child of santa ana.....dani
Dani, in repose, has the heart-shaped face of a madonna. She lives in
the poverty stricken isolated rural community of Santa Ana, about an
hour outside Granada, accessible only by 4-wheel drive. There is no
public transportation. Most of the adults of Santa Ana are illiterate and
work in the fields or at other menial labour. There is a primary school
in Santa Ana and, with the mentoring support of the non-profit organ-
ization Empowerment International, education allows the children hope
for a brighter future, opportunity to break the relentless cycle of poverty.
and sincere thanks to Ken Lewis for the compassion of his poetic words
such a sad beauty
masked in melancholy
carrying the burden of poverty
within the eyes of Mary
and where are the angels
to rend this portrait
barren of hope and light?
and who will lift her eyes
from the depths
of her silent sighs?
who, if not you...
if not me...
if not our society?
all images in the "child of hope" series taken for Empowerment International