We believe in creating visual archives of a planet which is changing so fast.
We believe in photographing the human history in an accelerated globalizing process, the environmental changes,the extinction of the species, the disappearance of tribes ,cultural values and traditional ways of living.
We believe in portraying the forgotten, in portraying the vanishing world.
Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo
Some organizations, like Alianza por la Solidaridad (former IPADE) contemplate the destruction of the environment from the prevention perspective , and in order to do so the fishing and farming communities are approached in an educational manner, and they are taught on the consequences of illegal fishing, illegal dumpsites, or try to implement more traditional methods of both fishing and farming ,which could come with the reward of an environmental improvement. Waste management is also consider a very important issue to be dealt with. The following images correspond to an assignment I did to show the implication of Alianza por la Solidaridad in such important issues. Some of them show that intensive deforestation leads to floods and some other shows illegal fishing techniques, such as an electric shock to the water powered by a car battery or illegal netshock to the water powered by a car battery or illegal confiscated nets by the authorities.
In Myanmar, the monks run many humanitarian programs such as orphanages, care for the physical and mentally disabled and care for the elder. They share a strong Buddhist faith, and the income they get comes from generous donations that the middle and lower class people give to the monasteries. The monks and some helpers take care of the elder by engaging them not only in religious activities, but also in exercises and such courses as meditation. Here we can see how the elder share their lives with the monks, living calmly in a retired place and participating in many of their daily activities.
In Cambodia, still due to the today seemingly far away consequences of the Khmer Rouge war, in which one fourth of the population was murdered in a mass genocide, many mothers who never had access to school or any type of education, recur today to the help of some NGO literacy programs, which help the elder generations to re discover the world by learning to read. Since some of the women in the programs have very young children who cant be left alone, they bring them along to the classroom.
It is beautiful to witness how some of the eldest women, who had been living for most of their lives ignoring every written sign, every written book or every written news find a new fascination in life.
© Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo