The Voice for the Voiceless story started on March 29, 2002 in Barbados with a wedding.
Paul and Susi Childers were married on that day at the Casurina Beach Club. They endeavored not only to share their personal lives but also to mingle their professional lives. Out of this union, a Voice for the Voiceless emerged.
Paul and Susi traveled extensively in their first years together. They almost made it around the world 3 times in the first 5 months! During this time they discovered that photography could actually be used to serve the voiceless practically. They started with projects in Afghanistan and North Africa.
Then Susi went to a conference in Malaysia called Connexity. It was a conference about the plight of women and children around the world. She was deeply touched. On the last day a song impacted her. The lyrics were “I want to cry out for those who have no voices”.
She felt a prayer form in her heart. “God someone has to do something for the voiceless.” She felt the prayer come back to her, “What about you? Why don’t you be a voice for the voiceless with your photography”. With that challenge, Susi started in earnest to advocate for the poor, needy and oppressed.
In the summer of 2003, Paul and Susi moved to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii to collaborate with YWAM (Youth With A Mission International). This was a season of launching a number of fine Art photo publications as well as the “30 Days of Prayer for the Voiceless”. 100,000 were printed in English and it was translated into 9 other languages.
In 2005 the training programs started. These were set up to empower young people to develop photo and later video skills to be able to be a voice for the voiceless themselves. The initial training was a 6-month module (DTS) which then was developed into a 2-year global associates degree (Associate of Arts in Communication with the University of the Nations). Hundreds of college age students have run though these programs. Some have stayed connected to Voice for the Voiceless but most have gone on and figured out how to be a Voice for the Voiceless in their own countries and hometowns.
In 2007, Paul and Susi purchased the trademark “A Voice for the Voiceless” in the USA and also in Europe. From that time, A Voice for the Voiceless has proliferated around the world.
A snapshot in 2013. We have published 9 books and photographic publications in a variety of languages. This year we are running 6 DTS training programs in the USA, Germany and Russia. We are running two global Associate of Art degree teams. We are currently working at launching 30 long term projects in various countries to serve the poor, needy and oppressed.