I have just returned from an assignment in Kenya, with the Brooke, who are an inspirational UK organization whose focus is working animals, in particular horses and donkeys. I always enjoy working with the Brooke, due to the nature of their work combined with the amazing team who work with them around the world. Over the 10 day assignment with KENDAT (The Brooke's partner team in Kenya), we travelled to regions of Kenya in the south, from Mwea region, to Nairobi, Lari and Limuru Region and further afield. The photographic landscapes were diverse, as were the case studies with mostly donkeys. We documented educational programs that the Brooke have facilitated in schools with the motto of: “Heshimu Punda” (Kiswahili for Respect the Donkey). Children began to understand at a young age that their working animals at home required care and basic necessities, such as shelter, food and love. Most of the work I photographed with the Brooke was capturing the results of stories, where the Brooke and KENDAT have made a really positive impact on various communities, by way of education, local training and support to facilitate self sustaining programs. They are an amazing organization. If you like the photos here, check out their website to see more of the photos that I have taken while working with them.
Over the past month, I have spent some time in East Africa with an American organization called Winds of Africa, in Tanzania. This non-profit organization has a focus on education, and supports schools in small communities. I spent some time in the Maasai community that they support, and also in the Bomba'Ngombe Vocational Training centre. Many of the photographs that I took will be featured on the new Winds of Africa website that is being re-launched early next year. For more information about Winds of Africa (WoA) have a look at their website.