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Wonderful shots, good to get kids participating in art.
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I wanted a painting so different from what I’ve usually done and I wanted the country feel of the farm. So I came up with a girl working on “The Old Truck” and her little brother wanting to play ball. So this is what I came up with.
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Original Artwork by Marla Hoover “No Play Time Right Now”
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With such fine weather and on such beautiful beach, I could not ask for more.
I think it is also true to the local children. They never ask more than they need. They just laugh, play and enjoy.
Wonderful shots, children are the best!
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Back home in Tel-Aviv I enjoy a high – standard life style.. I live in a nice house, I have my food when i want to and my bed to sleep on… I own my car and a I have my job. Everything seems to be really amazing for me. But did i really understand how life is precious the way they really are ? I guess not.. I had it all going for me, and I never really stooped once to think about what life really meant for me.
That’s until I got to India.
So the first day was pretty shocking to say the least. We landed in Delhi and took a Riksha to where we were spending the night. When we arrived around midnight it was simply like getting into a different world. People were sleeping in the streets, children all alone sleeping in food carts, dirt, mess, dogs all around. It was like a bad dream. But i didn’t let it get to me and when we woke up in the morning after sleeping in one of the hostels we found it was completely different. All the streets were full with people running, working, buying food. Children were standing on roof tops flying kites (If any of you ever seen “slumdog millionaire – that’s it !) I knew I was about to begin my journey in a very special place.
IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIP THAT CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE.
After a month spent in India, visiting multiple villages, meeting many people and eating Indian food every day (which ever since became my favorite) I can say with out a doubt that this was one of the best experiences ill ever have (until I go back again)
The colors, the people, the smells, the food, the views and the feeling of an endless happiness. As if time never goes by.
Lovely shot, so nice that India was such a game changer for you!
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It wasn’t part of the plan to take this photo especially not with my foot in it. However, there was something about this photo which I took after a long walk around the island.
This was taken in an island I have visited for the first time where there was no electricity and had a community where kids don’t have proper nutrition nor hygiene. The main livelihood of each family living here was fishing.
In one day of staying in this island where I found serenity within myself away from the bustling city, I have also seen how these people live. They had to go to the mainland to buy water for cooking and drinking. They don’t have a health center within the island which for me is the least thing our local government could do to make sure their health are in good condition. But no, they don’t have one. The kids walk around with no slippers, not even proper clothes.
Most of the kids I saw had distended abdomen and may have been infected with intestinal worms.
One of the reasons we were there was to check on the community for a feeding program that we were planning to do with a group of friends. However, I believe they need much more help with their health and proper hygiene.
And I really hope our group can help them even in our own little ways. Soon.
Good shots, we sure hate to see children going without basics, thanks for your great work!
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…is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall.
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Last breakfast at Wilmonar Avenue… furniture shipped out, only children’s tables and chairs – and serious conversation – left behind at this point…
Great shot, guess they are going over the next set of logistics
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“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody.
All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody -
no matter how dull and boring you are on the outside.
Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent,
wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds..
Not just one world.
Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe. “
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Nice shot, really makes us wonder what she is looking at!
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In the Hindu and Buddhist religions, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment and wisdom and is commonly seen in Indian and East Asian countries represented by a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or “enlightened beings”.
My most recent big trip was to Nepal and India in November of 2010. It was a trip of a lifetime that significantly changed my life.
After a long 15 hour non-stop flight from Chicago, we finally reached our hotel in Dehli and were welcomed with a traditional marigold necklace and the “third eye” dotted on forehead to remind us that we needed to see India with an open mind (indeed!). This idea stuck with me throughout the trip and was probably the best advice I could have ever received. It was so powerful that I decided that it would be the name for my blog as it incorporated all my ideas about how I wanted to travel and how I wanted to communicate my travel experiences with others. For travel is definitely an enormous learning adventure and when visiting other cultures, especially ones that are so incredibly different than your own, you have to keep a third eye. Otherwise you would lock yourself up in your house and never leave again! (Ha ha… just a joke). I believe that you would miss out on seeing what travel is really about: seeing and learning how other people around the world live, thinking about what you’ve learned, formatting opinions on it, and most importantly, sharing this knowledge with others. If you don’t have a third eye, what could you possibly see?
I am an active writer and editor of Human Rights and Social Good at World Moms Blog. My work has also been published on Huffington Post – Global Motherhood, Elephant Journal , Broken Light Photography and Open Salon. Besides thirdeyemom, I also have a travel photography blog called thethirdeyeworld.
Nice pictures, and keep up the good work, thanks!
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From early in the morning until late at night, the streets of Senegal are buzzing with life. At daybreak merchants set up their stands along all major roads, businesses open their doors, people rush to work and kids (the lucky ones) go to school. Not all children have the privilege of going to school. In fact, the image that struck me the most and still haunts me is the hundreds of impoverished young boys I saw scavenging the streets every day. They are apparently being forced into begging (see my next post).
Also disturbing was the poverty everywhere and the amount of garbage lying around.
Driving in Senegal requires constant alertness. There are few traffic lights so you have cars and horse- or donkey-drawn carts trying to join the traffic from all sides (even going in the opposite direction). Despite all the chaos, there are not many collisions.
I could not believe how many people could fit on one bus or truck. People ride on roofs or hold on to open back doors with barely enough room on the bumper. I often saw buses not stopping at a bus stop but rather slowing down for some people to jump off and others to jump on. At the same time, merchants selling water or food would run alongside the bus trying to make a sale. Unbelievable!
The local people are very resourceful and creative. For example, to set up an auto shop, a local mechanic needs a strong tree with a chain hanging from it (to lift a car) and a few tools. Due to the lack of resources they often have to improvise and build their tools and other equipment from whatever is at hand.
I was fascinated by the markets and especially by the fishing market in the port of Mbour. All the markets were bustling with people. There was so much going on in those places that I often did not know where to point my camera.
The markets made for challenging places to photograph due to all the commotion and overwhelming detail (I personally don’t like pictures that look too busy). The natural reaction to an extremely busy place is eagerness to “get it all” which often leads to a busy and confusing image. I found that focusing on individual pieces is a much better approach. This leads to the art of composition. Composing in places like that usually requires concentration and the time-consuming process of elimination. In this fast-moving environment I had to shorten this process to a minimum.
Even when shooting in such a busy foreign place, I didn’t experience any problems with my Fuji X-E1 and the zoom was a huge bonus. Due to the nature of the place I didn’t have enough time to adjust my exposure, therefore I shot RAW exclusively at the markets.
Amazing shots. If only there was the motivation to end this poverty in the world, we would all benefit too!
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Teaching Need In Cameroon
We have loved entering into the social media world! It gives us so many opportunities to communicate and give updates on the great things God is doing through MCWA. While on Facebook a few days ago, Karlyn McMorris happened to be on as well. Karlyn is one of our teachers living in Meskine, Cameroon teaching the missionary children. As we began chatting, she mentioned the need for another teacher to come to Meskine when her commitment is over. We were so fortunate to have a Q&A interview between her & one of our interns right away! We’ll let Karlyn tell you more about the amazing opportunity…
Ashley Baxter: What is your school called and where is it located?
Karlyn McMorris: The school here in Meskine is called Barefoot Academy because it is cultural to take off your shoes before entering a person’s home. The kids and I are literally barefoot all day at school! The school is on the compound connected to the MCWA hospital where several of the missionaries live.
AB: Okay. When would the new teacher need to start?
KM: One missionary family returns in October 2013, so ideally they would start school around that time. But, I’m sure they would love to have a teacher come earlier for one-on-one time with the 3-year-old. That would also be a great opportunity to get used to the culture and maybe have some time for language study, especially for someone interested in other areas of ministry while they’re here.
AB: Awesome! So, what is your favorite part about teaching in Cameroon?
KM: Just being able to be apart life here. There is such a feeling of community here; all of these people have become my family. The kids are not only my students but they are family as well! Its a really special dynamic among the whole team. It amazes me the way God has brought together a group of people that work together for His glory here and support/love one another. I really think its a great example of the way the Body of Christ is supposed to work!
Nice shot, and keep up the good work!
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