Fundraising for Evelyn's Safehouse

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Fundraising For Evelyn's Safehouse

Project 2022-07-11 08:26:35 +1200

This Pledgeme is to raise funds for Evelyn Kunda, a human rights defender at the centre of the film Sanguma - Islands of Fear (www.sangumafilm.com).

We want to ensure that Evelyn can continue her work with the survivors of sorcery violence. This is where you come in. With your help, Evelyn will be able to continue rescuing and rehabilitating those who are dependent on her for survival.

100% of your donations go to Evelyn and the work she does (once we've paid our success fees to PledgeMe)!

You can watch WILDFIRE, a short film about the rise of sorcery accusation related violence, that we co-created with Evelyn here.

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Updated Link to New Campaign

04/04/2024 at 4:23 PM

Kia ora koutou,

Apologies as we have just spotted a minor mistake from our last update. Here is the actual link to our new Campaign.

Love,
Shu Run, Helen, Hilary, Paul, and Evelyn

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Thank you - Screening of WILDFIRE and Evelyn Meet

27/10/2023 at 8:54 AM

Kia ora koutou,

We held the Screening of WILDFIRE and Evelyn Meet last night at Miramar Creative Centre in Wellington, and were so stoked to see an amazing turnout. If you were there last night, thank you for making it out despite the classic Wellington weather.

We hope you found WILDFIRE thought-provoking, and Evelyn's talk insightful and eye-opening, particularly around the kinds of challenges she faces on the front line as a Human Rights Defender in Papua New Guinea.


Photo: Evelyn shares some of her insights and learnings

 

We have published some of the photos we took yesterday on Facebook, you can find them here.

 

How to continue supporting Evelyn and our project:

Support Evelyn directly - you can donate to her via this Open Collective we have set up for her.

Make an impact in our communities - contact us to discuss organising additional screenings of WILDFIRE for your workplace or networks. WILDFIRE is available on Vimeo and is free to watch and share.

Connect us with partnership opportunities - it's hard work making an impact documentary about a tough subject and very little support. If you know of any funding or support avenues, we want to hear about it!

Keep in touch - follow us on Facebook or Instagram, we will continue to provide updates on our progress with Evelyn's work and the upcoming feature documentary.

 

Aroha nui,

Paul, Evelyn, Shu Run, Helen, Hilary, Adam & Annie

Come and meet Evelyn this October! (Evelyn's Safehouse PledgeMe)

26/09/2023 at 5:44 PM

Kia ora from the Sanguma project crew,

Remember that pledge you made last year to help save lives? We do. And we haven’t forgotten. If you’re Wellington based…

We are excited to let you know that our co-creator Evelyn Kunda is here in Wellington, New Zealand to join us for a limited time during our post-production for the Sanguma project. Your generous donations have kept Evelyn going during this time, and she has been able to rescue many families from SARV in the past year - come and meet her!

We would like to invite you to come along to an exclusive Screening of WILDFIRE, and hear from Evelyn in person on her efforts to combat sorcery accusation related violence (SARV) in Papua New Guinea.

 

Date: Thursday, 26th October 2023

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Miramar Creative Centre, 133 Park Road

 

+1's or more are welcome (limited seating available at the venue so make sure you RSVP to secure your seat!)

Please RSVP here.

 

Many thanks,

Shu Run, Paul, Helen, Hilary & Evelyn

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Update and Thank You from Evelyn

17/01/2023 at 8:48 AM

Hi all,

Wishing everyone a wonderful start to 2023!

We’ve been working with Evelyn for the last few months on our film Sanguma - Islands of Fear, and your donations have made a huge difference to Evelyn and the survivors in her care during this time.

Evelyn was recently displaced due to the instability and political unrest around Papua New Guinea. Her work in rescuing sorcery violence survivors was briefly interrupted whilst she escaped for her life. She is now settled into a new place and is working with others around her to rehabilitate survivors again. Your donations could not have come at a better time!

You can watch the video of Evelyn expressing their thanks to all our wonderful Pledgers!

Here’s the translation to English:

Hello, I'm Evelyn Kunda from Goroka, PNG. I want to thank all of those people from New Zealand who have supported me with my work. This money has helped to support the survivors of violence and those who provide services to them. These donations have helped women sell their produce at the market and start small business to support themselves. The money has also helped the survivors with food and clothing. I want to express my deepest thanks for your support. Thank you and God bless you all.

And here’s a glimpse into what the crew and Evelyn have been working on. Evelyn is working with many survivors from all walks of life.

Photo: The crew interviewed a couple that was recently accused of sorcery. They are currently in hiding with their children.

 

 

Photo: A young girl who was accused of sorcery alongside her entire family.

 

 

Photo: A family who is forced to return to the village where their accusers burned their house down. They have no choice because they need land to grow food to survive. They had a recent run in with some young men who threatened to kill them with machetes.

 

 

Photos: Evelyn and Angela (a senior counselor who supports Evelyn) cooked food and distributed it to people on the streets late at night.

 

Once again, thank you to everyone who has been following and supporting our campaign. If you want to see additional updates about our production and the work we're doing with Evelyn, please follow us on social media. Links below!

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sangumafilm

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sangumafilm

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sangumafilm/

 

Some helpful links if you want to continue to support Evelyn's work:

Donate to Evelyn via OpenCollective: https://opencollective.com/everlynssafehouse

Share the story about WILDFIRE: https://vimeo.com/650412724

 

 

Love,

Shu Run, Paul, Hilary, Helen, Evelyn, and Adam

Paul and Adam are headed to Papua New Guinea to see Evelyn!

05/11/2022 at 6:50 PM

Hey everyone,

We're saying goodbye to Paul and Adam who will both be travelling to Papua New Guinea shortly to reunite with Evelyn for the first time in many years. Thanks to all our amazing Pledgers, we're able to provide Evelyn with the financial support she needs to continue her work in these difficult times.

Over the next few months we will be working closely with Evelyn to film and tell her story to the world. Watch this space as we look to provide more updates once Paul and Adam have landed!

PS. We are working through the Pledgers list and will be shouting you out soon on our social media! 

Best,
Shu Run, Paul, Hilary, Helen

We REACHED OUR GOAL for Evelyn's Safehouse!

24/10/2022 at 10:12 AM

Kia ora Pledgers and Supporters, we REACHED (and exceeded) our goal of raising $6000 for Evelyn's Safehouse today! THANK YOU EVERYONE who has pledged towards our cause and helped us achieve this amazing outcome!!! Here's a video of Shu Run, Paul, and Indie repping the Sanguma film team celebrating 🥳🎉 

WHAT NEXT? We still have 6 more days before the campaign technically ends so we will continue to push for more donations before we officially finish up, as every little bit counts towards Evelyn and her work! The more money we raise, the more survivors Evelyn can rescue and rehabilitate.

All our best,

Shu Run, Paul, Hilary, Helen, and Indie, on behalf of Evelyn

Celebrating 75% Milestone!

16/10/2022 at 9:00 PM

Hello again everyone!

We reached (more than) 75% of our goals just today - $5,395 of $6,000! So incredible to have all this support from everyone.

Only two more weeks to go on our PledgeMe... We may sound like a broken record but crowdfunding only works if we all share the campaign and get the word out there!

You can help us by sharing Evelyn's story on Facebook or Twiter using one of our videos, or send people a link to WILDFIRE.

We have also recently put together a short video on a phenomenon called WitchTok, which features people dressing up and calling themselves witches on Tiktok - something to ponder in the days leading up to Halloween and the realities of those who are accused as witches in Papua New Guinea.

Best,

Shu Run, Paul, Helen, Hilary

We are halfway there, whoa!

03/10/2022 at 11:23 AM

Hey everyone,

We reached 50% of our goals over the last weekend and a bit more - that is a whopping $3,720 dollars we have raised for Evelyn so far!

Thank you so much for your support so far. We only have one month left, and PledgeMe campaigns are ALL OR NOTHING, so we really need your help to get it across the line.

Help us get there by sharing the word with your friends, family, and work. Don't forget we have made WILDFIRE available to watch for free if you want to get a sense of how real witches, witchcraft and sorcery still are for one of our largest pacific neighbours.

Best,

Shu Run, Paul, Helen, Hilary

Just over a month left on our PledgeMe, can you help?

20/09/2022 at 2:01 PM

Hello to our supporters and Pledgers,

Our team is getting ready to head over to Papua New Guinea to see Evelyn in late October - that's when this PledgeMe will end!

We need your help for the final push to $6,000. Every dollar counts.

You can help us by sharing our PledgeMe, short film WILDFIRE, or any of our articles,

- on Facebook to your friends and family

- via email to your network

- to your work colleagues who may be interested

 

Help us reach our goal, and support Evelyn so she can continue her work in the Pacific!

 

Shu Run, Paul, Helen, and Hilary.

Fighting witchcraft violence in Papua New Guinea - Newsroom.co.nz article

15/08/2022 at 11:19 AM

Kia ora koutou,

We published an article with Newsroom.co.nz this past weekend alongside our online release of WILDFIRE.

READ MORE HERE.

You can support our campaign and work by sharing this article with your friends and family. 

WILDFIRE (short film we co-created with Evelyn) is now available to watch!

08/08/2022 at 5:37 PM

Hello everyone, the team behind Evelyn's Safehouse has some awesome news to share this week....

We are super excited to share our short film WILDFIRE with you, this is now free to watch online on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/650412724)!

We co-created WILDFIRE with Evelyn Kunda, our human rights defender.

WILDFIRE explores the rise of ‘sanguma’ – sorcery, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Sorcery Accusation Related Violence (SARV) is an introduced idea, a new thing to many towns and villages in the Highlands. The film provides direct accounts from those who combat the violence, and from those who have witnessed and participated in sorcery killings. This is a companion film to the feature that directly documents her work on the ground.

WILDFIRE was part of Doc Edge International Film Festival 2022

    Pledgers 75

    Jessica Keane
    30/10/2022 at 12:26am
    Teddy
    29/10/2022 at 11:31pm
    Sue McCabe
    29/10/2022 at 10:08am
    Michelle Goh
    28/10/2022 at 9:25pm

    "All the best ShuRun and team! "

    Linda Buchanan
    28/10/2022 at 8:56pm
    Alfio
    27/10/2022 at 8:40am

    "Good luck!"

    Alan Bush
    25/10/2022 at 7:41am
    Anna Beard
    24/10/2022 at 8:04am
    Anonymous pledger
    23/10/2022 at 1:36am
    Anonymous pledger
    22/10/2022 at 4:52pm

    "From the Brastings"

    Michelle Issafairie
    22/10/2022 at 11:48am

    "Keep up the good fight x"

    Samuel Rees-Thomas
    21/10/2022 at 7:33pm

    "Awesome! "

    Abi
    20/10/2022 at 5:35pm
    Sophia H
    20/10/2022 at 5:24pm

    "Keep up the good work 👏❤️"

    Adam Browne
    19/10/2022 at 9:51am
    Claudia Puti Holmstead-Morris
    19/10/2022 at 7:27am
    Anonymous pledger
    17/10/2022 at 6:41pm
    James Bayliss
    17/10/2022 at 4:32pm

    "Do cool things "

    Lala
    17/10/2022 at 11:17am
    Charlotte Squire
    17/10/2022 at 9:52am
    Sue Reid Reid
    16/10/2022 at 8:41pm
    Anonymous pledger
    16/10/2022 at 11:02am
    Anonymous pledger
    15/10/2022 at 10:58pm
    Louisa Thomas
    11/10/2022 at 9:57am
    Renton McNeill
    10/10/2022 at 10:18am
    Martin Manning
    08/10/2022 at 11:26pm
    Claire McGowan
    08/10/2022 at 2:58pm
    Susie
    07/10/2022 at 5:40pm
    Anonymous pledger
    06/10/2022 at 9:32pm
    Anonymous pledger
    06/10/2022 at 11:08am

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    Fundraising For Evelyn's Safehouse

    Project 2022-07-11 08:26:35 +1200

    This Pledgeme is to raise funds for Evelyn Kunda, a human rights defender at the centre of the film Sanguma - Islands of Fear (www.sangumafilm.com).

    We want to ensure that Evelyn can continue her work with the survivors of sorcery violence. This is where you come in. With your help, Evelyn will be able to continue rescuing and rehabilitating those who are dependent on her for survival.

    100% of your donations go to Evelyn and the work she does (once we've paid our success fees to PledgeMe)!

    You can watch WILDFIRE, a short film about the rise of sorcery accusation related violence, that we co-created with Evelyn here.

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    Updated Link to New Campaign

    04/04/2024 at 4:23 PM

    Kia ora koutou,

    Apologies as we have just spotted a minor mistake from our last update. Here is the actual link to our new Campaign.

    Love,
    Shu Run, Helen, Hilary, Paul, and Evelyn

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Thank you - Screening of WILDFIRE and Evelyn Meet

    27/10/2023 at 8:54 AM

    Kia ora koutou,

    We held the Screening of WILDFIRE and Evelyn Meet last night at Miramar Creative Centre in Wellington, and were so stoked to see an amazing turnout. If you were there last night, thank you for making it out despite the classic Wellington weather.

    We hope you found WILDFIRE thought-provoking, and Evelyn's talk insightful and eye-opening, particularly around the kinds of challenges she faces on the front line as a Human Rights Defender in Papua New Guinea.


    Photo: Evelyn shares some of her insights and learnings

     

    We have published some of the photos we took yesterday on Facebook, you can find them here.

     

    How to continue supporting Evelyn and our project:

    Support Evelyn directly - you can donate to her via this Open Collective we have set up for her.

    Make an impact in our communities - contact us to discuss organising additional screenings of WILDFIRE for your workplace or networks. WILDFIRE is available on Vimeo and is free to watch and share.

    Connect us with partnership opportunities - it's hard work making an impact documentary about a tough subject and very little support. If you know of any funding or support avenues, we want to hear about it!

    Keep in touch - follow us on Facebook or Instagram, we will continue to provide updates on our progress with Evelyn's work and the upcoming feature documentary.

     

    Aroha nui,

    Paul, Evelyn, Shu Run, Helen, Hilary, Adam & Annie

    Come and meet Evelyn this October! (Evelyn's Safehouse PledgeMe)

    26/09/2023 at 5:44 PM

    Kia ora from the Sanguma project crew,

    Remember that pledge you made last year to help save lives? We do. And we haven’t forgotten. If you’re Wellington based…

    We are excited to let you know that our co-creator Evelyn Kunda is here in Wellington, New Zealand to join us for a limited time during our post-production for the Sanguma project. Your generous donations have kept Evelyn going during this time, and she has been able to rescue many families from SARV in the past year - come and meet her!

    We would like to invite you to come along to an exclusive Screening of WILDFIRE, and hear from Evelyn in person on her efforts to combat sorcery accusation related violence (SARV) in Papua New Guinea.

     

    Date: Thursday, 26th October 2023

    Time: 6pm-8pm

    Location: Miramar Creative Centre, 133 Park Road

     

    +1's or more are welcome (limited seating available at the venue so make sure you RSVP to secure your seat!)

    Please RSVP here.

     

    Many thanks,

    Shu Run, Paul, Helen, Hilary & Evelyn

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Update and Thank You from Evelyn

    17/01/2023 at 8:48 AM

    Hi all,

    Wishing everyone a wonderful start to 2023!

    We’ve been working with Evelyn for the last few months on our film Sanguma - Islands of Fear, and your donations have made a huge difference to Evelyn and the survivors in her care during this time.

    Evelyn was recently displaced due to the instability and political unrest around Papua New Guinea. Her work in rescuing sorcery violence survivors was briefly interrupted whilst she escaped for her life. She is now settled into a new place and is working with others around her to rehabilitate survivors again. Your donations could not have come at a better time!

    You can watch the video of Evelyn expressing their thanks to all our wonderful Pledgers!

    Here’s the translation to English:

    Hello, I'm Evelyn Kunda from Goroka, PNG. I want to thank all of those people from New Zealand who have supported me with my work. This money has helped to support the survivors of violence and those who provide services to them. These donations have helped women sell their produce at the market and start small business to support themselves. The money has also helped the survivors with food and clothing. I want to express my deepest thanks for your support. Thank you and God bless you all.

    And here’s a glimpse into what the crew and Evelyn have been working on. Evelyn is working with many survivors from all walks of life.

    Photo: The crew interviewed a couple that was recently accused of sorcery. They are currently in hiding with their children.

     

     

    Photo: A young girl who was accused of sorcery alongside her entire family.

     

     

    Photo: A family who is forced to return to the village where their accusers burned their house down. They have no choice because they need land to grow food to survive. They had a recent run in with some young men who threatened to kill them with machetes.

     

     

    Photos: Evelyn and Angela (a senior counselor who supports Evelyn) cooked food and distributed it to people on the streets late at night.

     

    Once again, thank you to everyone who has been following and supporting our campaign. If you want to see additional updates about our production and the work we're doing with Evelyn, please follow us on social media. Links below!

     

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sangumafilm

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sangumafilm

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sangumafilm/

     

    Some helpful links if you want to continue to support Evelyn's work:

    Donate to Evelyn via OpenCollective: https://opencollective.com/everlynssafehouse

    Share the story about WILDFIRE: https://vimeo.com/650412724

     

     

    Love,

    Shu Run, Paul, Hilary, Helen, Evelyn, and Adam

    Paul and Adam are headed to Papua New Guinea to see Evelyn!

    05/11/2022 at 6:50 PM

    Hey everyone,

    We're saying goodbye to Paul and Adam who will both be travelling to Papua New Guinea shortly to reunite with Evelyn for the first time in many years. Thanks to all our amazing Pledgers, we're able to provide Evelyn with the financial support she needs to continue her work in these difficult times.

    Over the next few months we will be working closely with Evelyn to film and tell her story to the world. Watch this space as we look to provide more updates once Paul and Adam have landed!

    PS. We are working through the Pledgers list and will be shouting you out soon on our social media! 

    Best,
    Shu Run, Paul, Hilary, Helen

    We REACHED OUR GOAL for Evelyn's Safehouse!

    24/10/2022 at 10:12 AM

    Kia ora Pledgers and Supporters, we REACHED (and exceeded) our goal of raising $6000 for Evelyn's Safehouse today! THANK YOU EVERYONE who has pledged towards our cause and helped us achieve this amazing outcome!!! Here's a video of Shu Run, Paul, and Indie repping the Sanguma film team celebrating 🥳🎉 

    WHAT NEXT? We still have 6 more days before the campaign technically ends so we will continue to push for more donations before we officially finish up, as every little bit counts towards Evelyn and her work! The more money we raise, the more survivors Evelyn can rescue and rehabilitate.

    All our best,

    Shu Run, Paul, Hilary, Helen, and Indie, on behalf of Evelyn

    Celebrating 75% Milestone!

    16/10/2022 at 9:00 PM

    Hello again everyone!

    We reached (more than) 75% of our goals just today - $5,395 of $6,000! So incredible to have all this support from everyone.

    Only two more weeks to go on our PledgeMe... We may sound like a broken record but crowdfunding only works if we all share the campaign and get the word out there!

    You can help us by sharing Evelyn's story on Facebook or Twiter using one of our videos, or send people a link to WILDFIRE.

    We have also recently put together a short video on a phenomenon called WitchTok, which features people dressing up and calling themselves witches on Tiktok - something to ponder in the days leading up to Halloween and the realities of those who are accused as witches in Papua New Guinea.

    Best,

    Shu Run, Paul, Helen, Hilary

    We are halfway there, whoa!

    03/10/2022 at 11:23 AM

    Hey everyone,

    We reached 50% of our goals over the last weekend and a bit more - that is a whopping $3,720 dollars we have raised for Evelyn so far!

    Thank you so much for your support so far. We only have one month left, and PledgeMe campaigns are ALL OR NOTHING, so we really need your help to get it across the line.

    Help us get there by sharing the word with your friends, family, and work. Don't forget we have made WILDFIRE available to watch for free if you want to get a sense of how real witches, witchcraft and sorcery still are for one of our largest pacific neighbours.

    Best,

    Shu Run, Paul, Helen, Hilary

    Just over a month left on our PledgeMe, can you help?

    20/09/2022 at 2:01 PM

    Hello to our supporters and Pledgers,

    Our team is getting ready to head over to Papua New Guinea to see Evelyn in late October - that's when this PledgeMe will end!

    We need your help for the final push to $6,000. Every dollar counts.

    You can help us by sharing our PledgeMe, short film WILDFIRE, or any of our articles,

    - on Facebook to your friends and family

    - via email to your network

    - to your work colleagues who may be interested

     

    Help us reach our goal, and support Evelyn so she can continue her work in the Pacific!

     

    Shu Run, Paul, Helen, and Hilary.

    Fighting witchcraft violence in Papua New Guinea - Newsroom.co.nz article

    15/08/2022 at 11:19 AM

    Kia ora koutou,

    We published an article with Newsroom.co.nz this past weekend alongside our online release of WILDFIRE.

    READ MORE HERE.

    You can support our campaign and work by sharing this article with your friends and family. 

    WILDFIRE (short film we co-created with Evelyn) is now available to watch!

    08/08/2022 at 5:37 PM

    Hello everyone, the team behind Evelyn's Safehouse has some awesome news to share this week....

    We are super excited to share our short film WILDFIRE with you, this is now free to watch online on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/650412724)!

    We co-created WILDFIRE with Evelyn Kunda, our human rights defender.

    WILDFIRE explores the rise of ‘sanguma’ – sorcery, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Sorcery Accusation Related Violence (SARV) is an introduced idea, a new thing to many towns and villages in the Highlands. The film provides direct accounts from those who combat the violence, and from those who have witnessed and participated in sorcery killings. This is a companion film to the feature that directly documents her work on the ground.

    WILDFIRE was part of Doc Edge International Film Festival 2022

      Jessica Keane
      30/10/2022 at 12:26am
      Teddy
      29/10/2022 at 11:31pm
      Sue McCabe
      29/10/2022 at 10:08am
      Michelle Goh
      28/10/2022 at 9:25pm

      "All the best ShuRun and team! "

      Linda Buchanan
      28/10/2022 at 8:56pm
      Alfio
      27/10/2022 at 8:40am

      "Good luck!"

      Alan Bush
      25/10/2022 at 7:41am
      Anna Beard
      24/10/2022 at 8:04am
      Anonymous pledger
      23/10/2022 at 1:36am
      Anonymous pledger
      22/10/2022 at 4:52pm

      "From the Brastings"

      Michelle Issafairie
      22/10/2022 at 11:48am

      "Keep up the good fight x"

      Samuel Rees-Thomas
      21/10/2022 at 7:33pm

      "Awesome! "

      Abi
      20/10/2022 at 5:35pm
      Sophia H
      20/10/2022 at 5:24pm

      "Keep up the good work 👏❤️"

      Adam Browne
      19/10/2022 at 9:51am
      Claudia Puti Holmstead-Morris
      19/10/2022 at 7:27am
      Anonymous pledger
      17/10/2022 at 6:41pm
      James Bayliss
      17/10/2022 at 4:32pm

      "Do cool things "

      Lala
      17/10/2022 at 11:17am
      Charlotte Squire
      17/10/2022 at 9:52am
      Sue Reid Reid
      16/10/2022 at 8:41pm
      Anonymous pledger
      16/10/2022 at 11:02am
      Anonymous pledger
      15/10/2022 at 10:58pm
      Louisa Thomas
      11/10/2022 at 9:57am
      Renton McNeill
      10/10/2022 at 10:18am
      Martin Manning
      08/10/2022 at 11:26pm
      Claire McGowan
      08/10/2022 at 2:58pm
      Susie
      07/10/2022 at 5:40pm
      Anonymous pledger
      06/10/2022 at 9:32pm
      Anonymous pledger
      06/10/2022 at 11:08am

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