Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Resolving conflicts in the Middle East: a Cristian and a Muslim girl playing chess…

I took this picture at CNEWA library in Amman, Jordan. A Muslim and a Christian girl were peacefully playing together. (Amman, Jordan 4/2010)


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In the last week, I’ve received dozens of photos from friends all over the world to send to the child in India I sponsor who loves photography and collects pictures.

I can’t send every one, but here’s a highlight reel:

From my friend and fellow photo enthusiast, Greg:

Do you see the buildings nestled in the trees? Gorgeous. This is Mt. Agung with Besakih Hindhust Temple in Bali.

My colleague at CNEWA, Beth, sent me shots from her morning commute through Central Park– looks like a movie set!

Check out the size of this monument in Japan that Cody sent me–that’s a person on those steps!

And the tips of ancient mountains emerging from the Pacific Ocean in Rockaway Beach, Oregon from Michael…

Down the same coast, the sky brightens from grey to blue–this is Kevin’s photo of Half Moon Bay, California.

My friend Hunter sent along this rocky riverbed–a totally different part of the same country:

More forest, with beautiful, bright greens from Mahesh…

Although those evergreens look closer to black against the snow covered mountains in Big Sky, Utah…

And To go full cirlce back to a major US city… The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles comes from Machiko!

I love the symphony, it’s such a relaxing experience. The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays there.

Well, these pictures are ready to go, along with a card. I’ve never bought a birthday card for a little girl before, but I think I did a good job. Here it is:

Well, my letter, your photos, and the letters and photos from our other donors are off, in colorful envelopes, to the other side of the world where they will be received by excited youngsters. Thank you, thank you!

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Supriya is the new little girl I’m sponsoring. She just turned six two weeks ago. I didn’t know—so I’m sending her a late birthday card with the next package to India, which will leave next week.

Supriya has two brothers and a sister. Her parents are trying hard to support all of them, but like many hard-working Indian families, their wages aren’t enough to cover even the basics. My sponsorship program helps by providing Supriya with education, food, and medical care.

Supriya wants to be a doctor when she grows up—so ambitious! I also learned that she loves photography. I love it, too; my camera is one of the most important traveling essentials I have. Do you remember the pictures I took while I was in India?

I wish I had known about Supriya while I was there—maybe I would have been able to meet her. Next time, hopefully, I will.

So here’s what I’m thinking: since Supriya loves photography and collects pictures, why don’t we send her some for her birthday? I am sending her a few photos.

On my commute from Staten Island to Manhattan, I get to ride past the Statue of Liberty. I took this picture with my iPhone!

When I’m in Rome, I love the sight of St. Peters Basilica glowing in the skyline. I love going home to Italy.

But can some of you across the country send me pictures from your cities? You can send them right to me at smile@cnewa.org. Something beautiful, something interesting, something that will show a little girl in India what it’s like to be in the United States…

I’ll send print-outs to Supriya with a special message from all of us. Thank you so much in advance!

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