Photographs and content from humanitarian projects I have worked on around the world, including Rwanda, India, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
22 imagesPhotography and Interviews I created for Chaitanya, a not for profit based in India. This content was made for storytelling and communications purposes. I visited a Cluster Group meeting and then spent a day in the lives of different Chaitanya women. I learnt how Chaitanya had supported them through obstacles in everyday life and was crucial to improving their future. See more on this project at https://maptia.com/emmadavies/stories/chaitanya-women Chaitanya is a not for profit organisation based in Maharastra, India, which supports rural women and their families. Chaitanya provides social security and a platform in which women can address their financial and social needs. Chirag, its Community Based Micro-Finance program encourages rural women to organise themselves into SHGs (Self Help Groups). These usually consist of 10-20 women who meet to discuss problems and apply for small loans. There are currently over 9000Self Help Groups. Each SHG belongs to a Cluster Group where women may make loan repayments or collect money which has gained interest. These Cluster Groups each belong to a Federation, where larger loans are accessed. These SHG meetings not only provide the women with financial stability, they provide a place, where women can gather, talk amongst friends, share problems and come up with solutions. These meetings have brought the women in the community much closer together and create independence among them. The Womens Counselling Centre is another program which provides women with support and problem solving methods. Women undergo legal training in Chaitanya’s Jankar program, providing them with knowledge in gender sensitive laws and skills for counselling. The local police work closely with the centre, sending any domestic violence victims to them for support. Other programs include affordable health insurance for women and their families, legal training, advice on government schemes, health, agriculture and education.
19 imagesPhotography and Content I created for ABCs & Rice, a not for profit based in Cambodia. ABCs & Rice is a safe haven for children, where education and the realisation of self-worth are of the utmost priority. Based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, ABCs & Rice recognises education as a right that all children should have, and the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. The city of Siem Reap is home to a number of impressive 12th century temples, it’s most famous being the incredible Angkor Wat. The town is made up of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants, ready for the millions of tourists who arrive each year. Despite this, Cambodia is one of the worlds poorest countries, with almost 40% of children under the age of 5 being chronically malnourished and a third of the population living on less than 45 cents a day. Education comes at a cost, perhaps small by Western standards but often unattainable to the impoverished in the region. Families struggle through poverty and in attempts to get some of their children an education, often keep one or more children at home to work. ABCs & Rice offers free education, health programs and nutrition for impoverished children in the Poom Sala and Kroligne area of Siem Reap. Theycurrently support 180 children and run entirely on donations. The Cambodian Education System is supposedly free, but families cannot keep up with the costs associated with going to school. These costs include transport, uniforms, books, pens etc. ABCs & Rice cover these costs and run English classes in various subjects at their own school. For more information on the project, please visit http://www.abcrice.org/ This series is also available at https://maptia.com/emmadavies/stories/abcs-and-rice and http://www.thebigissue.org.au/magazines/2016/02/05/not-dead-yet/