Photographers Without Borders is giving readers a sneak peek at a few of its upcoming excursions as well as the variety of organizations it is looking to cover in the following weeks. Photographers Without Borders will be heading out to Thailand, Uganda, Peru, Bolivia/Columbia and Israel/Jordan. The organizations being highlighted range from animal welfare groups to environmental and healthcare initiatives.
Photographers Without Borders is working with Animal Love Sanctuary in Thailand. The organization is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and otherwise providing rescued animals with a safe and healthy home. Started by Marianne Willemse in the early 1990s, the sanctuary is located in the Mae Rim district and is currently home to over 100 animals of all species and sizes, from cats and dogs to roosters and bats. Wilemse opened the sanctuary when she saw that the resources available in Thailand were not adequate to help all of the abused and abandoned animals that needed help in the country. The country also lacked animal welfare laws and regulations. Along with rescuing pets from abusive households, Animal Love Sanctuary also takes is livestock rescued from slaughterhouses by activists and devout Buddhists. The organization also provides educational programs to bring issues of animal welfare and health to the forefront.
More information can be found at http://www.animal-sanctuary.chiangmai-chiangrai.com
The Acate Rainforest Conservation initiative seeks not only to preserve the Amazon rainforest Habitat but the culture, livelihood and wellbeing of the tribes that live in the forest. The Amazon is home one in every ten species on the planet and one-fifth of the world's fresh water that flows into the issues. The forest has a total carbon mass of 86 billion metric tons, effectively functioning as the lings of the planet. However, unsustainable industry practices such as deforestation, mining, and petroleum manufacture are systemically destroying the forest ecosystem and the lives of local indigenous tribes. Acate works to empower these indigenous peoples, specifically the Matses tribe by providing with strategic programs the function as alternatives to the more destructive industries as sources of revenue for the Matses.
More information can be found at http://acateamazon.org
Proyecto Horizonte in Bolivia and Mision Gaia in Colombia both work to alleviate extreme poverty in in their respective countries in South America. Horizente began in 2004 as an attempt to provide education, healthcare, adequate housing and various local development programs to the marginalized and poverty stricken community of Mineros San Juan. Communities such as this one, often began as illegal settlement, initially lacking even basic amneties - no plumbing, sewage facilities or local water source (water must be shipped to the city by truck). Proyecto Horizente hopes to lift towns like these out of poverty by improving infrastructure and providing opportunities for the people through education.
Mision Gaia is based out of Colombia and runs a variety of different programs to support rural communities, schools, governments and private organizations in the Minca, Serra Nevada area. Its three areas of interest are education, animal welfare, and eco tourism. The organizations trains guides for sustainable tourism, links volunteers with local ventures, and runs workshops to promote sustainable business for the locals. In animal welfare, the organization runs clinics, educational programs on conservation and protection of local species and has even published children's books. As of 2011, Mision Gaia has opened 13 spay and neuter clinics and sterilized over 700 cats and dogs in the area. In their educational initiative, Gaia offers programs on local sustainability as well as various sessions and modules to educate teachers in the rural communities in different teaching methods.
In Uganda, One4Another (founded in 2012) offers life saving medical care and surgery that is otherwise entirely unavailable to those who live there. Specifically, the work to give children life-altering surgeries they desperately need. These surgeries for things conditions like cleft palates and clubbed feet are fairly simple, but cost anywhere from $400 to $700 each, an impossible fortune to most families in the country. With a miniscule GDP per capita of $1317 in 2011, Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world , with the average person living on just $2.00 a day. Approximately 50% of the countries population is children under 15 years of age, many of whom have lost their parents to HIV and AIDS. One4Another brings medical aid and support to these children when they need it most.
More information can found at http://one4anotherintl.ca
Seeds of Peace, started in 1993, is a peace building youth organization that brings young people together from areas of great conflict work together and empower each other to create a better future. PWB's specific focus is in the Middle East, specifically in Israel and the longstanding conflict between Israel and Palestine. This branch of Seeds for Peace has been in operation since the organization's beginning in 1993, when it first brought together 46 Israelis, Palestinians and Egyptians. It has now had over 3000 youth leaders and several hundred educators from the Middle East graduate from the International Camp. The number of countries involved has also expanded to include Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan (one of the current primary focuses along with Egypt, Israel and Palestine).
More information can be found at http://www.seedsofpeace.org/me