Archive for the 'uganda' Category

12
Apr
12

“pii en kwo : water is life” Photo Exhibit in Toronto

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This exhibit is on display at the Bay Adelaide Centre for *one week only*.
The Concourse is accessible from 6:30 am to 2:00 am daily. From street level, take the escalator in the Bay Adelaide Centre down to the lower level, then head to your left.

About the Photos
In February 2010, I accompanied Ryan’s Well Foundation representatives on their monitoring trip to Uganda to document the work they do throughout the country. We visited a number of schools and communities where water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) programs had been recently implemented by Ryan’s Well and their local partners.

The photos in this exhibit showcase the incredible impact Ryan’s Well projects have on the local people – not only in bringing life-giving water and sanitation, but in helping to build a foundation for economic development, improved health and well-being, and fostering a sense of empowerment and hope for a better future.

Framed prints are available for sale. A portion of each sale will be donated to the Ryan’s Well Foundation.

For more information on me and to see more of my work, please go to http://www.lesleymarino.com/

For more information about Ryan’s Well Foundation Projects around the world, please go to http://www.ryanswell.ca/

To go to the Facebook event, click here.

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03
Mar
11

pii en kwo :: water is life photo exhibit

I’m so excited to announce my first solo exhibition:

pii en kwo :: water is life
Ryan’s Well Projects in Uganda

Photo Exhibit

Shenkman Arts Centre
Ottawa

March 3 – 31, 2011

In February 2010, I accompanied Ryan’s Well Foundation representatives on their monitoring trip to Uganda to document the work they do throughout the country. We visited a number of schools and communities where water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) programs had been recently implemented by Ryan’s Well and their local partners.

The photos in this exhibit showcase the incredible impact Ryan’s Well projects have on the local people – not only in bringing life-giving water and sanitation, but in helping to build a foundation for economic development, improved health and well-being, and fostering a sense of empowerment and hope for a better future.

Framed and unframed prints will be available for sale. A portion of each sale will be donated to the Ryan’s Well Foundation.

 

Read the Ryan’s Well Press Release here (pdf).

For directions to the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, click here. The Lower Lobby Reception Space is open daily from 9:00am to 10:00pm and is free to attend.

Thanks to Framing Dames for doing such a beautiful job framing my photos. A huge thank you to Dean, Julie and Véronique for helping me with the installation earlier this week; below are some photos. Another huge thank you to Erica from the Ryan’s Well Foundation for doing much of the work to make this all happen!

Photo exhibit setup

27
Jan
11

picture of the day on africa lens website

A photo of mine from Ryan’s Well Foundation projects in Uganda featured in Pictures of the Day on African Lens.

Celebrating Clean Water

06
Dec
10

kavule finally gets safe water!

Back in February, I visited a very special school in Mbale, Uganda. The Kavule Parents School for the Deaf is home to about 65 deaf and hearing impaired children. The school was in need of a new well, new latrines, handwashing stations and hygiene education materials (see more photos from my previous post).

Just this morning, the Ryan’s Well Foundation received word from Sam Kateu, the school’s founder, that the school now has safe water! From the Ryan’s Well Updates from the Field page: Sam writes “I am so pleased to confirm that the borehole installation was completed very well and hygiene and sanitation training of water user committee, children, staff, parents and the community was successfully done.”

Click here to read more about the Ryan’s Well Kavule Project.

Congratulations to Ryan’s Well, Rural Development Foundation and the Kavule Parents School for the Deaf!!

02
Dec
10

2011 calendars for sale

I’m very happy to announce that ‎2011 Calendars featuring my photos from Ryan’s Well Foundation projects in Uganda are now available for sale online for only $20 +shipping. Click the image below to go to the new Store page on my website to order online. You can also buy them directly from me starting Monday. Contact me for more info!

And in other exciting news, you can now follow me on Twitter and Facebook! Click the buttons in the panel on the right.

28
Oct
10

photophilanthropy essay

Bringing Water and Hope to Northern Uganda

PhotoPhilanthropy is a fantastic organisation that “promotes and connects photographers with non-profit organizations around the world to tell the stories that drive action for social change”.

I submitted a photo essay to their PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award entitled Bringing Water and Hope to Northern Uganda. They even used one of my photos in a blog post.

Please check out my essay, along with the dozens of other beautiful essays on their site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15
Oct
10

WASH: keeping girls in the classroom

I was asked by the Ryan’s Well Foundation to contribute a blog post in honour of Blog Action Day. With this year’s theme being WATER, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about the experiences I had while photographing their water projects in Uganda. The following is what I contributed to the Ryan’s Well Foundation Blog – mine is one of many they will be posting throughout the day. Please check them out!

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I loved school when I was a kid. I had wonderful, inspiring teachers, I enjoyed hanging out with my friends, and most of all…I loved learning.

When I travelled to Uganda with the Ryan’s Well Foundation this past February, we visited a number of schools where water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) programs had been recently implemented. I could clearly see the impact these programs have on the children in these schools. Their smiling, eager faces told me they too were happy to be in school and enjoyed learning. I was also happy to see so many girls in the classroom.

Traditionally, it is often the responsibility of girls to collect water. This time-intensive task often takes them out of the classroom for up to several hours to reach far-away water sources. By providing schools with clean water sources, less time is spent collecting water and more time is spent in the classroom.

It isn’t only about access to clean water, though; providing latrines and handwashing stations and promoting hygiene education in the classroom are also important aspects of keeping girls in schools. Access to these kinds of resources increases their safety, provides dignity and helps prevent disease; participating on school water committees empowers girls towards positive change.

I never had to think about water and sanitation issues when I went to school; I was able to have fun and focus on learning. With continued school-based WASH projects supported by the Ryan’s Well Foundation, more and more girls will spend fewer valuable classroom hours collecting water and won’t be anxious or embarrassed about hygiene issues. They too can love attending school and eagerly focus on learning, just like I did.




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