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.
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.
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.
Growing Up in the Peace Corps
BY GEOFFERY HOWARD
@ VOL 2
ON JUN 17, 2017
Geoffery Howard I entered the Peace Corps at the age of 20, heading off to Senegal in West Africa, a country I had never heard of. That experience changed my life. From community development in a small Senegalese village to community involvement in a small Hudson Valley town, there is a connection that stretches over half a century.