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Featured on UNICEF Australia

UNICEF Australia recently featured one of my photos in a story about different classrooms around the world. It's a great collection that shows the variety of places children learn in. I love their dedication and sparks in their eyes!

http://www.unicef.org.au/blog/july-2016/where-children-learn-photos-classrooms-around-world

My picture is from western Uganda. I spent a day with one of the pupils. When we came to the school I was taken aback by the number of kids. I think there were almost 150 kids in that classroom. But they were all eager to learn and the teacher did his best to engage them.

#Uganda #classroom #school #learning #pupils #elementaryschool

Preview of Story on Traditional Carnival Figures for National Geographic Slovenia

In February I worked on a story about Slovene traditional carnival figures, called kurenti or koranti for the Slovene edition of National Geographic. Koranti are figures dating back centuries, appearing usually in February or March. They might look scary, but their role has always been to chase away the winter and announce new life coming in spring. I visited several events. There was big celebration with hundreds of koranti in Ptuj, and there were small groups of six koranti going from house to house, bringing joy and good new year. The smaller events were more intimate and fun and every house offered us food and drinks - wine and harder stuff...... :)

Here are some outtakes (the story will be published next year):

The celebrations kicked off at midnight on February 2nd with an event called 'Korant's jump'. Hundreds of koranti came to run and jump around a huge bonfire. They were not wearing the head mask yet.

The celebrations kicked off at midnight on February 2nd with an event called 'Korant's jump'. Hundreds of koranti came to run and jump around a huge bonfire. They were not wearing the head mask yet.

Few days later Fasenk, a traditional celebration in Zabovci, was held. The mood was festive from the get-go.

Few days later Fasenk, a traditional celebration in Zabovci, was held. The mood was festive from the get-go.

Korant during Fasenk in Zabovci. Koranti jump and twist, and cow-bells ring. It's a loud celebration!

Korant during Fasenk in Zabovci. Koranti jump and twist, and cow-bells ring. It's a loud celebration!

#kurenti #koranti #carnival #Slovenia #Zabovci #Markovci #Ptuj

Living with Polio in Nigeria on Edge of Humanity Magazine

Nigeria recently marked two years without a new case of wild poliovirus. That's an immense achievement for a country that as recently as in 2008 reported the most new polio cases in the world. By coincidence, Edge of Humanity Magazine just now published my work on living with polio in northern Nigeria. I'm glad to have met and worked with some of the resilient victims of this disease, and to have contributed to the awareness of the fight against polio. The number of new cases of polio has plummeted worldwide and it looks the war on polio might be finally coming to an end. WHO predicts polio might be wiped out by the end of 2016. It would be only the second time that humanity eradicated a once widespread disease (first was smallpox). Hopefully the day without polio comes soon!

#polio #Nigeria #tricycle #poliovictim

#polio #Nigeria #tricycle #poliovictim

eRwanda Selected for The Other Hundred Educators

I'm thrilled that my project on e-learning, eRwanda, was selected for The Other Hundred Educators. The Other Hundred is about showing people and organisations that are most often overlooked by the mainstream media. Later this year they'll publish the 100 selected projects from around the world in a book. Stay tuned!

(below is an image from eRwanda - about ICT buses that roam around Rwanda bringing internet access and computer skills to areas that lack electricity)

#Rwanda #elearning #ictbus #computers

NYC Pride March

On Sunday I joined the staff and few residents of The New Jewish Home who participated in 2016 NYC Pride March. I had worked with staff and residents on my Elderly Care project and was happy to see Barry, one of the elderly in my project, was joining The March. It was the first year The New Jewish Home participated in The March and people along the route loved 90+ old men in wheelchairs going down the 5th Avenue in blazing sun waiving rainbow flags!

Things got naughty before the start of The March!

Things got naughty before the start of The March!

Barry on 5th Avenue.

Barry on 5th Avenue.

Pride fun!

Pride fun!

All along the route spectators loved residents of The New Jewish Home.

All along the route spectators loved residents of The New Jewish Home.

And then, all of a sudden, police detained a young man who jumped the fence on 5th... The March soon proceeded on.

And then, all of a sudden, police detained a young man who jumped the fence on 5th... The March soon proceeded on.

#nyc #pride #pride2016 #nypride

Elderly Care Project Fellowship, Final Update

My Fellowship with Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation has come to an end. In the last few months I visited three locations (in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York City) a number of times. It was great to follow the lives of these elderly and spend time with them. We shared stories, talked about families, commented on news; and when possible, I took a picture, or two..

Doris in her room at nursing home in Manhattan.

Doris in her room at nursing home in Manhattan.

Walter measures his blood sugar at his home.

Walter measures his blood sugar at his home.

Katy exercises in her bedroom.

Katy exercises in her bedroom.

#elderlycare #elders #nursinghome