Monday, October 13, 2008

Coming up for Air

Have been home for about a week, busily editing, selecting segregating and captioning photos from this latest adventure in NGO photography. A long hectic session following a hectic trip netting something like 5,000 frames shot, 50 gigs of memory consumed, I am wraping up the submission to the client and getting ready to write six accompanying stories about the people an the projects. This whole projeect has been even more tight on time than I expected, which is why I was not able to blog in the way that I had hoped, but plan to post the best o the articles I'll be writing next, please stay tunes. Meanwhile I am adding a few more pix from Nicaragua, before I get back to wraping this up.
A rural farmer in Esteli, Nicaragua pauses while digging a ditch for a new waterline to one of several homes included in a drinking water project in the area.

CRS and FIDER work together to improve quality
and consistency of crops in Nicaragua. This process begins with
growing stronger seedlings under the protection of greenhouses in the area.

Farmers dig a waterline for homes in area, to provide drinking water directly to homes from springs in the area. The project is a part o the Global Water Initiative, led in Nicaragua by Catholic Relief Services working with local partners.
An Esteli area farmer pumps drinking water from a new well on his land. Water projects across Nicaragua and Central America are changing people's lives, allowing for more efficient farming and better health through clean water for drinking.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Photos from Brazil

A member of the Ichu area women's group creates bolt of cloth which will become a table cloth or other cash generating product. This and other projects teach women skills that allow them earn more money to support their families in the semi-arid section of northern Bahia state, where sometimes irregular rain prevents them from completely depending upon their crops for food and income. Irrigation projects such as the construction of cisterns (Below) supported by water collecting devices are also serving to improve people's lives in the area.

Women in Northern Brazil construct a cistern to collect r
ain water, as a part of the 100,000 cisterns project, that will
create a more secure water supply in the region that
at times receives high volume rain followed by
many months of dry conditions.
A client of the Casa Fonte Colombo visits with friends while
drinking chamarrao, a traditional tea made from ervatierra tree leaves.

Family who have been saved by the counseling and other services
available at the Casa Fonte Colombo in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The husband suports the family by making leather goods at home.

Bikeshop on the sidewalk in Porto Alegre.
Program in Northern Brazil supporting farmers
in irrigation systems and in diversifying crops
for year-round income.
Before the water tank construction project reaches him,
a farmer still must collect water in plastic jugs with his donkey.