On assignment for Deworm the World Initiative, I was able to experience Kenya's National Deworming Day (2014) and India's National Deworming Day (2015) from the ground, capturing moments before, during, and after the deworming process at several schools. The days were long and brutally hot; however, I was infused by the excitement of the Deworming team, school staff, and the children.
Parasitic worms affect more than a billion people globally, including over 870 million pre-school and school age children who are at risk of infection. Worm infections can negatively affect a child's health, school attendance, and productivity. Treatment, in the form of a pill, is simple, safe, and cost-effective. The Deworm the World Initiative , led by Evidence Action, works with governments around the world to implement national school-based deworming programs that provide coverage of over 80% of at-risk children.
Dispensers for Safe Water
One of my assignments during my time in Kenya was to interview health promoters in rural areas outside of Kisumu. The woman photographed below was elected by her community to educate others on the importance of safe drinking water.
Dispensers for Safe Water, a program led by Evidence Action, addresses the problem of contaminated water and waterborne diseases in communities that lack access to safe drinking water. A chlorine dispenser is installed directly at the water source, each equipped with a valve that releases a small amount of chlorine to disinfect the water.
I spent a few months in Kenya as a media fellow for Kiva, a non-profit that connects people around the world through lending. Kiva works with field partners to provide small business owners with loans that they cannot otherwise access through traditional banking systems.
I had the opportunity to get to know dozens of talented business owners from a variety of trades- including farmers, cobblers, shopkeepers, salon owners, and tailors- while filming and photographing Kiva's borrowers.
Esther of Facebook Cereals
Esther is a Kiva Zip borrower who owns a small grain shop in Kibera.
Tabitha, hairstylist and salon owner
Lila and Thoth are a duo of street performers who enrich communities around the world with their vibrant performance art. I met Tribal Baroque when they were performing in San Diego, during which time we collaborated on a short photo series about the creative process of their art. Behind the unique act, which involves theatre, dance, and music through the use of complex vocals, bells, foot-percussion, and violins, there is also a love story.
In a small village with high rates of extreme poverty, the Kiburanga Women Self-Help Group is a grassroots organization that empowers women to reach their full potential by supporting and learning from one another. Their impact on the community has been huge, from building houses and schools, installing water tanks for safer water, educating the community on important issues such as HIV/AIDS and female genital mutilation, to teaching one another skills that allow them to be self-sustaining