14 11 2010

I just finished reading Jackie P’s blog on Haiti. She had about four new posts discussing the recent cholera outbreak. To me it seemed like there were three main problems: 1. It is quickly spreading due to Haiti’s lack of sanitation. The earthquake in January left many people homeless and living on the street where the Vibrio Cholerae bacteria is abundant and thriving. 2. Haiti doesn’t have the medical advantages that countries like the USA have. If discovered quickly, cholera can be quickly cured in America but in Haiti they don’t have the tools and medicine that make cholera such an easily cured disease as it is in America. 3. They don’t have enough clean water. One of the major and most dangerous symptom of cholera is its cause of dehydration. Sometimes, if a person stays properly hydrated, the cholera will just pass and the person won’t need any medicine. The Haitian people have neither clean water nor medicine.
When I searched for a photo essay on the photophilanthropy website I was pleasantly surprised to find nine different non-profit organizations were helping different aspects of Haiti represented by photographs taken by photojournalists in affiliation with photophilanthropy.
Tony Gilmore was photographing for Pure Water for the World, a non-profit that “works with school administrators in Cité Soleil to provide bio-sand water filters to supply clean water for the children.”

Zoriah Miller photographed in Haiti for the non-profit The International Medical Corps (IMC), “a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care.” His photo essay really presents some breathtaking photos. The link to his photo essay is
I strongly encourage looking at the photos he took.

Fran Meckler photographed for Hope to Haiti, a nonprofit that pledged to rebuild what the earthquake had destroyed in Haiti.

There are many more nonprofits represented by photophilanthropic photographers that are helping the situation in Haiti. Photojournalist are making a difference with their cameras; indirectly saving people, one shot at a time.

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15 11 2010
Mister Fischer

Yes! This is photophilanthropy at its best! Photos get the word out quickly and to a huge audience. They are incredibly powerful, and, without the images, I’m not sure that people would still pay attention to Haiti. Let Jackie know about the site you found.

16 11 2010
jacquelinemerrill

This is where art meets activism. A powerful pairing.

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