NICK + WHITNEY RUNYON • AUSTIN, TX
In August of 2011, Whitney and Nick Runyon traveled to Bulgaria to document the adoption of a young boy with down syndrome. When they shared the images and the details of this story, they found that it not only educated people on adoption, but it inspired another family to adopt a boy from Ukraine. The impact of this story led to the creation of The Archibald Project. Officially a non-profit as of January 2012, The Archibald Project is named after Archie Eicher. He is the incredible boy who’s adoption from Bulgaria showed that stories like his are important and inspirational. The Archibald Project has sense broadened their approach to educational orphan care by telling adoption stories, orphanage’s stories and leading documentary artists trips into orphanages. The Archibald Project’s hope is to use these stories and ones to come to educate and further inspire people into caring for orphans.