After being home from Tanzania for a few weeks I thought I would cleverly craft a compelling story about life in Central Africa. But instead, the words never came.
There are dire struggles across the globe, no country is immune. Want proof? Just pick up The New York Times any morning. Some regions are plagued with greater obstacles than others. I could easily rant against the powers that be, condemning lack of aid or interest. But, do we really need any more ranting? I think not.
So I have changed my perspective.
Now when I review my images from Ipalamwa, Tanzania, instead of seeing adversity, I find cause to celebrate. Yes, this hamlet, unknown to many Americans, has its share of pressing issues. There could be cause for much despair, however, what I found instead was the grace and fortitude of its people. I found dignity in their smiles, and light in their eyes. With what seems to be insurmountable problems, the residents of this community have risen above their challenges. They embrace the hope of a new and better day.
So instead of more words, sit back, and let my pictures say what I cannot. Come with me on a journey back to Tanzania, experience the intoxicating scenery, infectious grins and witness, first-hand, what resilience and strength look like.
With every situation we have a choice on how it may be perceived. I chose to view Ipalamwa with light and love.
Live in color,