In 2011 I worked in Kenya for two NGO's. One was to, photograph and videography the progress the organization had made since arriving 4 years ago. And for the other, to increase cultural and social competency, and hold nightly group processing with physician assistant students.
Many of the photos here are from the trainings of Community-Based Health Care Workers in how to recognize high risk pregnancies, treat those pregnancies, and deliver babies within the home. This training was very much needed because of the high rate of maternal and infant death during pregnancy and childbirth. Working on a cascade model, as one gets trained, she takes her training to 5 more, who then each train 5 more and so on, until the entire area has been trained.
The surgery photos are with physician assistant students who came to do a tropical medicine rotation from the USA.
I am currently working on bringing awareness, through photography, video, and social media outlets, to the hospital and staff that I worked with in Kenya to increase their volunteer base.
Caring for others is our duty in life. If we do not go and show, how will they (others) know.
I spent one month in Kenya in 2011 and as I have worked in mental health and with at-risk youth and families for 20 years, those 20 years could not compare to what I experienced in one month in Kenya.
I have forever been touched and changed by the wonderful people of Kenya and the spirit of Africa will live in me forever. I yearn to go back, to give more, to show more, to reach into the villages where noone else will go; and to figure out the story, or the importance of what needs to be shared there, and do so.
I am passionate about caring about others as I have shown in my committment to 20 years of work in non-profit mental health agencies. I am also passionate about photography and videography, and it is my hope that you will see that here in my work.
Finally, It is my truest hope that my passion and love for people will be seen by you and inspire you to do your part in some way, no matter how great or small. It all helps. I am a firm believer in that.
LeLinda Bourgeois, MS
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