Who benefits from the work that you do at your internship?
At my internship with Growing Liberia’s Children I am directly helping the children and people of Liberia. While I was in Liberia I was not only fortunate enough to help out with my own means, but I had a team behind me and we were able to get a lot done. Through my filmmaking and photography I will create products directly associated with bringing attention and information on the issues and circumstances within Liberia.
Who in the community benefits from the work? Overall, that happens at your internship site?
As far as affected communities go, the ones I’ve influenced are overseas. For my internship I am currently just video editing and photo editing, but the “real” work was done in Liberia. I was on the go filming, photographing, looking for shots, and building a story. Fun stuff in my book.
How or why do people benefit from this work?
Along with that fun, it goes towards a good purpose - which I’m all about. From removing ignorance in overseas problems to directly changing lives of those less fortunate than us, I’ve just been helping. I am helping in any way I can, and maintaining the relations I built to continue this helping process while I am not physically there.
Agriculture is a large industry in Liberia, often times people's largest investment if they can afford it. Producing an export of their country, feeding people, and using the skills for survival purposes, agriculture is a well-rounded industry in Liberia.
Many children have aspirations to study this field, and those fortunate to be in school learn related skills. Proving to be a profitable market, this is key to Liberia's growth.
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All right! So as many of you may have realized this blog has not been updated...
I do sincerely apologize for this, although my situation did not allow for updates! Throughout my adventure to Liberia, I had no access to the internet AND I managed to break my computer while there! (Picture Below)
Over these next couple days I will be doing 2 - 3 posts a day to make up for it - stay tuned! I am SUPER excited to share this life changing experience with you all!
The children of Liberia are unlike any other children that I've encountered. Their passion for everyday life, their care for one another, and the gratitude in simplicity for the littlest of things has made me understand that they are the gems of this world.
As Michelle Hicks and I walked the streets of our local community here in Liberia, we were guided by a kind man who had randomly approached us. I was carrying my camera, something the people here have been often taken back by - and for obvious reasons. The man introduced us to his brother and as we began to walk back towards the main road, I glanced to my left. The kids you can see in this photo were huddled together on the ground, surrounded by dusty air in this hot & humid weather. They were all snickering at each other, and looked up at me as I walked by.
Their lives were so simple. One of them shirtless, many without shoes; finding happiness in the simplest of things: human life. Something we all take for granted daily. The presence of each other was more than enough to make all the kids smile with joy.
Almost in unison they looked up at me and smiled, some turning away as if to be hiding from me in plain sight, but all of them happy. I waved. Every single one of them was stoked by my simple gesture of saying "hello".
Something so simple made their lives so full, something so easy and natural had made this group so content.
I pointed to my camera, smiled, and made an expression saying "picture?" This blew them away. Immediately they assembled together, almost as if they had planned this, and posed for an awaited photograph. I ran over and got this shot, along with a couple others (which may actually be better), and it reminded me that we don't need very much to be happy in life, we just think we do.
As I walked away they smiled, waved, and got back to being kids. Beauty comes in all forms, but often times the largest representation lies in those with the simplest of hearts.
"With all our dirty deeds and evil thoughts Jesus is begging his father Jehova Jireh for his mercy towards us."
Today was our first day in Liberia, and we treated it like a rest day, only going into Monrovia for the supermarket. But despite this, let me tell you that it was very impactful nonetheless. The resilience, the culture, the drive, the everyday life of people living in Liberia is so abstractly different from any other place I've experienced.
Today was truly an eye-opening experience of the need for support in this country. From the need to combat political corruption, to an everyday cry for basic properties of life, the people of Liberia need your help.
I am excited to bring you all more content as I can - stay tuned.
Donate Today: http://growingliberiaschildren.org/donate.php