By Megan Ewing
As you probably know by now, our issue #3 comes out on August 1st. We thought it would be fun to teach you a little about all the women being featured in this issue.
Gita Defoe is a Hamilton ON, Canada based photographer who traveled to the Sumatra to photograph and work with the Sumatran Orangutan Society, earlier this year.
Dedicated to preventing the extinction of the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans, SOS organizes grassroots programs with the intent of protecting the fragile rain forest the Orangutans call home. Some projects by SOS include; restoring endangered habitats, campaigning issues that threaten the Orangutans and raising awareness for the importance of the defense of these remarkable creatures.
To read Gita's post trip interview, click here
Kimie is a photographer based in Richmond, Virginia who got into photography with an old film camera that someone sent her during her junior year of college in Japan. Kimie traveled to Vietnam to work with The Life Start Foundation with Photographers Without Borders.
The Life Start Foundation in Vietnam is celebrating a new space in Hoi An old town. The foundation supports efforts that provide a fair trade shop, traditional painting, and lantern making classes. Available to volunteers is a new program that offers a new and free daily Vietnamese language class. The foundation is an excellent outlet for Vietnamese arts and crafts creating sustainable income- independence which focuses on adults with disabilities.
Lisa Xing was born in China and raised in Canada. Lisa is a photographer and writer who's photography has been published in various international newspapers and books including Wall Street Journal, This Magazine and The Fateful History of Fanny Mae by James R. Hagerty. Lisa traveled to the Himalayas to work with Shiksha Alok, a foundation that focuses on promoting non-traditional work practices in rural mountain communities. Shiksha Alok is a foundation that prides itself in promoting gender equality. Focusing on promoting a future of educationally aware women, Shiksha Alok proves that women too, given the proper opportunities, can become successful providers.
To read Lisa's post trip interview, click here
Sheryl is a Toronto, ON, Canada based photographer who is part of a photography duo with her husband Kevin. Their enthusiasm for photography began in the early days of film but really accelerated while they volunteered in West Africa and where they learned the true value of the image, especially in our visual world today. Sheryl (and Kevin) traveled to South Africa to work with and photograph Vervet Monkey.
Established in 1993 within the Limpopo province of South Africa, Vervet Monkey operates a monkey sanctuary for the endangered species nestled in the town of Tzaneen. The sanctuary provides asylum to more than 500 primates and promotes coexistence between the Vervet monkeys and human beings. Volunteers of the organization study the lifestyle and the environment of the Vervet monkeys. The organization has recently begun to promote a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle to encourage sustainability. Volunteers will find themselves engaged with everyday hands-on activities that includes providing care for the monkeys.
To read their post trip interview, click here
Caitlin Healy is an independent documentary photographer and filmmaker based out of Jacksonville, FL, USA.
Caitlin traveled to Uganda to work with and photograph ART Uganda, a community based organization registered with the national NGO board of Kampala Uganda in 2011. ART Uganda was founded in January of 2008. The Trust focuses on providing HIV and AIDS care and support, raising awareness for gender and gender based violence, reducing HIV and AIDS related stigma, HIV prevention for orphans and vulnerable children and psycho-social support.
To learn more about Caitlin, click here
Caroline is a Ottawa ON, Canada based photographer who thrives in rich, cultural settings where human stories take centre stage. Caroline was chosen to travel to Nicaragua, to work with and photograph the work of El Porvenir.
Carol Harper began El Porvenir in 1990 with the intent of improving the standard of living through such projects as; water sanitation, health education and watershed management projects. Village residents are made responsible for the long term maintenance of all projects with staff responding to requests in the community.
To learn more about Caroline, click here
Amber Kissner is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Amber was chosen to travel to Ghana to work with ATBAWA.
ATBAWA is a remarkable association that helps in the fostering of new Traditional Birth Attendants in Ghana. Operated by a husband (Pewudie Emmanuel) and wife (Asare Regina), ATBAWA manages a network of over 150 TBA’s. The association adamantly trains in the practices of sanitary and safe birthing practices and helps spread awareness of the reality of Malaria and HIV in the country. For a country that endures rolling black-outs and has limited access to professional healthcare TBA’s are a viable and encouraging presence in the miracle of the birthing process.
To learn more about Amber's journey, click here
Sandra Salvas is Photographer based in Utah. As a member of Photographers Without Borders, she traveled to Thailand to document the work of Love Animal House, an organization dedicated to rescuing animals from domestic, farm and wildlife situations, promoting animal health and safety, adoptions and animal welfare education.
Housing over 90 animals formerly unwanted or abused. Love Animal House focuses on educating others on the importance of animal welfare in society. Offering services that report crimes against the animals, Love Animal House also works on petitions for new laws to help better protect the animals of Thailand.
To learn more about Sandra's journey, click here
Barbara is based out of McAllen, TX, USA. She is a very experienced photographer who photographed the work of United Planet Peru in March 2014.