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From Instagram: Garwhali woman

The women in this Garwhali village in India’s Himalaya all worked, including this one. She seemed to take genuine delight in cleaning and sorting the grains as it would give her some role, importance and a daily task even at her age. She would take equal interest in greeting me each day, always hailing me from wherever I passed her. I was inspired by her tenacity and interest in life, to continue contributing as she best she could even as age and infirmity were starting to make their presence felt. #garwhal #india #iloveindia #lpindia #wonderlust #guardiantravelsnaps #natgeotravel

The women in this Garwhali village in India's Himalaya all worked, including this one. She seemed to take genuine delight in cleaning and sorting the grains as it would give her some role, importance and a daily task even at her age. She would take equal interest in greeting me each day, always hailing me from wherever I passed her. I was inspired by her tenacity and interest in life, to continue contributing as she best she could even as age and infirmity were starting to make their presence felt. #garwhal #india #iloveindia #lpindia #wonderlust #guardiantravelsnaps #natgeotravel

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From Instagram: Bore wells in India

Up to 10 people a year used to die from diarrhoea and other gastro issues in the tribal villages of Orissa’s eastern ghats in India before Jacob’s Well started sinking bore wells and promoting hygiene and sanitation. Little ones like this boy were those most at risk. Nutrition, education and medical aid are other areas where Jacob’s Well are also seeking to make a difference. #sanitation #borewells #india #iloveindia #motherhood #orissa #odisha #jacobswell #health #lpindia #unicef

Up to 10 people a year used to die from diarrhoea and other gastro issues in the tribal villages of Orissa's eastern ghats in India before Jacob's Well started sinking bore wells and promoting hygiene and sanitation. Little ones like this boy were those most at risk. Nutrition, education and medical aid are other areas where Jacob's Well are also seeking to make a difference. #sanitation #borewells #india #iloveindia #motherhood #orissa #odisha #jacobswell #health #lpindia #unicef

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Focus: Nepal and the relief effort

The recent earthquakes in Nepal have been devastating to a country already plagued with problems such as fuel, water and electricity shortages, political instability and uncertainty, and unemployment or rather lack of employment opportunities for its youth.

Pic: AP.

Pic: AP.

I’ve written a number of articles about the ongoing relief effort and needs in Nepal, which are, as with many disasters, not always what one envisages. One article highlighting more practical ways to help was for Asian Correspondent:

But the reality is that numerous problems existed in Nepal before these tragedies, and they will linger long after the international aid effort ceases. And all these issues such as health, education, town planning, traffic management, political stability and fuel supplies will contribute in some way, big or small, to tackling other disasters like this in the future.

It’s a common knee jerk reaction to send $50 or to rush in and assist in a disaster and there’s nothing wrong with that. Aid is required in all forms at this time and much is needed. However the need for sustainable development and rebuilding will be vital in Nepal in the months and years ahead.

Sadly these twin earthquakes have perhaps highlighted those needs in a way nothing else could. For instance there has long been a need for better infrastructure planning, tighter building construction codes and other industry issues affecting architecture in Nepal.

Continue reading at Asian Correspondent.

I have had contact through my Cameras for Asia program with a number of community groups in Nepal. Fortunately all the children and staff at these centres are safe, although they have sustained damage to their buildings. However it’s been encouraging to see them seeking to help others even though they are challenged with resources and funds themselves all the time, earthquake or not.

As I received a few requests for details on where would be a good place to send funds, I recommend either CWC (www.cwcnepal.org) or ITEEN (www.iteen.org.np) who I know personally and are genuinely involved in the local relief effort beyond their regular work. See their pages for bank details. ITEEN (also involved in lobbying for human rights and freedoms in Nepal) is planning to rebuild homes and also has a Go Fund Me Link (www.gofundme.com/u7m973u). Alternatively in the article above were links to more big budget organisations involved in Nepal.

Do note I am currently travelling and posting photos primarily to Facebook. Please see these links: Visited Planet photojournalism and Cameras for Asia.

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Behind the scenes of Cameras for Asia: Myanmar 2014

The first part of my recent overseas journey holding the Cameras for Asia workshops (see the Facebook page here for recent updates) took me back to Myanmar for my fourth visit to the Andrew’s Youth Development Centre (AYDC) on the outskirts of Yangon, the nation’s former capital and largest city.

I’ve been coming here since 2009 and it’s great to see the kids growing up. AYDC has 102 children that are housed, fed, clothed and educated in two large dormitories in the quiet neighbourhood of Minyingone. It’s very much a family for these kids, some of whom were abandoned, orphaned or their families simply can’t look after them. There’s little institutionalisation here which is great, the kids really are cared for and there are committed staff who have been here for years, and even some of the children grow up to help out at the centre. It’s great for me seeing familiar faces year after year as I feel part of the AYDC family as well.

AYDC group photo March 2014

The AYDC “family” taken in March 2014.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela with 10 quotes and pictures

This week I have been reflecting on the life of Nelson Mandela in preparation for an article heralding his legacy for Gale. I came across these quotes that are worth reflecting on, even if you’ve read them before. RIP Nelson Mandela.

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