I have worked as a volunteer with the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development since 1998, documenting their efforts to assist people with disabilities in developing countries. I have traveled with them to Nicaragua, Honduras, Ethiopia, and Peru, photographing projects that include the establishment of prosthetics clinics in Nicaragua and Honduras, the evaluation of services for those who have lost limbs in Ethiopia, the creation of a leadership institute for people with disabilities in Nicaragua, the opening of a wheelchair manufacturing workshop, and assisting Peruvian groups in their work to identify landmine victims and develop effective victim assistance programs for them.
Since I am not a journalist, I have not needed to make sensational images. Rather, I have been able to create images that dignify the people in need of assistance as well as those who assist them. I hope that the images will foster awareness of the plight of those who have been injured, and also of the fact that it is quite possible to help them improve their own lives.
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