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Diego Álvaro

Teacher in Teruel

ABARAKA Project

PRESENTED ON JUN 14, 2013
IN TERUEL @ VOL 1

Diego Álvaro tells us about his participation in a group trip to Senegal, where they cooperated with the village's cultural center to make the photographic documentary ABARAKA ("thanks" in Mandinka language) in which they get along with a typical Senegalese family, following their different members in their daily life. With the obtained photographs they plan to make an educational exhibition for students in order to make them understand the way of life of a different family, with a different culture and problems, and let them to see for themselves why it is important to understand the world we live in.

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Restoring Liberia's History

BY JEFF TOPHAM
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 13, 2013

Jeff Topham and his brother set out to retake old pictures of their childhood home in Liberia; along the way, they ended up restoring the history of their old country, exposing a new generation to photos of a near unrecognizable Liberia, before rebels and war tore the country apart. The project collected photographs of Liberia from various expats, and eventually culminated in a gallery exhibition. 

"Presentation of the Day" on August 5, 2013.

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Photography Comes First

BY NORA BIBEL
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

“These are quiet, concentrated, and precise images seemingly of everyday scenes, but in fact these are staged moments suspended in time.”

Photography has taken Nora Bibel all over the world: Vietnam, Myanmar, Germany and more. Nora speaks about her beautiful portrait work, books, and exhibitions that have made up her work. She tells us her themes are utopia, social change, home, memories, and more.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 26, 2015.

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Biogasdoneright: a tool for improving living conditions

BY FABRIZIO SIBILLA
@ VOL 26 ON APR 09, 2015

Biogas is an ancient fuel (it is first described in documents of the Assyrian empire) that holds great premises for the development of rural areas, since it produces a clean fuel (the biogas), but also produces a high quality fertilizer (the digestate) that not only improves the soil fertility, but can turn farmland under degradation into a productive land.

In the last decade Italian farmers slipped in a serious crisis and in order to come out of the crisis they discovered that a well managed biogas plant could help them in boosting their productivity and regaining competitiveness, thus they named their way to the biogas as #biogasdoneright.

Prompted by these facts (easiness of biogas technology to be implemented even in low tech, rural areas) and prompted by the fact that improving soil fertility will lead to better yield in agriculture, Fabrizio Sibilla has thought to export the biogasdoneright in a small village in Senegal, to improve the villagers' quality of life.

In collaboration with the Diouma school (organized by Evelyne Kleikers and Michela Padovani) and the Italian Biogas Council (CIB), a rural plant for the production of Biogas at the school will be established. The hardware needed will be assembled with local, low cost materials and the expertise will be provided by the CIB, that will send their personnel for the organization of the biogas plant and also will assist the local farmers in reaching an “ecological agricultural intensification” from their field. Local authorities agreed to give 8 ha if land surrounding the village for the start of this test project.

The CIB personnel will install two crops (Opuntia, the well known cactus fig and Italian sainfoin, a nitrogen fixing plant that is an excellent forage and resistant to droughts) in these 8 ha and teach the local farmers how to farm them. The biogas plant will be located at the school but will also serve the local community, especially in form of common kitchens were the village women will be able to meet while cooking and use a clean fuel (poor stoove wood combustion is the highest death case for children under 5 years in developing countries).

The aim of the project is that, once the village farmers will understand the potential hidden in the biogasdoneright, then they will spread the word to the neighbouring villages and teach them what they have learnt, in order to leverage the effect that foreign help can do to improve the quality of locals.

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Education Projects in Africa

BY RICHARD MILLER
@ VOL 24 ON APR 17, 2015

Richard Miller introduces some of the recent projects he is involved with in Kenya and at the Management University of Africa.

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Tales and Images from the Other Side

BY JEAN LUC DUSHIME
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 24, 2015

Jean Luc Dushime is a storyteller working primarily in the mediums of photography and filmmaking. In this presentation, he shares photos and experiences from his recent travels to Africa and India.

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Impressions of Guinea, West Africa

BY RENATA MYERS
@ VOL 5 ON DEC 01, 2015

Photographer Renata Myers discusses the people she met in her travels in Africa, and her experiences capturing them through the lens of her camera.

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Remembering the Heart of Africa

BY SUSI WYSS
@ VOL 3 ON APR 10, 2015

Susi Wyss shares her experience living in Africa.

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Peace Corps Senegal

BY VIVIAN HOKE
@ VOL 19 ON MAR 18, 2016

Vivian Hoke shares about her experience volunteering in the Peace Corpes in Senegal from Sept. 12, 2012 - Nov. 14, 2014.

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So, Why Staircases?

BY JAMES BLOOMFIELD
IN BEXHILL-ON-SEA

Documentary photographer James Bloomfield, shares a selection of his images that capture less celebrated architectural features on the seafront between Jerwood Gallery, Hastings and the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea.