Meeting the children of Wolisso

Last week I traveled with High School students from my school in Addis out to Wolisso a town about 2 hours west of Addis Ababa. We spent some time at a small rural school that our school has been working with for the past few years helping to build more classrooms, provide resources and connect with the children.

We were greeted by smiling faces, a lot of energy and children full of life! Our students started building relationships with the Wolisso students who they will spend more time with over the coming year. Here are a few of the beautiful faces & connections being built…

Curious

Mr Curious

This wee guy was popular

This wee guy was popular

Friends

Friends

Cheeky

Cheeky

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Huge smiles doing art

Huge smiles doing art

Meet my goat

Meet my goat

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Making soccer friends

Strength comes in many forms

Strength comes in many forms

Outside the school - skipping fun

Outside the school – skipping fun

Beauty

Beauty

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Education matters… for everyone

Mumbai Mobile Creches is an NGO working with the children of migrant construction workers since 1972, providing them comprehensive daycare and education centres directly on construction sites that provide education, nutrition, and health services. Their primary aim is to provide children with the nurturing care that they deserve so that they can enjoy the benefits of a happy, healthy, and safe childhood. As they say “It is deeply ironic that the children of the very people who produce the symbols of economic development – skyscrapers, residential and commercial complexes – are denied the ability to participate in and benefit from the progress the city promises”.

When I was living in India I spent a lot of time volunteering for MMC  I got to know about them through a friend. I love what they stand for ‘every child has the right to an education no matter their circumstance’. Setting up crèches/ schools on worksites around Mumbai and giving the opportunity for children of the workers on the construction site to be ale to receive the education they deserve in a safe environment.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandala

I visited over a dozen sites in my time and met some incredibly bright beautiful children along with many passionate and dedicated teachers. Enjoy a small snap shot of them below…

Mumbai Mobile Creches

Mumbai Mobile Creches

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Taking a Smoke Break

I’m not a smoker but I love to capture people taking a break from life and in a state of smoking ‘trance’. I know physically smoking isn’t good for you but there is a certain look people get in their eyes, a deep enjoyment and almost a sense of calm that seems to come over them… I am sure many a smoker would argue for the mental health benefits of that break. Here are a few images I have captured of men in a few countries in that moment…

Taking a break in the Mongolian countryside

Taking a break in the Mongolian countryside

Deep in thought, India

Enjoyment, India

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Bidi break, India

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Cowboy Mongolia

Cowboy, Mongolia

Chilling in China

Chilling in China