Hope by Larry Louie
© 2011 Larry Louie
      Juror's Comment

      From Deanne Fitzmaurice:
      "Beautiful, innocent portrait of a young girl severely injured as she fell into a fire, but also a feeling of hopefulness as one eye was saved. This photograph also sheds light on important work being done by NGOs."

      editor's note:
      'NGOs' stands for Non-Governmental Organizations

    • Title: Hope
    • Artist: Larry Louie
    • From: Edmonton, AB Canada

    • e-mail: larryylouie@shaw.ca
    • Phone: + 1 (780) 4881999
    • Website: www.larrylouie.com
    • Address: 10634-124 Street
      Edmonton, AB T5N1S3, Canada

    Artist Statement

    " As an optometrist and photographer, I am very concerned about the problem of blindness in the world. Over the next decade, the need for effective global blindness prevention and treatment is becoming urgent as the number of people in need rapidly outstrips the eye care services available. The number of blind people in the world is estimated to increase from 45 million today to 75 million by 2020. Disturbingly, two out of three blind people in the world are women and young girls, most living in developing countries where they have limited access to sight restoring services.

    “This little girl is one of the lucky ones. Injured by falling into a fire, her face was scarred for life. Instead of being left at home and deemed as useless, her family sought help and treatment for her at KCCO. One eye was saved and she received skin grafting surgery. At the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) in Tanzania, Seva Canada has partnered with a program founded by Dr. Paul Courtright and Dr. Susan Lewallen in 2001 - Helping Africa Help Themselves. Not only does KCCO provide outreach eye care programs to rural area, it has become a major teaching and research hospital and resource center for sub-Saharan Africa. Their program on gender equity is unparalleled in the region."