April 20, 2012

Smoke in a Rice Paddy

Kaiping, 2010

Joining the meme communities at Weekend Reflection and Weekend in Black and White.

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I have almost reached my goal of raising enough funds on my blog to get two children to STOP working in the charcoal factory in the Manila squatter community called Ulingan and START going to school. I am so grateful to those who have contributed so far or have left words of care and encouragement.



Project PEARLS estimates there are 300+ school-aged children in Ulingan. Last year, 62 children were sponsored for kindergarten, elementary and secondary school scholarships. This year they aim to keep these children in school and send another 90+.

Can you chip in $5, $10, $20 or whatever to complete my drive? You can securely donate using the form on the top right sidebar.

Our few dollars added together to make this gift of education and hope will have an enormous impact on the future of these children.

You can read more about the children of Ulingan and the Project PEARLS scholarship program in my earlier posts (especially here and here) and much more directly on their website.

30 comments:

Scrappy Grams said...

unique reflection

Pat Tillett said...

I had such a hard time finding smoke! Then I saw it! Very clever of you. I love this photo. It could have been taken today, last month, or fifty years ago...

Tina G said...

wonderful pic :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Awesome reflection, artwork!
Hugs
Léia

Karen said...

Excellent in B&W!

Catherine said...

that picture is a stunning shot...

Gine said...

Excellente première photo ! Sujet, propos et reflet !

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic capture, Cisca!! Superb composition and what a terrific reflection for the day! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

joo said...

Great photo, Francisca!
Have a lovely weekend:)

HansHB said...

Great shot! It is a perfect post for B&W Weekend!
Have a nice Weekend!

Chrissy Brand said...

A great photo and I am full of admiration for your fund raising. It's inspiring!

Dianne said...

as a smoker I saw the ciagarette right away :)
stunning shot
reminds me of an album cover

your info about the children is heartbreaking yet hopeful

Halcyon said...

Fantastic black and white! Love the reflection too. :)

toko baju anak said...

Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

Dragonstar said...

Excellent photo - so well composed!

Rune K said...

A well composed reflection in black and white. Fascinating!

Laura said...

Francisca I haven't been by in such a long while...you photo is gorgeous and what a beautiful project to be involved in.

Carver said...

Fantastic black and white shot. The reflection is wonderful.

The work you're doing raising money for the children is so important and the shot of the child is very poignant.

JM said...

I love this b&w reflection shot! truly wonderful, Francisca.

I'm checking Project PEARLS now. There are so many people in this world needing help. It's just heartbreaking.

John said...

Love the reflection in the field.

Inger-M said...

A beautifully composed shot with a wonderful reflection!

James said...

Brilliant photo!

Michael said...

really terrific photo

Monica said...

Wow,-excellent reflections and composition!
:)

Ebie said...

Nice capture. LOL, no smoking restrictions like California.

michael bird said...

Very nice - expect that's done a lot though I must admit that I've never seen it before. Bravo.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

It's a wonderful composition made better with monochrome.

H said...

Wonderful reflection, made all the better by being black and white.

You're doing a great job with the sponsorship. Keep going :)

Vicki/Jake said...

So now I wonder how many butts are in the rice paddy:)

You'll be blessed for all your work helping these kids. You do know that, right? Ya, you will:)

xoxoxo

Hilda said...

The suit absolutely makes this photo!

This is the first time I've heard of Project PEARLS. I'll check it out. We are already supporting half a dozen various charities, but I know we can give a little more, especially for education (and especially education for females! long discussion there). Jose said it—the task to reduce poverty all over the world is just heartbreaking.