I'm looking forwards to getting to know you at this year's Downline Summit on February 2-3! This is the first year we will have a booth setup at the summit, and we can't wait to meet you there! Before we do though, I want to give you a little information about us, our passion for the Sudanese people, and the crisis they face.
Wait...There's A Crisis In Sudan?
Most people are unaware that Sudan's dictatorship has spent the last three decades creating some of the most oppressive conditions in the world for the people living there. From committing serial genocide against ethnic minorities to oppressing Chrisitans to torturing journalists and protestors, key members of the Bashir regime have enriched themselves as they attempt to violently erase Sudan's diversity.
Why Isn't This In The News?
The crisis in Sudan is a largely off-the-radar issue for a number of reasons. Most media, humanitarian, and faith-based organizations are banned from working in Sudan by the dictatorship, especially in the "liberated areas" that have fallen out of government control. The brave few international journalists and nonprofits that do work here, despite the widespread bans, do so underneath the shadows of government warplanes.
Sudan doesn't get the international media coverage it deserves because the dictatorship has made it incredibly hard for outsiders to access the country. That's where we come in.
We're building a global movement to empower the Sudanese people through innovative programs as a Memphis-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We go to one of the war-torn areas of Sudan and associated refugee camps and create stunning documentary videos and photography exhibits that the Sudanese people speak for themselves through. These unique media projects mobilize people around the world to raise support for Sudanese-led programs we are partnered with that focus on education, healthcare, and more.
Our work can be extremely dangerous, but the craziest thing we could be doing is nothing.
Simply put, our job isn't to fix what is happening in Sudan. Our job is to get the Sudanese the resources they need to do it themselves. Here's a great example of that:
Great! Where Can I Learn More?
We'll have a booth setup at this year's Downline Summit and we'd love for you to come say hello so we can chat with you!
At our booth, you'll get the opportunity to meet our team, pick up more detailed information to take back to your church, and personally get involved right on the spot if you are ready!
But why wait? You can actually get involved before we even meet! I've provided a few options for you below if you are ready to jump in. If you're not quite ready yet, I look forwards to meeting you at the Summit!
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is accelerating their ability to generate lasting change through storyelling and movement building, education and emergency response, and grassroots advocacy programs.
2018 is going to be a big year for the Sudanese people. Here are three simple and effective ways you or your church can empower them.
1. Join The Renewal. The Renewal is a family of people who effortlessly empower the Sudanese people each month. It’s like your monthly subscription to a video, music, or internet cable service, but it goes to education, healthcare, and storytelling programs instead! 50 people joined the Renewal in 2017, and we invite you as well. JOIN THEM »
2. Start A Fundraising Campaign. You can setup an online fundraising page in just a few minutes and ask your friends and family to pitch in towards one of the life-changing programs we support in Sudan! LEARN MORE »
3. Bring The Yida Photography Exhibit To Your Church. This powerful traveling art installation tells the story of Yida Refugee Camp and the amazing people living there. The exhibit is free for churches in the Greater Memphis area to host in 2018. LEARN MORE »
About Audrey Tetzeli
The granddaughter of a Holocaust escapee and Spanish Civil War survivor and the daughter of a Cuban refugee, Audrey grew up in Memphis, TN. Originally a yoga instructor by trade and Facing History and Ourselves alum, her vibrant personality and passion for the Sudanese people inspire those around her.
Audrey empowers and guides our fundraisers, donors, and event hosts in raising more funds for the life-changing programs we support in Sudan and Sudanese refugee camps.