Location: Mankhu Village
Project Length: 14 days
Dates: Fall 2019; Flexible
Project ID: 1990*
Producer: Katherine Cheng
ABOUT THE charity
In mountain communities, the suffering caused by poverty can be overwhelming as the needs for basic amenities far outstrip the local resources. This NGO’s approach to sustainable development is to first identify needs that can be fulfilled today, with very little funding and by local protagonists committed to the advancement of their communities. This NGO then works hand-in-hand with community leaders to develop and implement effective solutions to outstanding problems in their villages.
The specific project that the photographer will be working with is a safe haven for abused women and a training facility to teach women to use media to raise awareness of women’s issues, operating out of a farm that is home to 30 women and children. The farm is completely woman owned and operated, which is unique for a paternalistic country like Nepal. This NGO provides a healthy, vibrant mountain community where women and children have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity in an environment where human rights are valued and respected - a growing hope for women in the Himalayas.
The NGO’s end goal is to train women to be able to earn an income using photography, video, and radio. For the women of this project, the goal is to enable them to tell better and better stories of the issues facing women – by women, for women.
SDGS: 5 (gender equality), 4 (education)
*PWB Camera Program Project
Set against the mountains of the Himalayas, the photographer will be focused on documenting the women participating in the photography, videography, and radio workshops within the NGO’s studio. As a PWB Camera Project, the photographer will also be leading some workshops based on the expertise of the photographer (e.g. landscape photography, wedding photography, commercial photography, product photography etc.). Depending on the dates, the photographer will also be able to document the women engaging with festivals and singing contests at the local school.
Experience in photo-documentary or photojournalism
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
Adaptable to new and different situations, flexible and patient
Storytelling - Must submit a minimum of one (1) original article, 800-1000 words upon completion of the project, to complement the images/footage of this assignment.
Teaching/workshop facilitator skills to lead and participate in the PWB Camera Program
Experience in overseas development
Experience travelling abroad in the Global South
Interest in issues surrounding gender equality
Note: As per the NGO, you should expect approximately $580 out of pocket expenses based on your food and recreational preference.
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