Tweet Two boys. Their first time in a local hospital in Muòng Tè (Lai Chau Province, Vietnam). Both of them were brought to the hospital by their father. The boy in the front was carried by his father, who walked for two days to reach us. His son misses upper thighs as a result of which [...]
Tweet Just returned from Vietnam, where I spent some time in our (Duniya Foundation supported) rehabilitation centre in Lai Chau, home to 51 handicapped children. I worked on Street Food Vietnam, our second book in the series and about which more later. Here a young boy with Down syndrome is having his lunch. He is new [...]
Tweet April, ten years ago. Bobby, at that time a young girl living in Nagwa slum, had a serious wound in her head with maggots creeping out. An x-ray in Benaras Hindu University showed that the maggots were trying to eat into her skull – literally – and we had to apply an aggressive fluid [...]
Tweet Winters can be really cold in Varanasi. These kind of messages are no exception in the newspapers between December and February: ‘At least eight more people died in different parts of Uttar Pradesh over the last 24 hours, taking the winter toll to 90 in the state. Severe cold wave continued to sweep the [...]
Tweet This girl is totally deaf and a student at our school in Lai Chau, Vietnam (supported by Duniya Foundation). Need I say more?
Tweet Last Sunday, Bheru died. I knew him for many years. From the time he broke his spine when he was burried under a collapsing roof during a marriage party he attended in a slum area, and later, when my friend Anouk supported him during and after surgery, from the many, many visits to his [...]
Tweet In October this year, Duniya Foundation financed the eye-surgery of 22 children in the Vietnamese mountain town Lai Chau. At that time, we could not help all of those who came to us for screening: some of them had problems (tumors) too complex for the medical team to handle. [Read more under the photo, [...]
Tweet I know! I am a bit late with my ‘photo of the month’, being the end of the month already. Nevertheless, I wanted to share this photo of my little friend from India: Choti (which by the way means ‘the little girl’). I am thinking of using this photo as a Christmas or New [...]
Tweet Go Gallery (Amterdam – The Netherlands) invites you to my exhibition ‘Duniya Celebration’, a weekend photo-exhibition to celebrate Duniya Foundation‘s fifteenth anniversary. The opening will be on Friday, August 26, from 17:00 – 21:00 and we will serve a drink and (Indian) bite! Soon, there will be more information on the website of Go [...]
Tweet Remember I wrote about our special photo shoot we organized with the mothers, children and other relatives related to Duniya Education, all from poor families living in the same slum area? I am still working on organizing the images in an online archive, where they will be for sale, in support of our work [...]
Tweet Remember I posted about our special photoshoot > in Varanasi? Two of the resuling images already have success… The photo below was a winner in a photo competition organized by WNF/WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) in cooperation with ZOOM magazine. The title of the competition was ‘Geef de Aarde door‘ (‘Pass the Earth’). [...]
Tweet At our school Duniya Education, we appreciate students speaking up when something bothers them… So in between classes, you may encounter children discussing school matters next to the bathtub that functions as washing place for hands and lunch plates.
Tweet Yesterday, Papu received her share for being the cover model on George Mastras’ book Tranen over Kashmir (Fidali’s Way in English), as well as for the posters Goodearth India designed on the basis of my photos.
Tweet Kabutar’s story is published in India today: Gender Bytes. If you would like to see more photos, see this link. Also, please sign this very important petition, please: Call for Government Action to Stop Female Genocide In India. Duniya Foundation has a new website! Many photos, fairtrade products from India and Vietnam, (christmas) cards, [...]
Tweet Finally, Duniya Foundation has a new website online. First in Dutch, working on English version! We describe our work, show you our work in photos and video, have a blog, a special photo-action, a webshop and more. If you don’t read Dutch, please bear with us, you will be able to read the translation [...]
Tweet One of the projects I am working on for several years now, is streetfood, a collection of photos and recipes of food prepared by the ‘common man and woman’ I meet during my travels. Simple food I eat in the homes I have been invited to, or at the small road stalls when on [...]
Tweet Busy trying different ‘Page Flip’ programs to develop an online magazine, like this one for Duniya Foundation. Soon, the magazine will not only show photos, but also video’s and you will be able to hear local sounds as well. In the magazine below, I have tried to give you an idea of the work [...]
Tweet As a photographer of the project, and as member of Duniya Foundation, I am so proud to let you know that yesterday, our Lai Chau Rehabilitation Centre opened officially. Of couse, we will soon tell and show you much more on our Duniya website (totally renewed soon!) but for now I am happy to [...]
Tweet He knew that our project focusses on the surgery of handicapped children (Duniya Foudation), but he begged us to help him too: a grown-up man with a severe cleft lip (schisis). He felt so ashamed, life was hard. Then, in his village in the mountains, he heard a voice on the radio telling about [...]
Tweet Plural this time, for I want to show you more than just one photo. We (Dong An, our Hanoi based Vietnamese counterpart, our surgeons and Duniya Foundation) are planning the surgery of another 100 children by the end of November. Preparations are already being made and local health workers try to list and organize [...]
Tweet I started an inspiring and stimulating cooperation with The Goodearth Company in India: on the basis of my photos, their designer Krsna Mehta created the posters below. And that is not all! Goodearth decided that 50% of the proceeds will go to Duniya Foundation, in support of our education programmes in Varanasi. This information [...]
Tweet The idea for World Portraits came to Bas van Beek years ago, when an Indian man who had posed for a Benelux photographer but received no compensation, saw his image in an advertisement. Van Beek recognized the unfairness of the situation for that model and countless others. Simultaneously, the micro-banking phenomenon began to take [...]
Tweet Anita recently delivered her first child, a son. An emergency Caesarean section which she could not afford. Her husband and mother-in-law disappeared and have not seen the baby. They decided that almost blind Anita was not good enough. Not as a wife, nor as a daughter-in-law. Not anymore. Her – almost blind – father [...]
Tweet Sorry… in Dutch only! English translation will follow. Korte film over ons Duniya Education project in Varanasi, India (www.duniya.org). Tips voor het kijken: * zet hem eerst op pauze en laat hem even laden; * laat je muis niet op het beeld staan, maar schuif die uit beeld; * zet geluid aan! ROODKAPJE GAAT [...]