Sometimes it makes me crazy, it makes me lose sleep, or awake early in
the morning anxious. So many thought processes, about them and me,
about their world and mine. How can I help, what can I do. I have
already traveled to Ndola, Mapalo, Mackenzie, George and Mandia in
Zambia; to Madurai, Chettinad, Ramanathapuram, Nilakotai,
Nagapattinum, Sellur and more in Tamil-Nadu, and recently to Blue
Hills, Vertieres, Petite Riviere de l’artibonite, Shada, Cap-Hatian,
Cite Soleil, and Port-au-Prince in Haiti. I could keep on going,
going, going. There will always be more to see. This is not the
issue. It is what goes on in my head, tapping away.
So much of what my mind is chuntering away on is trying to reconcile,
life death, what happens, what doesn’t happen, and why. Trying to
reconcile my world with theirs. Hoping that others who see my images
and hear the stories will magically awaken, and some “one” will make
another difference, and then another, until we all realize that it
isn’t about reconciling their world with ours, it is to undertake the
reality that it is “one-world”, and that we share the exact same time
I have been back from Haiti for 3 weeks now, and the fissure between the life here and there seems a little narrower, but it has definitely left a mark. I am working to put together a new program based on the Youth Education Project I rolled out in Petite Riviere de l’Artibonite in Haiti, and somehow, that is what is giving me solace. I am so happy that since my return there is already some energy being created around this, as I always say, one step at a time.
Changents have hooked me up and I am going to be interviewed tommorrow at the P&G sponsor booth at the MASHABLE UN SOCIAL GOOD SUMMIT in NYC. The interview is taking place in real time via Skype by a journalist from Patch.com, gotta love technology! I will be talking about Cameras for Change, the program I am developing and how it fits in with the UN Millenium Developemnt Goals of ending poverty, gender equality and combating HIV/AIDs. The program will utilize cameras to teach photography to youth in HIV afflicted families and communities, and will build in education around water, sanitation, HIV awareness and allow people to tell their own stories. The idea is to connect with people, teach new skills, build in confidence, responsibility, leadership and help to transform communities and lives. A huge bonus with a program like this is that it also offers support and recognizes the burden placed on caretakers in HIV/AIDs afflicted families.
This just in! I am going to be joining the CTV Crew again to photograph at WE Day in Vancouver on October 15th! Guests include Al Gore, Martin Sheen, Craig & Marc Kielburger, Reverend Jesse L Jackson Sr, Phillipe Cousteau, Hedley, and Michel Chlkwanine. I photographed last year when the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodal and Mia Farrow were guests. It is an awesome EVENT that really engages all those involved and I am thrilled to be asked back!!
I am thrilled that a piece I recently wrote when I returned from Haiti has been published on Care2, the largest online community empowering people to lead a healthy and green lifestyle while taking action on important causes such as human rights, here is the link…http://www.care2.com/causes/human-rights/blog/ghost-dreams/
I am a humanitarian photographer currently blogging about world water issues for NGO’s. This past year has taken me to Zambia, India and Haiti. This November I will be working in Kenya. I recently worked with youth teaching them how to use cameras to portray how thier lives are effected by access to clean water. I want to develop this program further using cameras to connect with kids, working with youth and especially within HIV afflicted families. Please follow my story here and on www.changents.com/cate-cameron
I appreciate you help,
1. A family looks out from thier modest home in Petite Riviere de l’Artibonite in Haiti as the rain pours down. August 2010
2. A pig is oblivious to the smell and state of the inlet banks in Shada, a slum in Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti. August 2010
3. Men shower under bullet riddled water towers in the center of Cite-Soleil, Haiti. Tension and violence is rising in what is considered on of the most dangerous parts of Haiti as the elections draw closer. August 2010