|Elizabeth Larson & Enrique Otarola in Hollywood|
El told me about her work at Seicho, which empowers underserved groups throughout different ways of art work, such as painting, photograph, arts, crafts, sewing, singing, performing, etc.
This meeting happened while I worked at a major nonprofit organization in downtown Los Angeles with hundreds and hundreds of employees. Although I always worked at the accounting department (and it could be considered the most technical by some), I never thought to have immersed myself to the most technical part of the nonprofit organization such grant writing, management and marketing.El made it sound so easy, so simple, and so straight forward that I just felt compiled to just have immersed myself into the nonprofit world and to uncover all about it, which I did for the next 5 months.
I was delighted by her energy, and I was moved to contribute to her efforts and to be part of it.
A few weeks ago, I went to downtown Los Angeles to see a Seicho foundation event. This place was filled with images taken by homeless youth everywhere I looked. I looked thoughtfully at the pictures and I could just wonder “how this moment was captured?”, I could just wonder the circumstances at the time this pictures were taken, the feelings and the worries, the dangers of the streets of a city like Los Angeles, etc. I could just think to myself, living in a city where each individual just mind their own business, and shelter ourselves at home, at work or just commuting back and forth, without any regard of how the others are doing.