I should be in Ethiopia right now but my flight got cancelled due to snow closing down Heathrow airport. It has been a somewhat frustrating few days, as the airline offices are closed, as are their phone lines, which makes it difficult to re-book a new flight! I have been travelling to the airport every day with my luggage in the attempt to get onto a stand-by list if a flight is going. So far, planes are still grounded, which is causing chaos. Fingers crossed I will be able to get a flight soon…
I have been invited to work in Ethiopia with a non-profit organization from Australia called Barefoot Initiative. Tickets are booked for December and I am looking forward to the trip! Barefoot initiative is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) that is a group of three young Australians who have been working in the Afar region (hottest inhabited region on Earth) of Ethiopia since 2004. We will stay in a remote community, living in a mud hut for a month, with no electricity or phone reception. This means I will be out of contact with no access to a computer or telephone from December 18th to January 18th. For more info on the project, check out their website: www.barefootinitiative.org
I recently worked with Anna for six days in Guatemala to document some of our work in the area near Chimaltenango and in the western highlands (San Marcos area). Anna was really easy to work with, she took a creative approach to documenting some challenging stories and her final results are simply excellent.
Oxfam America, June 10, 2011.