June 1, 2011 by Lydia · Comments Off
In Iraq, you pass your bus fare forward in hopes that you’ll get change back. It’s always an adventure.
May 25, 2011 by Lydia · Comments Off
Souvenir shack (plus a little photoshop!) near Ur, the ancient city of Abraham (circa 2100BC.).
May 18, 2011 by Cayla · Comments Off
I love the spring, and I’m not the only one. Doors are open, people are out, the neighborhood comes alive. Our neighbors aren’t afraid to let life spill onto the street.
This morning when I left for the office there were boys rollerblading around me and a cluster of women reaching into the grape trees for leaves to make a traditional riced-stuffed dish.
As a newcomer to the neighborhood, I get excited about the opportunities that come with the cool breezes and the sunshine, and I’m reminded of how fortunate we are to live and work among the people here.
“As a child I would often draw human figures, landscapes, animals and tanks. Anything I would find around myself. I would do it as any other kid going to the public school. But at home I was told that it is not a right thing to make images of living creatures as it is a work of God, not of the human being. It is so because the one who gives the shape of the being is obliged to give it a soul in the next life.”
“However, by drawing a line against the neck of the represented one can announce to God that he invalidates the image and is not claiming a position of the creator.”
“Today, as someone dealing professionally with representation I return to this moment in my childhood and undertake the gesture of invalidation, by crossing the neck of any represented figure with the red line. In a way it refers to the common telling that the photographer is the one who steals the soul of the photographed.”
Photos courtesy of Jamal Penjweny. Go HERE to browse more of his work throughout Iraq.
May 4, 2011 by matt · Comments Off
Honya was the first child I met when I visited PLC back in ’09, so I was excited when Honya’s father invited us to picnic with their family. Not surprisingly, she’s still as loveable as ever, and it was great to see her so healthy and happy over a year after surgery!
Baby Honey loves to dance. It’s like she can’t keep her toes and feet from wiggling. The above photo was actually taken right after she tipped over during a performance.
And this dancing is more than just adorable, it’s a good sign. Honey’s heart problem was complicated, but she’s gained a lot of strength since her surgery and we’re pleased with her progress! We look forward to many more dance performances in the future!
This incredible photo by Newsha Tavakolian.
April 13, 2011 by matt · Comments Off
July 7, 2010 by Joshua · Comments Off
This is Freedom Park, a place of joy and laughter in a region once dominated by suppression and the crippling fear of Saddam Hussein. With the western clothes of this roller-blading man, the ipod, and the young men and women mingling on the sides – this photo represents the freedom so many have worked hard to achieve.
July 6, 2010 by Lydia · Comments Off
Two weeks from now we will be taking five kids to Istanbul for surgery! Keep watching the blog for updates on their progress.