As a mother and son team we are more than excited to work together as we embark on this adventure to assist SASANE in Nepal. Our hope is to create moving photography and videography that will motivate more victims to come forward and to assist SASANE in educating the community, not just locally, but globally too.
We are inspired by SASANE, who are dedicated to providing opportunities for vulnerable girls and women. I am especially interested in their paralegal program. As a lawyer myself, I see the benefit in educating women about the law and empowering them to stand up for their rights and the rights of others. SASANE is giving victims a fighting chance, one that they would not otherwise have. SASANE provides victims with a soft place to land and hope for their future, through education, skills training, and counselling. They turn victims into advocates and champions for their own lives.
Human trafficking affects not only today’s generation of women, but many generations to come. NGO’s, like SASANE, who are spearheaded by survivors themselves, are a testament to the fact that girls/women have the power and tenacity to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of so many others. They can contribute. Their value to their communities can be boundless! We are honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to let others see that.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
As a lawyer I have been advocating for the vulnerable for almost 20 years. It was a natural progression for me to use my lens as a means to extend that advocacy in my photography. I rose from a life of poverty and injustices, to achieve my goals, which became the motivation for my passion to help others. My background affords me a unique perspective and provides me with tools to bring compassion and understanding to my work as a photographer. I always strive to keep learning new things, about new places and cultures, and opening up my mind to new experiences. I have an incurable case of wanderlust and feel so alive behind my camera.
I have two children and a granddaughter, who is 8. They travel with me a lot. In fact, my son, Julien will be joining me on some of these adventures to do videography. Julien is a talented musician, mastering the piano at a young age, is quick witted and very bright. He aspires to be a computer programmer and is committed to social justice, being involved in various volunteer activities in our community and at school.