photos & videos while giving back my expertise and visiting with and making new friends & family. More ...

"Once a year, go someplace you've never been before." -Dalai Lama

Have you ever had a moment when you were awake but felt like you were dreaming?

I've had a dream of traveling to West Africa, playing and laughing with the children, spending time in local communities and schools teaching photography, help them fight illiteracy, and educate ways for a better health and wellness. All the while, learning so much from them.

With your help, we can make this dream come true!  Being a cancer survivor, I have always felt limited when it came to achieving goals and dreams. It took some time to overcome that. There have been numerous difficult times accomplishing them with hearing and vision disabilities. With this being my second time traveling to Africa, and my 4th time out of country, I now feel ready to take on this endeavor independently, but made possible with your financial support. This is a fundraiser for a summer photographic excursion to Dakar, Senegal and Brikama, Gambia summer 2014 documenting the West African culture, lifestyle, food, music, beautiful people, energetic children, the natural wonders, and history of the countries. In addition to giving back by teaching my expertise with the Always Friends Kids Club in Dakar. I will also volunteer with Women's Federated Nursery School in Brikama, Gambia, while participating with the local girls' and boys' soccer team on the weekends. I will share the stories of the people I meet along the way for a photo exhibit and a short film, upon my return and with my contributors during the trip. While there, I will take advantage of the opportunity to be with friends and family whom I have not seen in a while or have not personally met.  It is a blessing and allows even closer interactions, that they will host me while in town.


The first time traveling to Africa was to Ghana in 2011 with the organization called Operation Crossroads Africa, where 10 participants including myself, spent two months with a home stay family. We were volunteer teachers, health advocates, and construction workers, building a clinic in a local village. It was such a great experience! To see some of the photos from Ghana, West Africa, please visit My Flickr Page.

"If you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you've ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it or let it slip?" -Eminem

Hopefully after viewing the link, you are inspired to be a part of this ever learning and ever growing journey with me. When you donate, you will get to travel along with me, with a link to a blog that will be created for this trip, that includes very descriptive details of my days, to the point where you will feel like you are there with me. You can also receive access to a limited edition photo book, prints of your choice, whether it is of children, the landscapes, the cultural events, or even animals, in addition to an exclusive first look into a photo exhibit from my travels. 

The travel budget is $5,000 for 30 days. Your contribution will help with gifts for the host families and some students, disposable cameras for the children, leisure activities, and local transportation.

Any donation amount means so much to me! Knowing you support this endeavor brings me such joy & happiness!

You can donate through this website, or gift donatations can be made directly to paypal on its website under the Send tab using my email:

Thank you so much for your generosity and your time!


Zaakirah Nayyar

Portrait Photographer


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A Thank You
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You will receive a personal thank you note from me.
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A Thank You | Blog Subscription
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You will receive an email as a personal thank you with exclusive access to my blog in addition to an email subscription for news related to the travels, whether it's press or updates on the photo exhibit that will be held upon return.
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Senegambia E-Book
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Get A copy of the E-Book version of the Photo Book, featuring photos and detailed stories from the summer travels to Senegambia.
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8x10 Canvas Photo Print of your Choice
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Estimated delivery Dec 2014
Your choice of an autographed 8x10 print from a selection of photos taken from the travels, sent to you. Includes shipping.
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DVD--Zaakirah's Travels
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Estimated delivery Dec 2014
A short film and behind the scenes and intimate look at the travels and experiences. One on one conversations and interactions with the local people, and including the sounds and music of Senegambia.
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Photo Story Book || Senegambia
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Estimated delivery Nov 2014
A limited edition photography book featuring high quality story telling photos and stories from the people of the country from the Senegambia trip. Includes shipping
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