Flory Kolobe, surrounded by some of the 80 orphans in her program. Tsepong Counseling Centre was established in 2001 to raise HIV/ aids awareness in rural and urban areas. To provide counseling services, HIV testing at the Senkatana Clinic Centre. To support identified orphan and vulnerable children. Since 2002 they have been taking care of double orphans from five areas in and around Maseru. © Steve Simon
Blue Earth currently sponsors about 30 photographic projects. Over the years, different projects have run their course and moved forward on their own. But that doesn’t mean they are any less important today than they were when Blue Earth first sponsored them. This week we are pleased to highlight Steve Simon’s The Grandmother Spirit.
The idea of this project is to illuminate the determination, strength, resiliency, and inspiration of The African Grandmother: the heart, soul and hands of response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic there.
Revealing documentary moments of daily life, still lives, extreme close-ups, and landscapes will be integrated with portraits; strong, direct, with simple backdrop or background. These high resolution portraits will be displayed large, insuring these beautiful, quiet people who often go unnoticed will be seen.
The Grandmother Spirit will capture the universal, inexorable human connection between the Grandmothers and the orphans they are raising.
“We almost never think of the grandmothers, except in passing. Yet they are emerging as the unheralded heroes of the continent. They’re poor, they’re old; they live with the inconsolable anguish of having buried their own adult children. They’re tired, they’re hungry, and yet they’re fast becoming the true, resilient, magnificent hearts of the struggle of the continent.” - Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
Visit Simon’s project gallery for more photos.
- Bart J. Cannon, Executive Director