Humanitarian Photographer to Highlight Hamlin College of Midwives 2011 Graduation

Alexandria, VA – Hamlin Fistula USA is pleased to announce that award-winning photographer, Joni Kabana, will highlight the graduation and deployment of the second class of the Hamlin College of Midwives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October.

“We are pleased to have a photographer of such high caliber visit The Hamlin College of Midwives and join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these new midwives along with telling their story as they prepare to return to their communities to improve maternal care in Ethiopia” said Hamlin Fistula USA Executive Director, Sarah Sagely Klotz.  “Joni has long been an advocate and champion for those suffering from obstetric fistula, her portrayal of Hamlin’s midwifery graduating class will only help to bring more awareness to our progress in maternal health and the need for more health care workers in rural areas.”

“It is a great honor to be invited to the 2011 Hamlin College of Midwives graduation celebration and to be asked to document this momentous occasion. I look forward to hearing more stories about the collective support that Ethiopian women have for their sisters, and how they are changing the landscape of hope for women in rural settings, one woman at a time. No one deserves to suffer from fistulae, and it will take a comprehensive understanding and unified level of support to help rural Ethiopian women remain healthy, happy and productive. It is my life’s goal to help tell these stories in hopes that we may all jointly respond to the dignified voices of these brave and resilient women.”

Joni Kabana background and bio:

Earlier this month Kabana’s work documenting emergency obstetrics in rural Ethiopia was chosen to be in the American Society of Media Photographers “Best of 2011″ project list.

She is a visual artist who first experienced her love of a still photograph when she picked up a camera at the age of eight. She loved talking her cousins into being her subjects so she could photograph them with her treasured Polaroid camera.

Joni graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Psychology, loving every second of her study of human behavior. She also holds post degree certification in computer programming and enjoyed an earlier career working on technical interactive projects.

She appreciates the success she has had with her love for imagery, and gives back to the community by balancing her creative commercial work with humanitarian non-profit projects. Her work with Mercy Corps in India and Nepal garnered the American Society of Media Photographer’s “Best of 2008” designation.

For further information please visit Joni Kabana’s website. Follow her travels on her blog.