I met a woman who works for the organization ONE earlier this month in Atlanta. A lovely woman whose passion for the organization’s mission radiated from every pore of her body. We spoke for awhile, bonding over our mutual love of Africa.
It was one of those easy chats that felt as if we’d known each other a long time. I find that’s so rare and I relish it when it happens.
Later she asked me if I would be interested in submitting a photo-essay from one of my last trips to the continent for their website. How could I say no? I was so flattered I think I was giddy all day.
You can view the feature here…
If you’re not familiar with the amazing work that ONE is doing globally, please take a moment to read the below….
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 4 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut in half and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now.
Cofounded by Bono and not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. ONE also works closely with African activists and policymakers as they fight corruption, promote poverty-fighting priorities, monitor the use of aid, and help build civil society and economic development.
In recent years, ONE’s members, together with other non-profit partners, have played an important role in persuading governments to support effective programs and policies that are making a measurable difference in fighting extreme poverty and disease. As a result of these advocacy efforts, more than 7.5 million people living in Africa today have access to lifesaving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 in 2002. Malaria has been cut by 75% in eight African countries since 2000, and 51 million more children across sub-Saharan Africa are now going to primary school.
ONE is not a grant-making organization and does not solicit funding from the public or receive government funding. ONE is funded almost entirely by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations. We achieve change through advocacy — our teams in Washington, D.C., New York, London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives. ~ ONE.org website