Changing Worlds Through Photography
OneProsper, India - Photographer: Stephanie Salvatore
Empowering Women and Children in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan
As photojournalist, much of my time has been spent covering a cross-section of cultural interactions and societal challenges surrounding food: from festivals celebrating regional fare, to organizations providing meals for those in need, to natural-disaster flooding of agriculture across the country. Where ever my camera takes me, my mission remains the same: to unearth the untold stories and give them a voice through beautiful, authentic imagery.
This year, I am proud to be working with Photographers Without Borders® to document the work of a compelling organization called OneProsper International, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and children in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India. OneProsper's mission is to break the cycle of poverty through educating women on innovative farming practices. Many of these women earn only a few dollars a day, which makes it difficult to provide sustenance for their families and send their children to school. For most families, their children stay home in order to care for the family and the spend their days retrieving water. However, through the use of advanced drip irrigation systems and rain water harvesting tanks, these women can sustain the growth of crops that thrive in the desert, like pomegranates, earn more, feed their families more nutritious food, send their children to school, and boost the local economy.
OneProsper's first initiative establishes fundraising pages for each of the women, in order to raise the necessary means for rainwater harvesting tanks and drip irrigation systems, which is imperative to sustain the growth of crops year-round in the harsh desert conditions. Once the funds are raised, the organization trains the women on the process of advanced drip irrigation, how to plant and sustain those crops, and helps them to install the system and begin growing!
OneProsper has also launched a second initiative this year, which will help young girls to attend school. The organization raises funds for rain water harvesting tanks for families with young girls that do not have access to clean water. These young girls typically stay home from school because they are required to spend their days retrieving water, and because their families cannot pay tuition. This second initiative raises funds which will help their families acquire a water harvesting tank, pay for tuition, school supplies, and a bicycle for each girl. OneProsper has already raised enough funds for 30 families, and is continuing to expand their donor base.
This is an organization that is helping women to help themselves, their children and their community.
In the Fall of 2017, I will be joining OneProsper International in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan to meet the communities they are helping, to see the world through their perspective, to document the families in need, as well as the extraordinary work of this organization. With your help and donation toward the documentary of this cause, it becomes another step forward in driving the change to empower women and children, and to eliminate poverty.
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so amazing Steph ... can't wait to hear all about it and see your photos!
Wish you an incredible journey. We can't wait to see all the beautiful images you will capture
Lindsay M. Moran
I am so excited for you, Steph. This journey is a true reflection of your desire to make this world a better place, and using your talent to empower others.
So proud of you, Steph! Lots of prayers for this amazing journey!
Dr. Julie Hogan
Stephanie, I'm so very proud of you. I'm doing similar work for Muslim women. I've been selected to give a Ted talk on January 27 and will be wearing traditional Saudi Muslim attire. It's been life changing work. Congratulations! I'd love to be in touch with you and see some of your work. Keep up the good fight, girl! Love you! ❤️
Best of luck! -Tim (the long lost one from PA :) )
I wish you well in this endeavor, and will keep you in my prayers!