Waiting for care is a photographic essay of people waiting to be treated at a one day mobile medical clinic in the village of Dondon, Haiti. All the photographs were taken November 9th, 2011.
Living in abject poverty and lacking access to basic healthcare, over a thousand people showed up for a chance to see one of four doctors traveling with a U.S. based medical team. When the team arrived just after sunrise, 500 people were already waiting for care. By 10am the crowd swelled to more than 1000. At the end of the day 445 people saw a doctor. The rest went home untreated.
The past two years I accompanied this medical team from the Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas (HACAOT), for a one week mission to northern Haiti. The work they accomplish is astounding. In five days approximately 1500 people receive medical treatment. Equally astounding are the number of people who show up for a chance to see a doctor, and how long they spend waiting for care.
For twenty-three years I’ve been a professional photographer and photojournalist living in Portland, Oregon. I specialize in location photography and the majority of my income generating work is with small and medium sized businesses. For the past seven years I've taken one month a year to photograph for non-profits working in developing countries and helping populations in critical need.
In October 2007, an unexpected assignment took me to Rwanda to photograph the programs of the Portland, Oregon based Itafari foundation. My life perspective was changed forever. Since then I’ve been to Rwanda three times and Kenya once. The past two years I spent the month of November in Haiti. All of the photography I do on these trips is donated to the pertinent NGO’s.
This November, 2013, will be my third trip to Haiti with the HACAOT medical team. After a week in the medical clinic, I’ll travel to Port Au Prince to continue a project with a youth development program, L’Athlitique d’Haiti, which serves 2,000 children and their families in the slum area of Cite Soleil. From there I’ll travel to an agricultural-reforestation project run by Mercy Corps, in the mountainous village of Ti Bwa. The trip will conclude back in Port Au Prince doing work with the JP/Human Rights Organization.
I believe we all have the ability to make a positive impact on our planet, and with my experience as a photographer and small business owner I’m determined to make a difference.
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Clinton Global Initiative
Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas
JP/Human Rights organization
Little Sisters of Saint Therese
Makindu Childrens Center
Oregon Community Foundation
Partners in Health
Right 2 Dream
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