At the time I said NO photos!

Looking back now I am glad people didn’t listen and did record the event as trying to explain this to anyone would not have the impact of the photos and the video below.

Yes thats me on the bed being carried like the Queen of Sheba minus the fanning and a little less enjoyable due to the pain I was in.

What was I doing you ask?

The story isn’t that exciting. I was on a school trip and this happened on the second day visit to a school where our students were working on the foundations of a classroom and doing activities with the kids at the local school. You can see more images of those images here

I slipped in the mud on a bank while I was reaching for some of the kids phones I was going to get out of the rain. The rest is history as they say… snapped ligaments and a couple of fractures later, a short surgery, a couple of pins and a cast and boot for 3 months!

At the time this was the most embarrassing moment of my life being the center of attention and having to be carried out of the village on someones bed from their home which they connected some wood to the ends in order to carry me.  However, after the diagnosis I didn’t feel as embarrassed about the experience. It seems to have provided my friends with a lot of entertainment so thought I would share it publicly…

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This is the reality for many people living in rural areas where there is no access  to the road. I have seen many people being carried in Rwanda and other countries where medical resources are limited. Was certainly appreciative of the kindness of strangers helping the ferengi out of the village! Wait till I return!

 

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Looking for PERSPECTIVE in April

PERSPECTIVE… the way you choose to view the world!

CHOOSE being the key word in this definition… it’s a CHOICE.

You can go out and see beauty and opportunity in some part of everything or you can choose another perspective. I guess this is one of the reasons I love photography as it helps me look for the good and beauty in everything I pass – it helps me truly ‘see’.

Photography has made me approach people with not only more open eyes but a heart that is more open to seeing things from another angle or perspective and to inspire others to see the same, make the shift or at least try!

Perspective

Perspective

The image from April on the Calendar is of a beautiful young Muslim girl from Malad East Slum in Mumbai India. An incredibly poor slum area but you wouldn’t know this from viewing the image I don’t want to highlight the fact that she is from an incredibly poor slum area but the fact that from this image and looking at her you wouldn’t know any of this.

The picture was taken on an old bus (see attached shots) on the edge of the slum area that has been converted into a classroom in order to enable these children to attend school. Around 40-50 children from the area are able to attend a school on the bus which for many may be the only education opportunity they have in their lives.  Supported by a local NGO Called ‘Un Toit A Bombay‘ translates to a ‘A roof in Bombay’ and this is what they do, give opportunity and a roof (in another building) for children to come and do their homework, wash, eat and play together in a safe environment.

When I stepped onto the bus for the visit it was buzzing with excitement, wide eyes and smiling faces. Children genuinely happy to be in a school of any sort, no complaints just getting on with it.

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School on a Bus

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Friends & classmates

One of the girls at school

One of the girls at school