NEW Phodographer Patrick Firouzian in Mtito-Andey, Kenya, July 2010
Patrick volunteers as a video-photographer for Global Roots. Their mission is to empower local humanitarians. In Mtito-Andey they were working with the head nurse of a hospital when Patrick met some of the children who came to take their medicine. Patrick said “Some were with their parents, some with adoptive parents. It was very emotional for all our volunteers to meet orphans, some deprived from motherly and fatherly love and fighting with a deadly disease. We could see in their eyes that they knew exactly which situation they were in. I took some photos of the children and the puppy as part of Dog Meets World. Most of the children had an instant smile, were so curious, looking at it, playing with its ears. Some children were more reserved, weaken by their struggle. We all left the hospital with a heavy heart, and the strongest motivation ever, to immediately return to continue building the orphanage headquarters“.
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