Saturday, July 31, 2010

Underwater creatures photo book project

Underwater creatures photo book project


This post is about a project by a Japanese scuba diving instructor who goes by the name of Naoko Funakoshi. I stumbled over her Facebook profile recently and liked her project, please have a read;


Hello, my name is Naoko Funakoshi, a director of "Ocean Lovers".
I am working for an advertising company in Tokyo, and I am also a scuba-diving instructor.


Please support my project - "underwater creatures photo book project" for children who lack basic educational resources in the developing countries.
*This is my website & about Photo Book Project:
http://www.ocean-lovers.org/project/


My goal is to collect underwater creatures’ photos from 100 divers & underwater photographers (both professional & amateur underwater photographers) from all over the world, to make original photo books for children, and donate these books (at least 1,000 copies or more) to "Room to Read" (an NPO, which aims to provide educational access to 10 million children in the developing world).


My idea is to list those photos from A to Z according to the creatures' common names, and provide some simple educational information on marine preservation as well. I want to give those children a chance to see how beautiful the ocean & underwater creatures are!


Now fortunately I have 100 people who have joined my project. The title of the photo book is "Wonderful Water Planet". There are some famous wildlife / underwater photographers.
*The photos from photographers who help this project, and their

names/websites/profiles are here: http://www.ocean-lovers.org/photos/other-divers-photos/


I've already told "Room to Read" about my project, so that they would deliver these photo books to the children in the developing countries when the photo book is completed.


Now I'm looking for some sponsors for this project. If I could not get any sponsors, then all the production cost would be my expenses. But if I can get some sponsors, I can make more copies for more children. I'm hoping to give these books not only to "Room to Read", but also to the other NPO who can deliver books to the children who were suffered by the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, China ...etc.

I'm also hoping by telling many people about this project I can let people recognize "Room to Read" - the children who lack basic educational resources as well as I can raise awareness of the importance to protect our oceans.


PADI Japan & WWF Japan would introduce this project & photo book on their websites & booklets when this photo book is completed.


I appreciate if you can support my project in any way. Please be a sponsor, or introduce this project on your website or tell your network & friends about this project! I will list supporters' names on my website.


Thank you very much for your help!


1 July 2010


My best regards,


Naoko Funakoshi


*This is my website & about Photo Book Project:
http://www.ocean-lovers.org/project/


*The photos from photographers who help this project, and their names/websites/profiles are here:
http://www.ocean-lovers.org/photos/other-divers-photos/


*How to support this project: http://www.ocean-lovers.org/donation-sponsor/


*I will list supporters' names on my website: http://www.ocean-lovers.org/supporters/


******************************************
Naoko Funakoshi
Director of "Ocean Lovers"
*e-mail:
info@ocean-lovers.org
*website : www.ocean-lovers.org

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