Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Meet Wendy Stone: Photographer for Beatrice's Dream

Photo Presentation

Nov. 4th, Wednesday, 6 pm
The Metropolitan Opera Guild
The Rose Building
165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, 6th floor

Free for members of PWP, $10.00 for non- members to pay at the door

Wendy's remarkable, compelling photographs of Children in Africa captured my imagination and led to our collaboration that turned into the book Beatrice's Dream.

If you are anywhere in the NY Metropolitan area on November 4, 2015, this presentation is a must.

Wish I could be there!

Read more about Wendy:

Photojournalist, Wendy Stone, has been working in Africa covering
international aid and relief work for 27 years. Her clients include
UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, WFP, The Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller
Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, The World Agroforestry Center,
USAID, Project Concern International and many others.

During the 1990's she worked as a news photographer and covered the war
in Somalia, the war in South Sudan, the story of the Lost Boys, famines
and droughts in the horn of Africa and the AIDS epidemic in eastern

She has also photographed colorful traditional ceremonies and
the indigenous people of Kenya including the Maasai, Turkana and
Rendille peoples. She has worked for many years in the slums of Kenya,
photographing the programs of non-profit organizations.

Her first children's book, "Beatrice's Dream: Life in an African Slum",
was published in 2011 by Frances Lincoln Press, in London. Beatrice is
the story of a 13 year old orphan living in one of Kenya's largest
slums, Kibera.

Wendy will be the guest speaker on November 4th at the meeting for
Professional Women Photographers, where she will be showing her
photographs and speaking about her work. All are welcome.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Diversity Inspires and Heals

 These responses to Four Feet Two Sandals were drawn by 2nd graders in an ESL class.

Newcomers to an American school, they are from the Chin State of Burma.  Their English is limited but they understand what it means to share and care.  They relate to the characters and the story told in this picture book even though it is not a story of Burma.

Four Feet Two Sandals is about two refugee girls from Afghanistan in a refugee camp in Pakistan.

Refugee children around the world can relate to loss of country, home, family.   Perhaps a story they relate to will help them find their place in a new home, a new world.

Let's hope they are welcomed in their new schools by new friends.  And may their classmates be caring and sharing, open to learning about the world they come from, the world we live in.

We need more books with diversity for all children!