Archive for July, 2011

Girls Education- Educate Girls Globally in Rajasthan, India

Posted in Documentary | Photography, Girls Education, India, Non Profit, Recent Projects on July 27, 2011 by tuschman

This past January I documented a girl’s education project in Pali, Rajasthan, India. Educate Girls Globally (EGG), founded by Lawrence Chickering, is focusing on Muslim communities, where “the education of girls and empowerment of women have lagged badly.”

Here are some statistics:

India is home to one of the largest illiterate populations in the world. In Rajasthan, 44% of females are literate, as compared to 76% of males. For every 100 rural girls, only one reaches 12th grade. Out of 26 districts with the highest gender gap, 9 are in Rajasthan. Educate Girls works in Pali, where the gender gap is particularly high.

One of they key features that attracted me to EGG is that the program is designed to be scaled up. In fact, EGG has plans to educate 5 million girls by working closely with communities and local governments. In 2010, Educate Girls has scaled up from 500 schools to 2,342 schools in the entire Pali district, which covers 1,067 villages.

Our first stop was to a very small community where I had a chance to meet and photograph two young women. One young girl was not able to attend school — instead she had to watch her younger sister and tend to the family goats.

The other young woman, pictured here with her mother, receives her mother’s support and encouragement to do well in her studies. Her mother, who had a chance to travel outside of her local community when she was younger, realized that her lack of education was a major limitation to her quality of life. Due to this realization, the mother intended to ensure that her daughter finished her schooling. Evidently, the mother was very proud of her daughter’s persistence in pursuing her education.

We next visited a girls boarding school system. This system of schools was initiated by M. K. Gandhi’s wife to provide for educationally disadvantaged girls – many of whom have disabled parents, are orphans, or live too far away from schooling facilities. It was evident from my short visit and from the photos below that these girls were also being educated to be empowered; they had a great deal of self-confidence and were very supportive of each other.

We then had an opportunity to visit Pipla, a small rural tribal community. It is geographically isolated and consequently cut-off from many state resources. Here, Educate Girls has been the only organization attempting to educate these children to a level where they can commence mainstream schooling. The Non-Residential Bridging Camp (NRBC) program here has been very effective. The number of tribal girls participating in the program is quite high, particularly when taken as a percentage of the total number of girls living in the area. There is a local school nearby (~1km from where we visited) where students who successfully complete the NRBC can continue their education.

I would like to thank Matt Withers,  a volunteer with EGG, who accompanied me on this trip and provided me with much of the background information.

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EXCEPTIONAL INDIA PHOTO TOUR DEC 31 2011-JAN 15 2012

Posted in News on July 20, 2011 by tuschman

India Photo Tour – Please Join Me

I will be leading an Eastern India photo tour starting December 31, 2011 exploring the River Ganga (Ganges) from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Agra and Delhi ending January 15th. This tour will be designed to allow time for you to understand and record the exotic culture, sights and sounds of the real India.

If you are a photographer, writer, artist or any traveler who hates being rushed from one site to another then this tour is for you.

I am teaming up with the finest tour operator I have ever met. Louise Nicholson wrote the book on India. Her National Geographic Traveler: India is one of the best-selling guides to India. She is a true expert having visited the sub-continent more than 200 times. Also, because she has made TV documentaries on India, she knows the meaning of a ‘good view’ and she understands photographers’ requirements.

Louise has had years to find and develop relationships with the finest local guides to make sure our trip goes smoothly. We will be touring in comfort at the best time of year for photographic light and reasonable temperature to see India at its most spectacular.

My previous experience traveling on a Louise Nicholson organized tour in India is what convinced me to work with her to put together this trip. I know that this trip is going to be a wonderful experience for all.

If this tour sounds like anything you would be interested in then I highly encourage you to click through to my professional site to learn more about this India photo tour and to contact Louise directly for details on indianicholson@nyc.rr.com

To see photos from last trip to India, please go to:

http://www.tuschmanphoto.com/india_1

7 Billion Unique Stories

Posted in Documentary | Photography, education, News, Non Profit, Recent Projects, Uncategorized, womens reproductive healthcare on July 15, 2011 by tuschman

A new report from the UN comes just ahead of a demographic milestone: the world’s population is expected to pass 7 billion in late October, only a dozen years after it surpassed 6 billion. The UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) is about to release a new campaign urging each individual and organization to take creative action to solve the immense problems we face as global interconnected community. To quote from the brochure, “every day one billion of us go hungry, two billion of us are surviving on less than $1 a day, one billion of us don’t have access to clean water and more than one thousand women die in pregnancy or during childbirth each day.”

“In a world that is more interconnected than ever before, challenges such as poverty, inequality, women’s rights, aging and the environment belong to all of us.”

“These are problems that can, and must be solved. Thankfully, significant strides are being made by committed organizations and impassioned individuals all over the world. Working together, incremental actions will create exponential results.”

I am very proud that many of my images are being used to highlight this call to action. Below are ten posters featuring the campaign. Other photographs will also be used in a National Geographic insert, a multi-media web presentation and an exhibit in Copenhagen.

For those not familiar with UNFPA, the “United Nations Population Fund is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. UNFPA – because everyone counts.”

For the remainder of the year I will be posting stories on some of the issues that I have documented this past year, including a girl’s education project in Rajasthan, India and family planning programs in Latin America for Planned Parenthood. I also will be working in Kenya and Ethiopia, documenting malaria treatment and prevention and women’s reproductive healthcare.