Although this blog is primarily for my UK wedding and portrait work I thought I’d share a few images from my recent Africa assignment. If you’d like to see more about my humanitarian photography work you can head over to visioningimages.com. As many of you know I concentrate on my overseas work during the winter months which means that blog posts here at Wayne Rowe Photography are few and far between during this time but here’s a few highlights from my Outreach International assignment to Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi has a rich culture, often called the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, this was definitely what I experienced from day 1 in the country. In all of the villages we went to we were greeted with singing and dancing, even whilst walking through the fields surrounding the communities women would break out into song.
Here’s a recording I took of some of their singing, click on the play button and continue to look at the rest of the photos as you listen.[audio:http://waynerowephotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Malawi-Singing.mp3|titles=Malawi Singing]
It was amazing to hear the songs and see the traditional dress from both men and women.
Whenever I visit communities that are suffering from poverty it’s always a bitter-sweet experience particularly when meeting children. It’s heart-wrenching to see the hardships that these young ones have to endure.
But endure they do.
And always, there are still smiles and laughter everywhere.
I met some wonderful people, Marijah pictured above, runs a small health clinic for her community, people now have access to basic medical supplies through her voluntary work.
Gender equality is still a problem in Malawi yet the village of Kachindahara are turning those traditions on its head. The community chief (left photo) insisted on showing me how he was able to cook nsima, the staple food for Malawians. In the past, this certainly wasn’t something the chief would do but he proved that they are committed to equality. Couples now work side by side on the farmland and women are involved in all aspects of family decision making.
On my final day in Malawi I couldn’t resist a game of football with some of the lads, but they were good….very good! Needless to say, they ran circles around me; of course I blamed the searing heat and uneven playing surface!
Then on to Zambia. Although I only had a few days in the country I still got to meet some amazing people.
Chaka was a boy I met in Malembeka, you can learn more about him and his story over on my Visioning Images blog here. In short, Chaka was unable to go to school but since Outreach International have helped to set up the school for vulnerable and orphan children, he now has access to an education and a much brighter future.
The school is run by volunteer teachers and the parents of the children pool together the funds to pay for the room rental from the local church.
Here’s Chaka showing mum his school work.
I also met Chabota who made a living from making african broom heads, selling them in the local community.
In Luana, I had the privilege of spending time with Taonga who was so proud of how his life, and that of his family, has been transformed over the last few years. Only three years ago, he was struggling to have enough food to feed the family each day but now has a house with furnishings and eats three meals a day.
This has all been achieved through learning simple farming techniques and being able to produce food on land which everyone else said was unfarmable. All his produce is organic and the local community prefer the food he grows to that which is produced using chemical fertilisers.
And again, laughing children everywhere!
All photos by Wayne Rowe / Visioning Images
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