Turning Tables is an international NGO committed to establishing, and maintaining permanent musical production facilities for DJ’ing, rap, and beat making for marginalized youth in the Developing World. “The aim is to start a process of reflection and self-empowerment by giving youth a space where they can express their travesties, hopes, and dreams in a non-violent manner,” says Turning Tables Founder and Director Martin F. Jakobson.
In 2009, Martin was living in Beirut, and began working in several Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon. Since then, Turning Tables has expanded its work across the Middle East to Tunisia, Jordan, Libya and Cairo, alongside establishing a presence in Haiti and Cambodia.
What will your feet wear today? … sneakers, wedges, sandals, heels, or flip-flops? A daily decision we so often take for granted. Shoes are a luxury we don’t give much thought to. For many children shoes are not an option and all across the globe children and their families unwillingly go barefoot every day.
The thought of going barefoot on our way to work, or to the grocery store, immediately sparks a few questions in our mind. What will my boss think? My coworkers? The grocery clerk? My friends? This is exactly TOMS’ intention. TOMS’ goal in starting the ‘One Day without Shoes’ campaign was to get people talking. They believe that it’s easy to get people talking, but harder to get them talking about something that matters. Their goal was to have people from all over the world go barefoot.
People from all over the world pledged to go shoeless with TOMS on Tuesday, April 16th. Last year over 3,000 events were held in over 50 countries. The campaign was trending on social networks. Within all 50 states and Canada, over 500 college campuses participated in the campaign. The One Day without Shoes organized events that take place all over the world have rapidly grown over the last several years.
Their goal was for conversation over the bare feet to explode and create positive change. Their goal in getting people to go bare foot all over the globe is to spark curiosity, conversation, action, and change in all those who come in contact with your bare feet.
100cameras is an NGO that empowers marginalized children around the world to document their lives through photography, and thereby create positive change in their communities. 100% of the photography sales go back to the children’s communities. Here’s how it works: 100cameras gives a camera to Jackson in South Sudan. Jackson snaps a photo. Then you buy his photo on the 100cameras website. 100% goes back to Jackson and Jackson is empowered.
In 2008, 100cameras launched it’s first project at St. Bartholomew’s Orphanage in Kajo Keji, South Sudan that serves as a home to 80 children who lost their families during the brutal 21-year civil war. The orphanage was founded by IWASSRU (International Widows Association for Southern Sudanese Refugees in Uganda), a group of Sudanese war widows that banded together to care for refugee orphans. 100cameras funds lifeline supplies, such as protection and access to food, water and medicine. More
BEYOND THE SANGAM, BROADER PERSPECTIVES ON THE 2013 MAHA KUMBH MELA
The Maha Kumbh Mela at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, India happens once every 12 years with 2013 being considered the most auspicious gathering for 144 years. Allahabad, situated at the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers is complimented by the mythical Saraswati river to form one of the most sacred places in Hindu belief and philosophy. A dip at the intersection of rivers known as the Triveni Sangam is considered to purge sins and assist one on the path to Moksha (liberation).
The front lines of the Syrian Civil War trace through alleys and ancient streets in the Old City of Aleppo. Defending these lines are young men, most less than two decades old, carrying AK-47s and homemade grenades. They have no military training and will not wear body armor for fear of delaying the time of death anointed for them by Allah. They are kids and recent college graduates who picked up guns for their country and, most of all, for revenge. All have lost friends and family to Assad.
These young men are warmhearted and hospitable, but daily burdened and degraded by the fighting. Every fighter I met had a different story that brought him to Aleppo; this project attempts to tell those stories. — Cengiz Yar
Based out of Chicago, Cengiz is a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist whose work has been featured in publications around the world. His photography focuses on human conflicts, both violent and peaceful, and aims to encourage understanding by fostering interest and making the alien familiar.
How much food does your household go through in a week? What are your go-to family meals? And how much do you spend on food? You can get a glimpse of how others answered these questions in Oxfam’s new photo series, which depicts people from around the globe with one week’s food supply for their families. More
When Elizabeth Tulsky participated in NYU’s study abroad program in Ghana, she also independently volunteered with City of Refuge, a local organization that uses education as a tool to combat child slavery. She said of her experience that it had “a tremendous impact on my life and what I want to do in the future.”
In Ghana, children are often enslaved, maltreated and many mothers struggle to see their children as more than a financial burden. While there are no statistics on the actual number of children trafficked, estimates are in the thousands. What is known is that 25% of Ghanaian children ages 5-14 years are involved in child labor. Child labor and human trafficking are both against the law in Ghana, however, laws are not enforced.
On October 26 we premiered the Streets of Afghanistan exhibition in the village of Istalif, a remote village in the Shomali Plain north of Kabul. Four years ago, I envisioned a collaborative photography exhibition between Afghan photographers and Western photographers that had deep affection for this country. Instead of a gallery show, I imagined surrounding the viewer in the image to bring the art off the wall, and into the viewers world. I wanted to see people’s reaction as they interacted with lifesize images and hoped that it would change American perspectives of Afghanistan—that if we saw it as a country with a beautiful spirit and culture that we would be more invested in it from a humanitarian perspective. More
One can never discount the importance that travel can have on shifting one's life direction. Taylor Conroy is a case in point. After an impactful experience in Kenya and Uganda, he changed his career path in a big way. Taylor has worked in real estate, as a firefighter and in a variety of other commercial pursuits, and after his trip he focused on creating Pocket Change Heroes, the newly launched website building schools around the world, using the power of social media.
I've been making street art since 2009 and have traveled to 13 countries to focus on children who are homeless and living on the street. I make cardboard cutouts that I mount to walls with high tack mounting tape or propped up as stand alone pieces. If no one removes them from the streets, the pieces will decay and be destroyed by the harsh environment. If someone does take it, then they can keep it in their home. If it survives, there is hope for them to continue on as pieces of art, just like there is hope for the actual homeless and street kids.
During my last trip to Asia I stayed in an orphanage in northern Thailand and got to know the kids there. I spent two months with them, listening to their stories, and then I represented these young people in this body of my recent work.
The most memorable stories were of two children named Chai and Lee, who were so malnourished that their little stomachs were swollen when they first came to the orphanage. To get food they would steal the offerings to Buddha in their tribal villages. With this money they would buy snacks, since the only thing they had to eat was white rice, which has hardly any nutritional value.
The piece with the arrows (below) is about how Chai had a lot of things in life thrown at him, trying to destroy him, but instead, he focused on the beauty in life. The main thing I learned from this trip is that children find beauty and can reveal it to the rest of us.
MICHAEL AARON WILLIAMS : My art is a narrative, visual poetry, making a
social statement to move the viewer to action or realization. An
important part of my work focuses on the street, the place where
people live their daily lives. This allows me to interact with an
audience on their own turf and observe how they react to the art; it
is a social experiment. These open-air installations focus on the
ephemeral state of street people and enable the viewer to participate
in the outcome of the pieces, whether the viewer leaves or saves them
from the street. My goal in depicting street people is to show their
beauty, fragility, and to bring their situation into the eyes of the
viewer, refusing to let them be forgotten or ignored.
It was 130 degrees when I was first introduced to the brick kilns of Nepal. In these severe temperatures, men, women, and children -- whole families, in fact -- were surrounded by a dense cloud of dust while mechanically stacking bricks on their heads, carrying them, 18 at a time, from the scorching kilns to trucks hundreds of yards away.
These are slaves. Deadened by monotony and exhaustion, they worked without speaking, repeating the same task 16 hours a day. They took no rest for food or water, no bathroom breaks -- although their dehydration suppressed their need to urinate.
In the Northern Amhara region of Ethiopia, two girls, ages 11 and 8, prepare for their
marriage celebration. These pre-adolescent brides are about to be sold to men many years
their senior. While in global decline, child marriage is still apparent in Ethiopia, with
families selling their daughters into marriage as young as age five. The legal marriage age of 18 is widely ignored and 48% of rural women are married before the age of 15. In 2006, photographer Guy Calaf moved to Ethiopia. During his travels he photographed the young brides and their families. More
(All names have been fictionalized to protect the identities of the subjects.)
One mist-covered morning a lone woman pushes a cart through an empty alleyway. The nearby hustle and bustle of the Sunday market in Bac Ha can be heard from the crowds of villagers purchasing fare like cabbage, chillis and fresh eggs from the market stalls. Colorful hand-crafted goods from the Hmong people who reside in the area can be found laid out in brilliant patterns across the dirt as groups of passersby gather around tables to enjoy a market meal. Street photographer Mark Carey traveled to Hanoi and the Sapa Region of Vietnam in October 2011 where he visited Bac Ha and the Sunday market to document the intricacies of life in the area.
At 8:30 am the streets are crowded after the Islamic call to prayer. The echo
of gunfire in the distance is a normal, and seemingly daily occurrence, in present day
Mogadishu. Pick up trucks armed with groups of men carrying machine guns firing
rounds to hurry along busy traffic is common, and it carries on throughout the day and
into the bat-studded night sky. Mogadishu has been called the most dangerous city on
earth and the country has been wrought with civil war between Islamist extremists and a
failing government since 1991. Since then there has been no central government control
over the country’s territory and the region has been stricken with devastating violence
and famine. There are an estimated 3.7 million Somali’s living without enough food and
the rate of malnutrition is approximately 50%, the highest in the world. It’s difficult
for aid agencies to gain access into Somalia because many have been blocked by al-Shabab—the Somali cell of al-Qaeda—leaving nearly a quarter million people trapped
without access to food. Photographer Anthony Karen ventured to Somalia’s capital in
January 2012 to document the daily life of the people who call the war-torn country home
and to visit the the Dadaab refugee camp on the Kenyan-Somali border.