Capturing India's Literacy Challenges

By: Mary Cranston 

Lisa Xing will be travelling to Northern India where she will stay at a small village called Nathuakhan, situated in the central Himalayas. 

Shiksha Alok is the organization she will be capturing images for. Their mission is to highlight the importance of literacy with women. 

Her journey will be just another addition to her life adventures. After graduating from the Journalism program at the Carlton University, Lisa moved to London, England to complete a master’s degree in History of International Relations. While living in the British culture, and attending University, she interned at the CBC London Bureau, gaining contacts in the competitive journalism world. 

From there, Lisa went to Korea to teach English. She kept herself busy freelancing for CBC radio and obtaining a gig in photography at an English Magazine based out of Seoul. 

Sa Seong Bong Do Island Escape. Photos published September 2011.

Sa Seong Bong Do Island Escape. Photos published September 2011.

Since moving back to Canada, Lisa has made her mark in the broadcast industry working as a Video Journalist for CTV London and now resides in Windsor working for the CBC.

"I was really missing taking photos; despite recreational purposes I had not done so in a long time. I have always had an interest in NGO work so I thought Photographers without Borders would be a nice way to incorporate my love for photography," Lisa explained.

Although she has explored many parts of the world, she's never had the chance to visit India. 

"I wish I was staying longer than two weeks!" 

From a photography perspective, Lisa tells me that she prefers not to pose people. 

"I like to let things happen in front of me and love to catch moments candidly. To me, the photo seems more real, especially in a setting like that."

Photo published in Wall Street Journal. Muncie, Indiana. March 17, 2012.

Photo published in Wall Street Journal. Muncie, Indiana. March 17, 2012.

After her trip Lisa would like to continue honing her skills with journalism as well as photography.

"With the digital medium now, we are not just television or radio. We also do a version of print, which is where my photography skills come in handy."

To donate to this project, please visit http://org.grouprev.com/shikshaalok. 

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