Volunteer work for La FEM: Fundacion Entre Mujeres, an NGO in Nicaragua.
I recently returned from almost two months in Nicaragua where I worked and volunteered for several organizations. Lending my photographic services to needy charitable organizations is something I have been doing for 20 years as I feel strongly in the power of the still image to effect public change. By donating my services for organizations marketing purposes I am able to give something more valuable than a monetary donation; new, dynamic, professional media materials to bolster their own existing or new promotional campaigns which in-turn is used to bring in more funding.
Sitting just below the incredible cloud forests of Northern Nicaragua lies the small rural town of Esteli, central to both the agricultural community and the leftist political movements which repelled the Contras during the long and devastating civil war of the 1970s-90’s. I spent two days photographing for Fundacion Entre Mujeres, an incredible feminist organization who assist rural women in a myriad of ways. These images are a highlight of the 350 I delivered in High and Low Resolution, processed and ready to rock and roll for their marketing pleasure.
“Dedicated to more than just growing and exporting coffee, La FEM (Foundation between Women) is a dynamic female-led cooperative committed to selling quality Fair Trade coffee while simultaneously supporting and promoting women`s rights. La FEM consists of four smaller cooperatives, each managed by its own Directiva (female director). Fiercely independent and determined to succeed in the coffee industry, the 132-member cooperative has made much progress since their founding in 1996, both in terms of coffee sales as well as the promotion of issues such as women`s education and health.”