Support Rose Corbett

Support Rose Corbett

1. What makes you passionate about working with your NGO

One thing continually emphasized in my life is the power of education- formal, nontraditional, or self-inspired.  Education remains a dynamic and pivotal platform that acts as the means of change in life. Growing up in Nairobi, I first embraced this understanding when I witnessed Masaii men using our dingy old trampoline as the means of their neighborhood Olympic showdown. These Masaii would tentatively circulate our house, cautiously eyeing the Rhodesian Ridgebacks lounging in the front and maintaining a wide girth, in order to access the trampoline and launch themselves into worldly play. I learned curiosity, competition, patience and community first from these men and their families. Education, in this form and in classrooms, has given me the tools to mold an identity for myself that seeks to understand the world around me and foster an environment that compels others to seek the same discovery. I believe that this curiosity inspires how education can be the grace that changes the world. 

The Hillcrest AIDS Centre in South Africa provides a cultivated, caring and intentional educational platform that works within their communities that most desperately need support.  The projects they have developed over the last 20 years seek to give the community the tools to change their immediate surroundings. I believe that knowledge is the most powerful tool on the planet; whether it be to understand the physics of lock kneed trampoline springing or how to filter water properly, and I want to use my love of storytelling to capture those movements.   

 

2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

 My photography comes from a place that is driven by understanding. Those moments that strive to enhance this understanding provoke a connectedness that people everywhere can relate to.  In the summer of 2016 I was working in Bosnia as a part of my Master’s program working in post-trauma human development. Although my camera was always by my side, I surprised myself with the number of moments that I felt compelled to listen instead of whip out the camera. Cultivating moments of trust and sincerity is the story; being able to capture that in a photo is the art. Working in Bosnia exposed me to the power of empathy, and it has deepened a passion for storytelling that fosters connection and understanding.   

I have now worked on several projects surrounding international storytelling across a series of countries. Within each experience, I pursue an essence in my work that is built on capturing a system understanding; to photograph not just a face but the food on the plate in front of them, or the shoes on their feet, or the roof over their head. All of these aspects contribute to the identity, and to the story, of the person in front of the camera.  I am so thrilled to work as photographer with the Hillcrest AIDS Centre to share their system and passion with the world.  They have established incredible structures to support their community and drive their mission, and I know I can contribute to sharing this understanding with the world through my storytelling.  

  

3. What message would you like to send supporters? 

My approach to this system understanding often starts with a single person or concept and builds from there. We are all part of this global system and have various means to express our connectedness. For me, it is through photography and the grace of storytelling that pursues a holistic, truthful and personal narrative. l will anticipate my time with Hillcrest AIDS Centre will be filled with compassion and tenacity, and I am incredibly grateful for any and all support for this project. 

 

Support Ben Blankenship

Support Ben Blankenship

Ben Blankenship's Biography  

I have been a photographer and filmmaker for ten years.  My professional life began in television and cinema production, working as an editor, cinematographer, photographer and director on commercial and narrative content.  While I greatly enjoyed working in such a fast paced and demanding environment, it became my desire to leave the world of commercial production and apply my skills toward causes committed to improving the world in which we live.  Three years ago, I left commercial production behind and I now focus all my energy as a photojournalist to doing what I can to help create a more just and verdant world.   

I have recently worked in the United States photographing nature throughout the west and current events such as the political conventions of 2016.  I have lived in a Costa Rican jungle and on a Belizean island, trekking, scuba diving, and shooting photography and video of endangered or rare species for a conservation research NGO, The Society for Environmental Exploration.  I have traveled throughout Italy, North America, South America, and Central America, but this opportunity to travel to Africa is both challenging and exciting.  It is an honor and a privilege to create work that aims to inspire positive action from others so that The Uganda Village Project can continue and expand its important work.  And this trip will certainly expand my horizons and enhance my world experiences, preparing me even now for the next opportunity to serve.  

 

1. What makes you passionate about helping Uganda Village Project? 

When I first began reading about the work that is done by the Uganda Village Project, I was immediately inspired and captivated by the selfless work they do every day.  The Uganda Village Project works directly with remote Ugandan villages to facilitate community health and well-being in rural Uganda.  They accomplish this by facilitating improved access, education, and disease prevention.  As the vast majority of Ugandans live in rural areas with little to no access to electricity or clean drinking water, this work is incredibly important in raising awareness about how to prevent and reduce the occurrence of HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, complications of childbirth and mortality from malaria.  Additionally, the Project provides opportunities for women who suffer from the condition known as obstetric fistula to receive corrective surgery, thus bringing health and strength back to their bodies and insuring them the ability to remain in community with their friends and family.  Without the Uganda Village Project, many of these villages would have reduced access to healthcare, educational opportunities, and clean drinking water, making the work that is being done by the project absolutely crucial.

 

2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?  

The Uganda Village Project is a non-profit organization and largely volunteer run.  Therefore, it is crucial that their work receives proper publicity to attract donors and volunteers from around the world.  My primary function while working in Uganda will be to create compelling images illustrating the incredibly challenging but important work that the Project does every day.  These images will be used by the Uganda Village Project on their own website as well as in other educational publications to help inspire people to donate and volunteer with the Uganda Village Project. 

I will be working directly with Uganda Village Project staff, traveling to several villages where they are working, documenting their day to day tasks and providing an opportunity for members of these communities to express their thoughts about the importance of the Project.  By donating to this project, you will be directly helping the Uganda Village Project get their message out to the rest of the world and continue to offer these crucial health and education resources to some of the most vulnerable Ugandans.   

 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

Thank you so much for your generous donation!  Donors like you are helping to provide crucial publicity for The Uganda Village Project.  For the incredibly important work that the Project does to continue, their message must be made available to the world. By donating to this project, you’ve helped provide them an opportunity to have their work documented by a professional photographer, whose images will help tell their story to the world and inspire action from others. 

 

Support Vera Nieuwenhuis

Support Vera Nieuwenhuis

I feel so blessed to work as a photographer for NGOs around the globe. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to give back and learn so much of the social causes and needs of others. Being able to tell a story through the lens is an extraordinary way to share the important message that the NGO wants to send.

Founded in 2009, the NGO in Mombasa that I will be assisting has a focus on education (for women and children), the teaching of basic computer skills and courses on hygiene, family planning, AIDS, sexual health and first aid to it’s local community. The ability to help them achieve their goals by capturing their efforts through photography is a worthwhile and rewarding task and one I am thrilled to be a part of it. It is through the use of photographs that the story can be told and retold to communities and countries all around the world. It can inspire and give hope that there are positive efforts and steps being taken toward the social issues that face communities everywhere.

I have been privileged to shoot through the eyes of a lens for over 6 years. My efforts have brought joy to those that were able to have access to the photos that were captured. I believe that photography has the ability to tell a story with one single picture. That message can spread the word around the world and bring awareness to issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. Photography is a powerful tool and one that can be used to help tell the story of struggling communities that need to get help and have their message heard. It is an honor to volunteer for the NGO in Mombasa, Kenya and put my experience to good use in a fulfilling and rewarding way. My goal will be to accomplish the message that this NGO is aiming to achieve with the social issues that they face through my images. The support of such efforts is extremely welcome and super appreciated!

 

Support Byron & Jill

Support Byron & Jill

Summary Biography of Byron B. Flateland, BSEE, MSEE, MBA, MCIS

My background is engineering, so I’m a curious fellow always going the extra mile to see what’s around the next corner. My passion is traveling to different parts of the world to understand what’s there and to view it, usually through the lens of my camera. There are so many beautiful things, large and small, natural and man-made; some of the most interesting photo opportunities are at the juxtaposition of the two. I generally look for an out-of-the-ordinary perspective or an angle, both literally and figuratively, that others may overlook. And, many times, there’s a fascinating story to go along with the photo. 

I especially enjoy learning about cultures and wildlife and photographing in countries where traditional ways of life are more prevalent; these are, in many cases, in danger of disappearing. I’m involved with several NGOs with missions in developing countries, so being able to use my photographic skills in support of such is especially gratifying. 

 

What makes you passionate about helping the Corbett Foundation? 

I believe that the great mission for this generation is to lift out of extreme poverty all in the world that remain in that condition. But this cannot be done at the expense of our wildlife. As livelihoods expand and infrastructure proliferates, wildlife are increasingly pressured to give up habitat necessary for their survival and animal mortality is more likely because of more frequent conflict with people living nearby. 

The Corbett Foundation’s holistic approach by which they address all issues surrounding human-wildlife conflict make its programs some of the most sustainable of such organizations, and one of the most exciting! Examples of this holistic approach include surveys of wildlife populations and habitat assessment, building local support for wildlife conservation through initiatives such as health training, educating nearby villagers in sustainable livelihoods as an alternative to habitat-destroying practices, and providing alternative sources of fuel such as biogas to relieve foresets of firewood pressures. In addition to taking direct action themselves, they advocate on behalf of wildlife to government and other organizations, and partner with a number of other wildlife organizations whose strengths complement their own.  

Doubling of tiger populations in India to nearly 3000 over the last ten years attests to the effectiveness of Corbett and other organizations, but the pressure on not only tigers, but other wildlife is relentless, so resources must be continually reinforced. 

 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

By providing compelling photographs of endangered animals and the extraordinary efforts by dedicated people to save them, I believe people are motivated to care about these aspects of our shared environment. Showing such tangible progress being made paints a picture that these efforts are paying off and that, despite mounting pressures, it is possible to achieve a sustainable balance between people and wildlife. Sparking such awareness will lead to increased support for the vital work of the Corbett Foundation. 

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

If you’re not already, get interested in the world around you, the world outside of your immediate day-to-day existence! Select an issue that interests you, such as wildlife conservation, and get passionate about it. The more you learn, the more your enthusiasm for the topic will grow. Then get involved, whether it be through financial support, volunteering, helping to educate friends, or all of the above and more! 

 

Summary Biography of Jill S. Flateland, RN, BSN, CCRN, MBA

Animals, like humans, suffer trauma and severe life stressors. With over 40 years of experience as a critical care nurse, health care executive, and CEO of an urgent care corporation, my greatest passion is to bring healing to those in need. Together, we take one step at a time to reach a maximum recovery. 

I recently retired, and have become a published author of family memoirs and fiction. I also love to travel with my husband, Byron, to exciting new regions, studying different cultures, wildlife, and experiencing new adventures. Byron’s passion is photography, and I learn something new from him every day. After 47 years of marriage, we still make a great team. 

 

1. What make you passionate about helping the Corbett Foundation? 

My passion comes from deep within, as evidenced by a lifetime of caring, healing, and recovery. Care for animals is just as important to me as easing human suffering. Wildlife and plants are becoming extinct at a breath-taking rate, and is due to illegal trafficking, ignorance, and neglect. If I can use my talent to relieve this anguish, I will endeavor to do so. 

The Corbett Foundation brings hope for a better future. They are doing their part to ensure a more secure future for our wildlife and for us by curbing the demand for animal byproducts, establishing and enforcing laws against illegal trafficking, and volunteering with conservation organizations that help combat the threats facing Earth’s animals. I want to join them in doing my part to inform the world of their successes. Through a camera’s eye, details come to life for those who can’t afford to travel to exotic locations to see tigers, elephants or other creatures, yet they too, can contribute to Corbett Foundation in other ways. 

 

2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

Photography brings to light actual scenes of wildlife, their beauty, natural habitat, and their suffering. Photos can educate us on the rare species found in the woods, along farmlands, or in the wilderness. Sometimes we see things, but never really take notice. Photos capture real-time images that reflect on the environment as it is today. They capture both the positive and negative side effects of human encounters such as trash, plastic bags or bottles in the area which can cause harm to animals. Share these photos with citizens and authorities to help them take action to remove potential harm. 

Photos also intrigue children and our future generations. Our granddaughter will sit and watch animal documentaries for hours. They blend a scientific background with nature and show the proper way in which to interact with the world. The Corbett Foundation can use our photos in any way they see fit to promote their agenda to all. 

 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

Education is the key to teaching respect and conservation of wildlife, flora, and fauna. We can succeed when we unite our efforts, and photos bring the issues to the foreground. Put a story to the pictures, and it captures the beauty, intrigues the mind, and provides solutions to an age old problem—extinction! 

 

 

Support Maria Paula

Support Maria Paula

Moved by social labor, something I love since I was a little girl, I founded an association named Anima-Ars (www.anima-ars.org) with two friends. We are a group of young people from different working and social areas who work with different artistic sources to encourage people in vulnerable situations, discrimination or disadvantage, to provide them a way to express their problematics and be able to rebuild their path and be reinserted in the social life promoting human development. We have done workshops with girls rescued from human trafficking and sexual slavery, kids with congenital heart disease, and abandoned old people.  

I was born and raised in Mexico City, a huge, polluted, and very crowded city. I studied literature and did my social service with the head of the Botanical Garden, a biologist specialized in cacti, that taught me his love for nature. Attracted by the idea of mixing art and nature, I developed a special interest in science diffusion that drove me to discover a talent in storytelling, to transmit knowledge in a comprehensive way. 

Concurrently, in order to escape a little bit of the stressful life of the city, I found a way to connect with my inner self by climbing mountains and diving deep in the sea. Those two worlds are my passion now a day. All of this drew me closer to photography, a way to discover the world and discover myself by creating a visual diary. I didn’t just found a way to express my place in this chaotic world and to show what my heart sees, but also to loud the voice and the needs of the people who, by their vulnerable momentary situations, can´t talk by themselves.  

 

STUDIES

  • Elementary, High School and College studies, Lycée Franco Mexicain
  • Bachelors in Modern French Language and Literatures, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Science Diffusion Degree, Universum, Science Museum, Ciudad Universitaria
  • Photography Diplomas: Digital 1, Digital 2, Product Photography, Portrait, Photojournalism, Sport Photography, Lightroom, Pinhole Camera Photography, Escuela Activa de Fotografía, Ciudad de México, www.escuelactivadefotografia.net 
  •  “Photoshop for photographers”, EduMac www.edumac.com.mx June 2017: “Photojournalism –
  • Documentary” Spéos London Photographic Institute, UK
  • July 2017 Drone Pilot Training, Drone-lab (www.drones-lab.com ), Pertiuis, France
  • July 2017: “Street Photography by Magnum Photos and Spéos” Spéos Paris Photographic Institute
  • PADI Open Water (Diver Nº 16090V0630) and Advanced (Diver Nº 16100V4758) 

 

WORKSHOPS

  • September 2017: India with Photographers Without Borders, to work with a women's empowerment organization in Jodhpur. Sambhali Trust is an organization dedicated to promoting unity, independent and self-esteem among Indian women, diminishing notions of class and caste, and eradicating violence against women. It consists in going to providing women in need with sewing machines to promote a sustainable livelihood.  www.photographerswithoutborders.org 
  • November 2017: Conflict Photography Workshop, Andalusia, Spain. Instructors: Eric Bouvet, JB Russell and Jason P. Howe. Conflict Photography Workshops are unique, in that they encompass not only the majority of the skills taught on more traditional hostile environment courses but most crucially how to actually do one´s job as a photojournalist safely and productively in those environments. The principle aim of Conflict Photography Workshops is to educate photographers who may be considering working in hostile environments, specifically war zones, on how to deal with the dangers they may encounter and how to operate with a higher degree of safety and security. 

LANGUAGES:            - Spanish 100%        - French 100%        - English 95% 

 

1. What makes you passionate about helping DRUG FIGHT MALAWI?

I personally think that substance abuse is a problem that concerns us all. Nowadays, as there is no family where at least one of the members has a problem with alcohol or drugs consumption.

Addiction is a physical, mental an emotional illness that creates a dependence. The negative consequences have an impact on the person, her/his family, her/his related. In many cases professional degrees are destroyed, jobs are lost, families are leaded to ruin, and even the life of the person is missed.

Nevertheless, by raising awareness, we develop prevention, that is extremely important, so people can be conscious of the horrible consequences that this increasing problem can have on their life and future. And on the same way, the national development will increase in a better way.

I think we all deserve the opportunity to take a different way in life, and to build a better person of ourselves every day, and by helping Drug Fight Malawi, we help people to have this precious opportunity in their life and so, one day, they will be able to give this opportunity back helping others that will need it. I feel the duty with this subject, to give back the same opportunity that I was given to have a new awakening and a different way of living in this world.

 

2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

By photographing this movement and what they are fighting against, we can create consciousness of this huge problem. So people can relate on what is happening. Through the visual image, that is the most powerful weapon to combat almost any situation, we can show the real problem and have a bigger impact in finding new sponsors to help this NGO to continue with this hard task.

In 2017 I went to India with PWB, to work at Sambhali Trust, an organization dedicated to promoting unity, independent and self-esteem among Indian women, diminishing notions of class and caste, and eradicating violence against women. By sharing the stories that I created with my pictures, I found sponsors that paid for the scholarship for 6 little girls and boys for 5 years, and I am still working on this project to find more funds for them.

Image is a very powerful way to create consciousness and start making a difference.

 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

We all at least have a person in our family, or know a near friend or someone in his family who has a serious drug or alcohol abuse problem. It is a worldwide problem that is getting bigger and bigger. And Malawi isn´t a developed country that has all the easy ways to find a solution. By helping this NGO, you don’t just help the country development but you can also help to change the destiny of a hole family, of kids, women and men that can have their whole life ruined because of alcohol, drug or tobacco abusive consumption. We, together, can make a difference.

I fell very grateful, thankful, and lucky to be able to participate in this amazing project to help people with my same disease, and to be able to give them, the same opportunity someone gave me some time ago to have a beautiful opportunity to live a different kind of life. Thank you for helping us!

 

Support Stella Grasso

Support Stella Grasso

 I am an independent photographer based in London. Born in Catania, Sicily, after my studies and various work experiences in Italy, I decided to move to England, carrying my dad’s old analogue camera and great aspirations.

I always enjoyed a sheer passion for visual arts but London pushed my interest to a whole new level, challenging my creative eye towards unexplored directions. I studied photography at KCC (University of Arts London) where had the opportunity to approach the medium from different angles, finding my own way to express myself through the lens. I have been involved in different kind of projects: from fashion to portraits, studio and location, fine art and conceptual photography…and had the chance to exhibit my work internationally, but my “natural habitat” is the Street, Travel and Documentary. Very keen black and white analogue photographer, I love experimenting with old alternative processes and techniques.

“My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been” (Diane Arbus)

Wild voyageur, in the last few years, I have been wandering solo all around South East Asia, China, H.K., Myanmar ,Philippines, South Korea... and living in Japan and Taiwan, recording my journey on film with my old twin lens Mamiya .While travelling I have been using my passion and skills to help and support NGO, no profit and grassroots initiative.. giving voice with images to those who can't speak for themselves .My main concern is to Communicate, to Transmit, to Generate a reaction…I like to think of myself as a storyteller, but I don’t invent anything … I take down from dictation. Cutting slices of time from everyday life, I discover beauty in the ordinary, surprises in random serendipity.

 

1. What makes you passionate about helping the NGO?

I come from a very big Family... I am the first of 6 kids and even  if among  difficulties I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to access to education and develop my skills regardless my gender and despite my not wealthy background.. It probably couldn’t have happened in India where being a child, especially a girl, means to suffer from many disadvantages.

In poor regions, girls have to work in the household from a very young age and often experience domestic violence; there is no room for education. Rajasthan is still quite conservative and the so called Dalits are affected by injustices and poverty because they are at the bottom of the caste system and therefore considered "untouchable". This NGO helps Dalit children and women to build up their self-esteem, to become more independent and to take their own decisions, reducing the existing gender gap in education and labour force participation.

In the past I have already been involved in social service and worked with kids with special need and I volunteered with a similar Project in in Myanmar… 

I will be happy to give my contibution again, helping vulnerable women and children break out of the cycle of poverty and abuse. 

 

2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I believe Photography is an incredibly powerful tool! Beyond the cliché: “a picture tells a thousand words” there is real value in using images.  They grab attention, explain, teach, communicate, promote, inspire...help! A Photo indeed often stands out on its own and says all. 

I will be ‘on the ground’ with my camera gathering experiences, collecting significant moments and documenting everyday efforts to reach impactful results…giving voice with images to whom can't speak on their own. I am convinced that being witness of a change and show it to the world can make the difference. 

 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I am very proud of all I have done and achieved in the last few years, having the courage of stepping out of my comfort zone, overcoming fears and doubts and allowing myself to live day by day extraordinary experiences,with my camera hanging around my neck…even when the situations weren't ideal. I found Volunteering the key to give and grow, to help and achieve and concretely make a difference. I am willing to continue on this healthy path with my photography and PWB is the perfect platform where I can use my skills and passion to help others while doing what I love. I truly believe in their mission and activities and I am very excited of joining this inspiring project in India.

So… here I am, eyes wide open...ready for a new challenge!

Help me to help…telling the stories that matter.

Visit Stella Grasso's Website

 

Support Matthew DeLorme

Support Matthew DeLorme

1. What makes you passionate about helping Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation?  

I think that helping Pan HImalayan is more important than ever in the times that we live in. Stepping outside one's comfort zone and getting to know people, know their struggles and help them in any way you can is the only way we as humans can move towards a brighter future. 
 
2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?  

I hope my photography can make a difference for them in telling their story. I hope it helps give them a voice and shows the world what they are doing to make a better life for themselves. I hope the images I take will move others to help them as well. 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?  

I am deeply moved by your support. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to help others in a way that is uniquely suited to my skill set. It has been something that has been on my mind for quite some time, and you have afforded my chance to make a difference.

Business website www.mdelorme.com 

Support Samantha Hyatt

Support Samantha Hyatt

Photographers Without Borders sat down with Samantha to get to know her better. 

What makes you passionate about helping Watoto Wasoka?

I really enjoy working and photographing kids. The opportunity to be able to improve their lives with my photography by working with Watoto Wasoka is such a great honor. I'm excited to capture their energy and to enjoy the new experience.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

My photography will make a difference because I feel I form a very personal connection with whatever I photograph. I look forward to creating a powerful visual story for Watoto Wasoka, that I feel will broaden their outreach. 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I feel extremely fortunate that I will get to have and to share this experience, and also for more awareness and exposure for Watoto Wasoka. I fully appreciate any support that comes my way! Thank you!

Support Damari McBride

Support Damari McBride

Photographers Without Borders spoke with Damari about his motivations. 

1. I’ve always lived by the saying “it takes a village...” Nourish is a living and breathing example of that quote.  This organization realizes that the up and coming generations are the key entity in saving this planet and making it a better place for all living things. With also being a teacher I try to instill a sense of diverse techniques that contribute to the make up of the student as a whole. Teaching them compassion, awareness, critical thinking which allows them to have a strong sense of what needs to be done and take action. Nourish does that and more. *They believe and invest in their students and they empower their community. It takes a village.

2. I love photographing people. even before photography, humans captured portraits through sculpture and painting. They're an important part of human history for a reason. They provide us with a sense of who an individual was, their daily lives, a moment in time, a sense of intimacy and humanity. A portrait can be a powerful conversation in a snapshot. I believe that my photography will show a story of prosperity, hope, Love, and more. This is an opportunity to show people who are in the midst of growing and influencing their communities. I want them to tell their stories. 

3. Storytelling matters to all of us. Stories are out of memories, histories, and traditions. They help to give us meaning and preserve our values as individuals and citizens. They help inspire us and give a road map for how we want to shape the world. Nourish has a story with all of those elements in it. With your help I will be able to deliver their story. 

Support Danielle Maczynski

Support Danielle Maczynski

Photographers Without Borders spoke with Danielle about her upcoming trip to document the work at CoRE

What makes you passionate about helping CoRE?

What I find so exciting about CoRE's initiative is their open involvement with the Hanoian community and the opportunities they give to their members to open up new waves of communication. I'm excited to learn more about CoRE's foundation and what their goals are for the future of the organization.

 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I am a complete advocate for visual representation in any organization's story. I think imagery gives a greater personalization and understanding to an audience that may know what CoRE stands for or the kind of work they do. Potential members that view CoRE's community outreach are going to look toward aesthetically pleasing visuals and I hope that my work for CoRE can help them yield that greater audience reach.

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

Follow along on the journey! Not only is this my first time visiting Vietnam but it is my first time working with an NGO. I could not be more excited to dive in. I'll be sharing clips and grabs from my time in Hanoi on social media. I'm looking forward to sharing CoRE's story within my circle of connections as well which will hopefully drive some additional international attention to their work.

 

Visit Danielle's website here.

Support Liz Oxhorn

Support Liz Oxhorn

We are more alike than we know.

This is the driving force behind my photography. Over the last twenty years, I have photographed over two dozen countries - some places of heartbreaking conflict, others places of mind-blowing beauty and most something in-between.

Through my work, I celebrate the glory of the ordinary, the tenderness of our shared humanity and the vitality of the planet we call home. Whether dodging motorbikes in Vietnam or bouncing along the highway in rural Morocco, it's always with a camera in-hand, searching for the story to be told.

At home in the United States, my work extends to video where I produce emotionally-powerful content that changes hearts and minds. My video work has influenced some of the most significant debates in the U.S. from gun violence to health care, but as with my photography, it's always grounded in the universal stories we all share. 

Stories like how toddlers everywhere love to “help,” how mothers rock their babies in Bethlehem just as they do in Tel Aviv and how we all yearn for a world that feels a little more like home.

 

Photographers Without Borders spoke with Liz about her upcoming trip to document the incredible work being done by Vacha for women empowerment. 

What makes you passionate about helping Vacha? 

I’ve been an advocate on a lot of important issues, but nothing as close to my heart as the empowerment of women and girls. From an early age, women received a lot of messages about all of the things they can’t or shouldn’t do. Thanks to great mentors and a college education (as well as a lot of white western privilege), I’ve been able to be part of some pretty incredible opportunities like working in the White House and on two historic presidential campaigns. I want every woman to be able to experience that sense of empowerment and accomplishment, but so many barriers can stand in the way: cultural expectations, discrimination, harassment, lack of access to education or even fear of safety.

One of the things I love about Vacha is that their programs are not just for women and girls, but led by them. Through their involvement with Vacha, women and girls find their own power and their own voice and come to know their deep worth. It’s also so important that Vacha engages boys in its work, not just because they make good allies, but because it helps boys become female-empowering men. This is the kind of real, structural change that can advance women’s opportunities in India for generations to come.

 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I find that women and girls are my most frequent photographic subjects, perhaps because I place so much value on drawing attention to people who may feel overlooked or underrepresented. Every place I have traveled, I have been struck by women’s incredible strength. They aren’t often in the spotlight or a leadership role, but they are such a force of influence in their homes, their communities and the world.

By photographing Vacha, I hope to not only give Vacha's targeted audiences insight into this incredible program, but also help them truly see the women and girls involved. Their day-to-day lives may be very different from those of the audience, but I suspect these women and girls have dreams and habits and likes and dislikes we all can relate to. I want people to be able to see these women and girls and think “she reminds me of someone I'd know” - because I believe that sense of common humanity is the single best way to motivate change.

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

From the time I unwrapped my first SLR camera on my 16th birthday, photography has been such a gift in my life. It has taught me how to see the richness of the world, helped me memorialize meaningful experiences and opened the door to building new relationships. I’ve wanted to honor that gift by giving it back, but never quite knew how. With Photography Without Borders, I finally have an opportunity to do photography with purpose. I'm opting to fund my own expenses for this assignment, but I also know the value of inviting people to walk alongside you in doing good. If you opt to donate on my page, know that your donation won't go to me, but to Vacha.

 

Visit Liz's website here.

Support Lisa Keisler

Support Lisa Keisler

Photographers Without Borders sat down with Lisa to talk to her about her upcoming trip to document the work of Development in Gardening. 

1. WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING DIG? 

The concept of Development In Gardening interested me from the moment I heard about them.  After further research on the organization, it was easy for me to become passionate about the organizations long term goals.  I tend to navigate towards projects that provide a long term progressive solution to problems.  DIG is doing just that. From helping people use their local resources to maintain and secure gardens that meet nutritional needs to promoting gender equality and educating communities,  DIG’s purpose and goals are in line with my personal beliefs on all of these levels. I believe that helping people by educating them on how to use the resources they have more effectively is a concept that can be implemented to not only address problems faced by this generation but many generations to come.

2. HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

As a photographer, I am always trying to tell a visual story.  It’s hard in the fast paced digital word to get attention to an image.  It’s even harder to hold ones attention and virtually impossible to make someone act on a cause.  This a challenge for all NGO photographers and I am no different.  I try and make a personal connection with the people and places I photograph long before I put my camera to my eye.  I can see that DIG is connecting and impacting people on a personal level and I can help visually tell the story of what they do and how it is so needed in the communities they serve.

3. WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

Asking for support on something that I am passionate about is a little hard for me.  When I started on this journey, transitioning from being a successful wedding photographer to an NGO and humanitarian photographer, I made sure I researched to organizations that I felt a true connection to.  That being said, I think the photography project I will be working on with DIG is well worth consideration if someone is interested in helping promote an organization that is empowering people through gardening, nutrition and education in an area of the world where it is sorely needed. 

Visit Lisa's website here.

Support Sharlene Morris

Support Sharlene Morris

 

Photographers Without Borders asked Sharlene a few questions about her upcoming trip to document Animal Aware. 

1. WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMAL AWARE?

Animal Aware is an organization that excites me because I am very passionate about improving animal welfare, and Animal Aware is working on the ground in its community to improve the lives of animals and educate the citizens about the proper treatment of animals in the hopes of achieving long-lasting change. 

2. HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

I am eager to document Animal Aware's work by documenting its successes, basically who it's helping and how, to inspire further support for Animal Aware's work so the organization can continue changing the lives of the animals and citizens in its community.

3. WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

I am excited to work on this photography project because animal welfare is a meaningful issue to me. Through this project, I get the opportunity to combine my love for photography with my passion for improving the lives of animals and hopefully inspiring others as well!

Visit Sharlene's Website here

Support Vera Nieuwenhuis

Support Vera Nieuwenhuis

 

Vera Nieuwenhuis will be travelling with PWB to capture the work of the Turtle Conservancy Society (TCS). PWB sat down with Vera and asked her a few questions about her upcoming trip. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH TCS?

I will be so fortunate to work closely with the Turtle Conservancy Society (TCS) of Malaysia in a small village in Chukai to photo document the research, conservation, education and public outreach work that TCS is working hard to accomplish. Story-telling the efforts of TCS though the use of visual media will bring about both local and global awareness. This photo journalistic journey gives me the opportunity to produce images to help the on-going efforts of TCS to save such endangered species as the River Terrapin, Painted Terrapin, Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, and Leatherback Turtle, to name a few. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to offer my photographic skills to help global outreach to this small village in Malaysia.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

I have been privileged to shoot through the eyes of a lens for over 5 years. My efforts have brought joy to those that were able to have access to the photos that were captured. I believe that photography has the ability to tell a story with one single picture. That message can spread the word around the world and bring awareness to issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. Photography is a powerful tool and one that can be used to help tell the story of struggling communities that need to get help and have their message heard. It is an honor to volunteer for the Turtle Conservancy Society of Malaysia and put my experience to good use in a fulfilling and rewarding way. My goal will be to accomplish the message that TCS is aiming to achieve with endangered turtles through my images. The support of such efforts is extremely welcome and super appreciated!

Visit Vera's website here

 

Support Charlotte Hodges

Support Charlotte Hodges

 

Born in California and brought up traveling the world with deep cultural roots set in salty costal Mexico, Charlotte L. Mignot Hodges could truly be considered a citizen of the world. An explorer with incredible emotional sensitivity and curiosity for the world that surrounds her. To the delight of all those around her, her instinct to relate to others began to express very early in her life through writing and visual art. Fluent in multiple languages and cultures, themes of interconnectivity, solidarity and responsibility for the environment are common in her work. She’s honest with herselfand challenges her community to be the same way. On the floor and walls of her home, in countless journals, and recently through her travel blogs, website and various expositions, Charlotte has created as she lived, laying bare the evolution of her mind and personality. 

While it is certain that she could find inspiration in her own garden, her path so far in life has taken her around the world and back. Following her passions she has sought out various forms of hands on learning experience, as well as studied at multiple centers and universities where she acquired a yoga teacher certification at the White lotus Foundation, a PDC (permaculture design certificate) at Quail Springs, and a Community Herbalist Certificate at Pacific Rim College. At the moment Charlotte is currently enrolled in Naropa University, basedin Boulder, Colorado from which she continues to passionately express and pursue her art.

Photographers spoke to Charlotte about her upcoming trip to capture Epic Arts in Cambodia. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH EPIC ARTS?

As an artist working through various mediums and studying Early Childhood Education, I have always thought art should be an integral aspect to any education. Having volunteered in several different educational programs in the United States and abroad, I have come to realize the importance of art, and play, in our learning processes. From an early age I have aspired to become an artist of life, and have continued my seeking since to become involved in organizations and programs working along this path. What makes me passionate about helping Epic Arts is the opportunity it presents to help a society grow by shedding new light on a subject (on a people) who have long been misunderstood or overlooked. Although I have never travelled to Cambodia, I have felt many times before in my travels around the globe that humanity has missed many opportunities by segregating those we have labeled as ”different”. Perhaps it is only through encountering hardships and obstacles along our paths that we find our true strengths and inner gifts. I am amazed of the limited view our societies have construed around what it means to be human —and I am in awe and in complete admiration of individuals who have embraced their disabilities and developed other strengths in response. There is true inspiration for us all to be found and learned from in these journeys of self discovery and I feel very honored to be able to take part in the process. 

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

I would hope that my photography can offer a clear view of both the outer workings as well as the inner light of the students and facilities at Epic Arts. I truly believe that something as simple as an image presenting  a positive perspective can be life changing —in helping the subjects acknowledge and accept themselves and in transforming societies views of them. By portraying the truths of these people’s lives and situations while focusing on the steps they are taking to flip their fortunes, I hope to join a growing team of diverse individuals working towards bettering opportunities of empowerment and inclusivity. For, I believe we have much to learn from these experiences in accepting and growing from disability  —if we could open ourselves to this, our world would be much more complete and all the better for it.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

 I think it is important to support that which we wish to see more of in the world around us, rather than fight what we are against. I believe that we manifest what we set our energies to. Hence we become that which we fight, or vise versa, that which we support. That being said, wether your support comes from your heart, your pockets, or both —I would  like to thank you for contributing to a cause beyond your own self. 

Visit Charlotte's Website  

Support Matt Stirn

Support Matt Stirn

I am an environmental archaeologist and photographer from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Through science and visual storytelling, I am interested in the relationship people have with their environments around the world and how that has changed over time. I am a national fellow at The Explorer’s Club and have worked as a documentary photographer on archaeological and conservation projects across the world, and as Photographer in Residence at the British School in Athens. I am always thrilled to work on new stories and excited to see where they might lead! My work can be found in National Geographic Adventure, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Wild Planet Magazine, and Misadventures Magazine. 

Photographers Without Borders asked Matt a few questions about his upcoming trip. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH AZUERO?

When I first came across the Azuero Earth Project through PWB, I was immediately drawn to it. Panama is a place that at least for me, draws constant images of dense jungle and pristine rainforest. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case and in many parts of the country, the rainforest has largely been replaced by agricultural plots and plantations. It’s rapidly disappearing. The Azuero Peninsula on the Pacific coast is one of the hardest hit. The Azuero Earth Project is seeking to make a difference and by working with local communities, they are actively rehabilitating old rainforest and ensuring the preservation of important habitats that are in critical danger of being lost forever.

I personally come from a science background and was attracted by the emphasis that Azuero Earth puts on education, outreach, and their local community. Far too often I’ve seen field research and conservation work benefit those in charge, but not necessarily the people who call that place home. Azuero Earth, however, takes a different approach. They believe that meaningful and lasting change comes from within the community and works outwards, drawing in others and slowly growing. From their conservation work accomplished thus far, it’s easy and inspiring to see how they have succeeded in their mission of sustainable conservation at a local level. I am thrilled to be able to participate in their work and excited to learn about their struggles, successes, and future goals.

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

In today’s world, words like conservation, endangered, research, and data are everywhere. From mainstream news to social media campaigns, there is constantly a flood of facts being pushed upon us. While much of this information, especially in terms of conservation and climate change, is of great importance, it is often difficult to relate to numbers and statistics, and the messages can get lost amongst the noise of everyday life. I believe that photography offers a solution to this problem. People can relate to a face, an animal, or a stunning landscape a lot better than a statistic. The Azuero Earth project is accomplishing some amazing feats in terms of rainforest rehabilitation, conservation, and climate change research. I hope that by using photography and visual storytelling, I will be able to document and spread their important message to a wide audience.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

First and foremost, thank you so very much for your support. In completing this work I am excited to share the story of an organization in Panama that is going above and beyond to make a difference in conservation and our understanding of climate change. These issues are of critical importance right now and I am inspired help document a group that is really making a difference and offering a solution to an overwhelming problem.

Visit Matt's website here

Support Annalise Kaylor

Support Annalise Kaylor

 

Annalise Kaylor is an Atlanta-based contemporary portrait photographer specializing modern portraiture and NGO & humantiarian photojournalism. She will be travelling to Ghana to document the work of Boomers International. We sat down with Annalise to ask her a few questions before her trip.

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH BOOMERS INTERNATIONAL?

All of my life, I’ve been passionate about sustainability projects, and have specifically sought out causes and organizations that understand that empowering people and changing lives is a huge part of creating a more sustainable world. Booomers International, does exactly that and more.  The more I looked into their work, the more I knew I needed to help tell their story and share their powerful mission with the world.

I was drawn to the Booomers project because they are a great example of how social enterprise can lift people up and make a positive impact locally, but also on a global scale.  Booomers has created a place for rural youth to learn about all aspects of business, from working with supply chain in procuring bamboo from Ghanan farmers to manufacturing and crafting their bamboo products.  Soon, they can add sustainable farming to that list, as they just bought a 50-acre parcel of land to start farming their own bamboo, too. Bamboo is fast-growing, thriving in soil conditions that are often inhospitable to other plants, and a single acre of bamboo can fix approximately 25 metric tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide in a year!  All of this work combined - sourcing, farming, manufacturing - has resulted in a small, but important online shop, selling bamboo bike frames and products so the money can be invested back into their enterprise.

Bikes are everywhere in Ghana, and with good reason - towns, schools, and basic needs are often many miles apart.  The Booomers Bike to School programs improves the lives of vulnerable Ghanan children, especially the girls, by providing them with bikes to get to and from school.  Their work also helps support literacy development, as the Ghana Educational Service reported in 2010, that 64% of school children could not effectively read or write. And further, Booomers helps support a scholarship program so those children have the basic needs for school - supplies and their uniform - taken care of.  

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

In order for great organizations like Booomers to continue to grow, they need powerful marketing materials like videos and photography.  By donating my time and talent, I will create new videos that could help them earn more grants, seek private donations that help them expand their reach, and help their voices be heard.  

I spent nearly two decades in digital marketing before making the career change to full-time visual storytelling. For me, that change was largely based around my passion for amplifying the voices of those who need to be heard most. My background in marketing helps me take the strategic needs of the business side of an organization and translate those needs into compelling narrative told through my photography and videography.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

In supporting me, and this project, those who choose to donate will be helping me help the people of rural Ghana, and specifically the children of rural Ghana.  Because this project taps into my passions for sustainability in farming and education and literacy for all, I can tell the Booomers story effectively, and with a fresh perspective.

Visited Annalise's website here

Support Lacey Dippold

Support Lacey Dippold

Lacey Dippold's first calling in life is to be a mother. The second is to be a photographer. She is a natural light photographer based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Lacey will be travelling with PWB to capture Boomers. 

PWB asked Lacey a few questions about her upcoming trip. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH BOOMERS?

I have been shooting professionally for five years and have always loved documenting projects that have a purpose.  For the past five years, I have been searching for a place to make an impact using my skills in photography.  A photo can be enormously powerful.  It can bring awareness, spread passion and create an instant connection with its viewer.  When this is paired with a story, the impact is even more powerful.  I know that I can bring that connection to others through my photography with Boomers.

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

I have four daughters and their future is enormously important to me.  I have sought out the best schools and curriculum, even in Kindergarten, to make sure they are being set up for success.  I firmly believe that education starts very early.  Not having that opportunity for them is terrifying.  I absolutely love the fact that Boomers cares about the education for young people in Ghana and wants to give them that same opportunity.  I find that people can forget that there are places out there where education is not a birthright.  Where we forget that a culture is different from ours.  I want to bring this to the forefront of as many minds as I can, starting with my own and my children.  To make a bigger difference, we must start with making an impact where we can and spread that like ripples.  I want to be a part of this ripple effect and I know photography can do just that.  I want to look into the faces of those people in Ghana who are a part of the difference and who have been a recipient of it.  I want to hear their stories and feel their hearts and bring that to the people of the world.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

I am so grateful for my supporters partnering with me on this adventure.  Without them, this would not be a possibility.  The difference starts with them and together we can bring awareness about Boomers.

Visit Lacey's website here .

Support Josh Lawrence

Support Josh Lawrence

Josh Lawrence is a photographer from Somerset, England, having moved to the UK in 2003 to chase a career in photography. Josh once worked with the British GQ magazine for a number of years, but now works as a freelance photographer and film maker. He currently lives between London and Madrid. 

Josh will be document the work of JUSTA with Photographers Without Borders.

PWB asked Josh a few questions about his upcoming trip. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING JUSTA?

I think Justa is a great cause because it goes beyond just providing aid and really helps people to help themselves. They are giving people a purpose in life, help them feel self worth and provide for themselves and their families. Helping people in need is all well and good but guide someone to help themselves and you are making a real difference that can continue on for future generations.

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

I myself am guilty of getting absorbed in my own life and troubles but it is really important to zoom out on everything and look at the bigger picture and put things in perspective as often as possible. Seeing just how much hard work goes into these projects and the transformations in peoples lives it brings so important for the world to see to help them see the bigger picture, and how they can then help.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

 The support so far as been amazing. I think most people would like to help the world in some way and I think seeing me embark on this adventure has opened some minds already. If people can spare anything they have to help me document this amazing cause and share it with the world they would be helping the world in more ways than they know. Not just the direct lives affected by Justa, but maybe everyone that sees the great work they do and then carries that message into their own lives and perhaps they make a tiny adjustment for the better. If everyone in the world changed one thing for the better everyday the world would be an amazing place to be.

Visit Josh's personal website here