CARE Madagascar has many projects addressing a broad spectrum of issues. We accompanied the CARE staff to survey several of the projects in the Toamasina Province along the East Coast. Among them were several rural health clinics addressing infant and maternal health issues. The clinics were accessible only on almost impassable roads and far enough way that many women walk over 15 kms for healthcare.
There are many volunteers in the communities themselves helping spread the word about the clinics and the information they have gathered from the nurses and doctors. These rural leaders, mainly women, are empowered to improve the health and wellbeing of the children and families in their communities through these programs.
Through my work as a documentary photographer and a philanthropist, I have seen time and time again how powerful images can move people into action. As someone who has seen first-hand success stories coming out of the developing world, I am a firm believer that these stories need to be told. I have a commitment to showing the people of the developing world as dignified global citizens who matter. We all know the 'pornography' of hunger. Those images are burned into our minds forever. I'm more interested in telling the whole story, following the root causes and exposing some solutions. This is the reason I became a photographer - to inspire people to make a difference and to co-create a world that works for everyone.
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