Photos: Richard Hanson
Pitsmoor photographer Richard Hanson recently visited Haiti for his work with Tearfund. His new exhibition comes to Sheffield in October, featuring images and stories from three visits to Haiti since the devastating earthquake last year. Richard told us:
“When I first arrived, only ten weeks after the disaster, the scale of the tragedy was overwhelming. Hundreds of thousands of people were homeless. Everyone we spoke to had been affected by destruction, grief and loss. But there are glimpses of people rebuilding their lives; men digging a road from their village; bakers restarting their business; a woman who started a hair dressing salon; people regaining a sense of purpose and dignity.”
'Haiti: Beyond the Rubble' is at the Workstation Atrium Gallery on Paternoster Row, weekdays 9.30am-5pm, from 3rd October to 2nd November.
For more information see http://hansonphoto.wordpress.com/
Richard also reported on the recovery process from last year's flooding in South Pakistan. Tearfund is helping build safer houses, cleaner sanitation, and is working in education in the area north of Karachi. “I was really excited to visit Pakistan, as I've never been before despite its strong links with Pitsmoor.” Sadly, this month, flooding has again affected millions of people in Pakistan.
Donations to Disaster Appeals.
Richard works for the Tearfund, which is just one of the members of the Disaster Emergency Committee DEC. The DEC has previously coordinated appeals for Pakistan and Haiti. It is currently appealing for funds to support people starving people in East Africa and Somalia.
To make a donation visit http://www.dec.org.uk/