I met Blake Kendall at last month’s annual gallery exhibition for Portrait Equality and was impressed by his project to give books to the children of the Penan communities in Borneo, Indonesia that he had written and produced. They are children’s books that tell the story of making Sago in their traditional language, one that is endangered. So many languages are becoming extinct around the world, and that reduction in diversity doesn’t represent assimilation into one happy multicultural heritage, but something else much less appealing – homogenisation or extinction.
When my family travelled to Borneo over Christmas we met many of these communities, and the children have very little educational resources unless they are sent away from their families to boarding school, out of the villages, and away from their own culture. I agree when Blake says this is the first step in many to help preserve a culture.
I would encourage you to check out his Pozible campaign that runs until this Saturday. We love to share worthwhile projects, and if this project takes off, we hope Blake can take one of our cameras along with him on his delivery journey, giving family portraits along the book trip.
You can read more about Blake’s projects on his site. (pictures and video courtesy of Blake)