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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

her innocence

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




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Taken on October 20, 2008