Field Practice was such a soul-stretching experience. We served the Zulu community in Winterton, South Africa, and completed many projects that needed attention. Some include building a fence, medical home visits, teaching, and building a wheelchair ramp for a disabled couple. Here's a video explaining some of the work we did. 

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Many of the healthcare issues plaguing the Zulu people are due to malnutrition. I, along with the Dietician on board, designed a chart that was distributed all throughout schools and community centers educating people on proper eating habits. We were very intentional in including icons for the illiterate and items that could be bought in local markets. 

However, tagging along with the nurses on their medical home visits had to be one of the most emotional experiences during the field preparation. Some of the stories we witnessed were heartbreaking, because their conditions could have easily been prevented. Many of these individuals don't have access to proper healthcare and/or education. While the nurses could offer care, all I could offer was a photo. 

Some of the people we met had never been photographed before, and I wanted to make my time with them special. I made sure to lavish the ladies I met with compliments to make them feel as beautiful as they looked. 

grandmother and granddaughter: i asked for a big smile, and they sure delivered.

grandmother and granddaughter: i asked for a big smile, and they sure delivered.

The older woman on the left was one of my favorite home visits. When I turned the camera around to show her portrait, she lit up with joy. As we were leaving, she started crying, and we weren't sure why. The local medic translated that the tears were from the joy she had from the time we spent with her. 

That day reminded me that there’s power in every photo taken and video filmed. Never doubt the power of a story to change people's day or life. Below are some other photos I shot of patients. We printed these photos out and give it to these beautiful women as a keepsake. 

Last but not least, some behind the scenes shots!

no one said we had to hike in the dead of winter to visit these patients...

no one said we had to hike in the dead of winter to visit these patients...

just doing my thing :)

just doing my thing :)

 

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