How to be a responsible, child safe aware traveller

How to be a responsible, child safe aware traveller

The first time I visited Africa, many years ago, I remember waltzing into both a school and then an orphanage, amongst a stream of fellow tourists, on an organised excursion. We all took out our cameras and started clicking away while the children looked...
The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

As I made my way through the lush greenery of giant ferns and towering palm trees I could hear the sweet sound of Baka songs floating through the air. Interlocking, polyphonic rhythms and melodies woven together. Songs that prepared the tribe and the animals of...
Give Child Marriage the Finger #EndChildMarriage

Give Child Marriage the Finger #EndChildMarriage

      One of the things I love most about travelling is learning about different cultures and traditions. I try to travel with an open heart and mind, seeking positive, enriching experiences. But every now and again, as is inevitable, I come across...
A child’s life in Senegal

A child’s life in Senegal

The dust, the smiles and the rhythm of the drums, West Africa, can really get under your skin; I lost count of the number of times I’ve visited this corner of the globe a long time ago. As I set out on a journey of a different kind, namely sponsoring a...
Stick with Foncho to make bananas fair

Stick with Foncho to make bananas fair

Do you like bananas? Have you noticed that over the last ten years the price of bananas in the UK has halved while the cost of producing those bananas has almost doubled? It just doesn’t add up, does it? In fact, bananas are now sold so cheaply that this is...
Justifiable bad press for orphanage tourism

Justifiable bad press for orphanage tourism

There has been a lot of bad press lately about volunteer tourism and I’ve heard a few horror stories myself, such as local teachers being dismissed because the school knew that a volunteer teacher was on there way. Even more disturbing still though are...
Abu’s story – Life as a Palestinian Fair Trade Farmer

Abu’s story – Life as a Palestinian Fair Trade Farmer

Following on from my previous post about the fascinating evening Cooking Palestine, I’d like tell you more about one of the guests that night, a Palestinian farmer. Abu’s story has a troubled past but a clear and hopeful future thanks to Fair Trade. As a...
Girl Rising – One Girl With Courage is a Revolution

Girl Rising – One Girl With Courage is a Revolution

Last Thursday, as I sat in a plush red velvet seat at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), I looked at the screen as the camera panned out from Senna’s home. Hundreds of rickety little homes, just like Senna’s came into view,...
Girls’ Rights amongst the Bedouins of the Sinai Desert

Girls’ Rights amongst the Bedouins of the Sinai Desert

A Girl’s Right to an Education and a Childhood I photographed this girl last month in the Sinai Desert, Egypt. It was just before I climbed onto the back of a camel to ride through the desert to a Bedouin camp. Now I am home, I wonder how old she is and what is...

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