Global Projects

Ethiopia : At the Confluence of Intention, Resources, and Action


In October 2010 I traveled to Ethiopia withSalaamGarage to profile the childbirth injury of Obstetric Fistula. I was touched by the stories that I heard at Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa and by the Ethiopians whom I met. I wondered what solutions might be possible for the women with the saddest stories, especially those whose fistula repair surgeries were not successful. These women have little hope for a viable future.

A Family Found: Elijah’s Story


Not every foster child finds a family. The forgotten ones grow up alone in the faceless embrace of bureaucracy. Waiting and wishing, like runts in a litter of kittens staring hopelessly out of an emptying box. Elijah Callender is one of those people. Like the others, the state covered his eyes and clutched him tightly until his 21st birthday. Then it dropped him.

Purpose and Faith Give Krista Strength


Story by Mollie Neal Photography by Heather Walsh Krista spends her working hours tending to a woman with dementia in an assisted living facility. Like so many health-care aides, she is a nurturing soul. Some would call it ironic that this is her job. She spent most of her childhood being shuttled from one foster […]

Earning A College Degree is an Elusive Dream for Most Former Foster Youth: Renald’s Story


Story by Mollie Neal Photography by Heather Walsh Renald is a quiet, soft-spoken 22-year-old living in his first apartment and attending college. Adjusting to independence and adult responsibilities can be challenging for any young person, especially if there is no immediate family or mentor to turn to for guidance and support. Renald had a traditional […]

Never Look Back: Brandon’s Story

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Photography By Robert Hooman Story by Brandon Kolin as told to Dimitra Kessenides “God doesn’t give you anything that you can’t handle,” says Brandon Kolin, 27, a Brooklyn, New York-based dental surgery technician who wound up in foster care at age 8. “There’s something in every situation that you have to latch on to, whether […]

Nguyen Thi Cuc: PeaceTrees Vietnam 2010

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At home Nguyen Thi Cuc from Amanda Koster on Vimeo. Project with PeaceTrees Vietnam and Cluster Munition Coalition. Photography: Amanda Koster Interview: Daysha Eaton “At home: Nguyen Thi Cuc’s story”

Ho Van Lai’s Story: PeaceTrees Vietnam

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At play: Ho Van Lai’s story from Amanda Koster on Vimeo. Project with PeaceTrees Vietnam and Cluster Munition Coalition. Photography: Amanda Koster Interview: Daysha Eaton “At play: Ho Van Ly’s story”

Sarah Henderson: Women of Wax and Gold

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Sarah Henderson-Women of Wax and Gold – Images by Sarah Henderson Sarah Henderson Sarah Henderson focuses her camera and producing skills on global issues of our time: humanity, sustainability, travel, art, and culture. An internationally published photographer, her work for magazines such as Delta SKY, Wallpaper, Edible Portland, Alaska Airlines, Paste, and Zink has opened […]

Sara Forrest: Recovering Hope

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Healing Hands of Joy Healing Hands of Joy is a newly formed NGO which assists Ethiopian women who have suffered from childbirth injuries (mainly obstetric fistula) in reintegrating back into their communities. It was founded by Allison Shigo, who co-produced the Emmy award winning documentary on obstetric fistula (“A Walk to Beautiful”, 2007). The center […]

Jonathan Hanson: School For Midwives

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Jonathan Hanson: School for Midwives – Images by Jonathan Hanson Jonathan Hanson Jonathan Hanson has been based in Baltimore for the past three years after spending close to a year between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he worked for the Santa Fe Workshops. While in Mexico, he studied Spanish […]

The soil is very red here


(from Amanda Koster’s blog, while leading the SalaamGarage trip to Vietnam 1/2010) dong ha, vietnam. where i am sitting there ‘was’ a war going on. the soil is very red here. it has a hi iron content. there are bombs in this soil. explosives which are still killing people, maiming people, blinding people, etc. people […]

Le Van Thang’s Story: PeaceTrees Vietnam 2010

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Story of rice farmer Ho Van Ly. Project with Peace Trees Vietnam and Cluster Munition Coalition. At work: Le Van Thang’s story from Amanda Koster on Vimeo. Project with PeaceTrees Vietnam and Cluster Munition Coalition. Photography: Amanda Koster Interview: Daysha Eaton At work: Le Van Thang’s story

Daysha Eaton and Janat Horn published in Vietnam

bomb-Landmine-024-10w Photographer Janat Horn and Journalist Daysha Eaton’s Vietnam landmines story published at Vietnamese English Language paper Thanh Nie News.  Congrats you two! Exerpt: 50-year-old Cuc lives in Dong Ha, just west of Hue. She has called the dusty town of less than twenty thousand people home for most of her life. She survived the […]

Four Men Severely Injured by Bomb near Khe Sahn, Vietnam


Last month, January 2010, Amanda Koster and the rest of the SalaamGarage team visited Khe Sanh to experience first hand the work of NGO Peacetrees Vietnam.  While there, they learned about UXOs (unexploded ordnance) left from the Vietnam War and the dangers they cause to the local farmers and their families still today. Unfortunately the […]

From Dong Ha to Khe Sanh Vietnam by Daysha

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The past few days have been a whirlwind. Before we left Dong Ha, the group traveled to the Truong Son Cemetery, the Vietnamese equivalent of Arlington National Cemetery. I lit incense and placed it before the towering monument at the entrance then proceeded to walk around the beautiful grounds. The scene was stunning and the […]

Making peace with Dad's war

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By Guest Blogger, Journalist Daysha Eaton The very first interview that I ever conducted was with my father. It was a high school English assignment to interview a veteran of a war. My dad was a Vietnam Vet so, naturally, I went home on May 20, 1993, sat down in the living room of our […]

Daysha is for fundraising for Vietnam

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On Journalist Daysha Eaton’s website the tagline is “changing the world one story at a time.” She is after just that. This week Daysha applied for a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting with a pitch to tell the story of how the Vietnamese are still suffering post Vietnam War. In her […]

Its a Lonely Planet Video and eating BANH MI with Bourdain

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14 days till the September 1 deadline to register for the SalaamGarage trip to Vietnam January 11-23, 2010. We will be in Hanoi and the Quang Tri province in central Vietnam with NGO Peacetrees Vietnam. Quang Tri province is the region that saw the most fighting during the war and is now, slowly, still recovering […]

Vietnam Humanitarian Media trip


Only 5 months till SalaamGarage takes on another great cause. On January 11, 2010 SalaamGarage’s Vietnam team and Peacetrees Vietnam NGO will be eating pho and bun in cafe in Hanoi. We’ll be sharing photography experiences with Jennifer Le, a talented Hanoi based social documentary photographer, and other media creators. After a day of sightseeing […]