Smiles from Tanzania

Last week I traveled to Tanzania helping to lead a group of International School students from Hong Kong on a Service & Cultural Learning experience. We spent time in a school in Njoro Village outside of Arusha, these are some of the beautiful smiling faces we encountered there…

Happiness

Triple Happiness

Hidden smile

Hidden smile

Beauty

Beautiful hidden smile

Pure sweetness

Pure sweetness

Shy but curious

Shy but curious

Friends make you smile

Friends make you smile

Hey!

Hey!

Can we come in?

Can we come in?

More images coming on my Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/TashMcCarrollPhotoPhilanthropy 

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#SHEINSPIRES

At the end of 2012 India and the world was rocked with the news of the horrific gang rape and murder of a beautiful young woman whose future was beyond bright. In order to continue the outcry by the public for more safety for women. UN Women India set about on a huge campaign to increase awareness and have people join together, united, to fight violence against women.

I had never entered a photo competition before but this was a cause I felt strongly and passionate about. I spent three days in Dharavi, Mumbai talking with people about their views & hearing stories. There were a lot of discussions that went on in the community which was more important than the photos for sure.

I entered one in the competition and it was one of the top 3 chosen to further advocate for Women’s Freedom from violence !

Teach your son's to respect women - just one way to try & change the culture of violence against women.

Teach your son’s to respect women – just one way to try & change the culture of violence against women.

Since the campaign started the image has been widely shared and used widely for exhibitions, conferences, social media, publications and other mediums to inspire change.

I just received a parcel from UN Women with their 2014 greeting card & calendar (pictured below)! I feel privileged and proud to be playing a part in advocating for change!

UN Women

Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for internationalwomensday.com which is tomorrow March 8th.

The day is set as a reminder to encourage advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

What women do you know that have INSPIRED change?

Celebrate them #SHEINSPIRES

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

FAMILY focus for March!

For those who don’t know I made a Calendar for 2014. The Calendar was raising funds for a rebuild in the Philippines… each month I provide a little it of information about the image for that month on the Calendar… Don’t want to read my babble? That’s cool skip straight to the video… here  or scroll down on this page to the image.

FAMILY… you can’t choose them!  Or can you?

My blood family live in New Zealand – I love them dearly, I miss them daily and when I am home it feels like home. We have fun, we laugh, we fight but we love each other. However, I have lived and spent time in a lot of places and connected not just on a surface level with many people. I travel in a different way to many which I feel allows me to understand a country and its people on a different level. I have been welcomed into so many homes and shared so many memorable moments, days, weeks, months with people from so many different backgrounds and cultures. Yet they have still become become family whose homes I could easily walk back into and be welcomed with open arms… why is this?I truly believe family is about connection.This Calendar was created for a cause… to raise money to help rebuild families homes in the Philippines.  so they could restore their lives and get on with living. Sometimes people just need a small hand up to get back up and going. Little did I know that when I went to the Philippines I would find a family in another country who I would feel completely at home with and deeply connected to. I miss them dearly. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed and embraced by Marie Ann Corsino her mother and extended family and leaving was hard.

Family isn’t always blood – who you choose to connect with and who you choose love.

BEHIND THIS MONTHS IMAGE…. this video shows you what was going on… and  really speaks for itself.I was up in the North of Rwanda shooting a video to tell the No41 story (you should check them out!). Alison and I had taken mottos to shoot some footage of the countryside to potentially use in the video to show ‘Africa’ is not the image of starvation, poverty and mud huts that people envision. I was trying to unsuccessfully shoot footage from the back of the moto around Lake Kivu when Alison suggested we go check out the hot springs. The video & image below are who we came across there!
I spent a lot of time with the No41 ‘family’ in Rwanda and they certainly became one of my families. The family spreads from Rwanda to the USA and even further. They are amazing… they make cool bags, the girls are super fun, cheeky, opinionated and feisty but in a good way, and to top it all off they give back to their community through a school feeding program! Seriously check them out – #shopwithpurpose and give back this MARCH!
FAMILY

FAMILY