Working with an NGO in Guatemala

Excited to be headed to Panajachel Guatemala in July to shoot for a great NGO called Mayan Families.
They’re based in the village of Panajachel which is on the banks of Lake Atitlan and they do amazing work with the indigenous people who live on the rural farms and in the mountains surrounding the lake. I’ll be working with their staff to photograph families and children who’s growth has been stunted due to malnutrition. I’ll also be beginning a story about the drought created by El Nino that has plagued the rural communities that has affected about 900,000 people. For hundreds of thousands of farmers in Guatemala, this year’s harvest is over before it has even begun. The fields in the east of the country are yellow, the ground bone-dry. People in this part of Guatemala are smallholders who grow corn and beans. Farmers go for weeks without any rain. They cultivate enough to provide food for their families and in a good year, they can grow surplus to sell or store, but after several difficult seasons, they have run out of stocks. The last stop will be Antigua to work on setting up a photo workshop for Holy Week in 2017._1040243SM