In the last five years I´ve had the chance to work with some of the most important international NGOs and Humanitarian Organisations such as UNICEF, UNDP, USAID, WWF, CARE International, OXFAM in Asia as well as Latin America and the Middle East.

I’ve also been chosen by USAID as a photographer and videographer to create content for their recently developed multimedia platform “USAID STORIES“.

Below you can see a selection of some of my favourite pictures. For more details and material, please also visit RUOM Development.

November 30, 2013 - Lvea village, Seang kveang Commune - (Prey Veng). Ms Eam Pom (62) cuts organic rice with a sickle during a crop harvest in paddy field outside the community. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 30, 2013 – Lvea village, Seang kveang Commune – (Prey Veng). Ms Eam Pom (62) cuts organic rice with a sickle during a crop harvest in paddy field outside the community. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
October 30, 2013 – Teabanh Komrou Primary School (Siem Reap). Students line up before the beginning of the morning classes. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNICEF
October 30, 2013 – Teabanh Komrou Primary School (Siem Reap). Students line up before the beginning of the morning classes. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNICEF
February 04, 2014 - Ta Reach Village (Kampot). Ms. Rin Ren (30) recollects water from her dug well. This is her main source for potable water, but it's only available during the wet season . © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for SNV
February 04, 2014 – Ta Reach Village (Kampot). Ms. Rin Ren (30) recollects water from her dug well. This is her main source for potable water, but it’s only available during the wet season . © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for SNV
August 19, 2015 - Pis Village - Omlaing (Cambodia). Villagers from Pis Village at work in the plantation. During the raining season, workers are paid less than 3 USD a day to clean and fertilize the sugar canes. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for OXFAM Australia
August 19, 2015 – Pis Village – Omlaing (Cambodia). Villagers from Pis Village at work in the plantation. During the raining season, workers are paid less than 3 USD a day to clean and fertilize the sugar canes. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for OXFAM Australia
November 29, 2013 - Lvea village, Seang kveang Commune - (Prey Veng). Farm workers load organic rice into a threshing machine and collect the separated rice. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 29, 2013 – Lvea village, Seang kveang Commune – (Prey Veng). Farm workers load organic rice into a threshing machine and collect the separated rice. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 28, 2013 - Batheay village (Kompong Cham). Ms. So Yeou (50) received a tranining in sewing and she is now able to make some small incomes with this activity. She lost a leg when she stop on a landmine while she was working at her Bamboo farm. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 28, 2013 – Batheay village (Kompong Cham). Ms. So Yeou (50) received a tranining in sewing and she is now able to make some small incomes with this activity. She lost a leg when she stop on a landmine while she was working at her Bamboo farm. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 19, 2013 – Binauna village, Banke (Nepal). Laxmi Baishya has just given birth to her third child at the rural Binauna health post, in Banke District, Nepal. During the 8th month of her pregnancy, Jharana Kumari Tharu – a female community health volunteer in her ward – came to her home and counseled her on how a simple tube of chlorhexidine antiseptic gel, applied to her baby’s umbilical cord, could help prevent infection and even death. Now Jharana performs a routine check-up on mom and baby to make sure both are healthy. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 19, 2013 – Binauna village, Banke (Nepal). Laxmi Baishya has just given birth to her third child at the rural Binauna health post, in Banke District, Nepal. During the 8th month of her pregnancy, Jharana Kumari Tharu – a female community health volunteer in her ward – came to her home and counseled her on how a simple tube of chlorhexidine antiseptic gel, applied to her baby’s umbilical cord, could help prevent infection and even death. Now Jharana performs a routine check-up on mom and baby to make sure both are healthy. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID

CAIRO, EGYPT, October 11, 2015. High school students Azza [left], Nada [upper right] and Nourhan [lower right] attend a class at the USAID-supported Maadi STEM School for Girls in Cairo, Egypt. These students are part of an elite class of just 120 who apply and are admitted to the school each year. In every region of the world, women and girls are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math, denying them opportunities in education, entrepreneurship and finance that could help break the cycle of poverty. The worldwide average for women’s representation in these fields is only 30%, and women in developing countries are 25% less likely to be online than men. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
CAIRO, EGYPT, October 11, 2015. High school students Azza [left], Nada [upper right] and Nourhan [lower right] attend a class at the USAID-supported Maadi STEM School for Girls in Cairo, Egypt. These students are part of an elite class of just 120 who apply and are admitted to the school each year. In every region of the world, women and girls are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math, denying them opportunities in education, entrepreneurship and finance that could help break the cycle of poverty. The worldwide average for women’s representation in these fields is only 30%, and women in developing countries are 25% less likely to be online than men. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
29 September, 2015 – Ajloun (Jordan). Raghad and Ghusun line up in the courtyard of the school and sing the Jordanian national anthem before starting lessons. In Syria, Raghad [left] used to sit in the first row at school. When she came to Jordan, she was determined not to change that. Raghad has a special relationship with her father. He helps her study and find new solutions to homework problems. It’s through him that she was able to excel in Arabic. They spend hours together talking about literature and poetry. Ghusun [right] loves helping people and hopes to make that a career by becoming a doctor one day. For now, she enjoys studying a range of subjects, especially English, and spending time with her best friend, Raghad. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
29 September, 2015 – Ajloun (Jordan). Raghad and Ghusun line up in the courtyard of the school and sing the Jordanian national anthem before starting lessons. In Syria, Raghad [left] used to sit in the first row at school. When she came to Jordan, she was determined not to change that. Raghad has a special relationship with her father. He helps her study and find new solutions to homework problems. It’s through him that she was able to excel in Arabic. They spend hours together talking about literature and poetry. Ghusun [right] loves helping people and hopes to make that a career by becoming a doctor one day. For now, she enjoys studying a range of subjects, especially English, and spending time with her best friend, Raghad. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID

July 03, 2015 – Llano Grande (Honduras). Dina Bila Dominguez Sanchez, 42 (left) poses together with her sister-in-law Nora Clementina Hernandez Manueles and her sister Claudia Francisca Dominguez Sanchez. At her roadside restaurant and bakery, Dina and her extended family make 280 pieces of bread a day, almost all of which are sold by evening. She has steadily expanded her business with the help of the USAID program ACCESO, part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative. The program lifts families out of poverty and malnutrition, helping more than 30,000 rural households in six departments in western Honduras since 2011 by expanding job opportunities and introducing better agricultural practices. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
July 03, 2015 – Llano Grande (Honduras). Dina Bila Dominguez Sanchez, 42 (left) poses together with her sister-in-law Nora Clementina Hernandez Manueles and her sister Claudia Francisca Dominguez Sanchez. At her roadside restaurant and bakery, Dina and her extended family make 280 pieces of bread a day, almost all of which are sold by evening. She has steadily expanded her business with the help of the USAID program ACCESO, part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative. The program lifts families out of poverty and malnutrition, helping more than 30,000 rural households in six departments in western Honduras since 2011 by expanding job opportunities and introducing better agricultural practices. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 23, 2015: Isla de la Amargura, Caceres, Antioquia (Colombia): Jose Blanquiceth is a Colombian farmer living on a small island only reachable by motorboat. In this community of only 300 residents, Jose grows bananas and cacao in a small plot alongside his home, which he shares with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Jose is a beneficiary of a USAID program that aims to give farmers in coca-growing areas alternatives to the illegal drug trade – which is lucrative, but incredibly dangerous. Jose says that the cacao program helps him support his family. He can make around $300-$400 per month harvesting cacao and selling it to a local growers’ association. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 23, 2015: Isla de la Amargura, Caceres, Antioquia (Colombia): Jose Blanquiceth is a Colombian farmer living on a small island only reachable by motorboat. In this community of only 300 residents, Jose grows bananas and cacao in a small plot alongside his home, which he shares with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Jose is a beneficiary of a USAID program that aims to give farmers in coca-growing areas alternatives to the illegal drug trade – which is lucrative, but incredibly dangerous. Jose says that the cacao program helps him support his family. He can make around $300-$400 per month harvesting cacao and selling it to a local growers’ association. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
April 8, 2014 - Stung Treng (Cambodia). Mr. Teng Leang works as a river guard and boat driver, and occasionally bring tourists to see the Irrawaddy dolphins. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for WWF-UK
April 8, 2014 – Stung Treng (Cambodia). Mr. Teng Leang works as a river guard and boat driver, and occasionally bring tourists to see the Irrawaddy dolphins. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for WWF-UK
August 19, 2014 - Kandal (Cambodia). Amanda Vanstone (Vision 2020's Chair and previous Minister of Parliament), Jennifer Gersbeck (Vision 2020 Australia’s CEO) and David Andrews (RANZCO's CEO) visit an activity related to the Avoidable Blindness Initiative in a village in the outskirts of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for RANZO
August 19, 2014 – Kandal (Cambodia). Amanda Vanstone (Vision 2020’s Chair and previous Minister of Parliament), Jennifer Gersbeck (Vision 2020 Australia’s CEO) and David Andrews (RANZCO’s CEO) visit an activity related to the Avoidable Blindness
Initiative in a village in the outskirts of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for RANZO
February 20, 2015 - Ilobasco (El Salvador). Police officers from the Violence Prevention Division during a patrol through the streets of Ilobasco. On these foot patrols, the officers will visit around 15 houses in an eight-hour shift, getting to know residents, explaining their efforts and attempting to earn their trust. USAID supports community policing in El Salvador as part of its efforts to reduce crime in one of the most violence-prone countries in the Western Hemisphere. “When we do the street patrols, we have a lot of contact with citizens. People tell us their problems. And we help them in whatever way we can,” says Hernández Reynosa. Community policing is a new tactic for El Salvador, where tensions run high between law enforcement and residents caught in the crosshairs of gang activity. In the areas where community policing has been implemented in pilot programs, murder and robbery rates decreased by around a third, while confidence in the police has risen. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 20, 2015 – Ilobasco (El Salvador). Police officers from the Violence Prevention Division during a patrol through the streets of Ilobasco. On these foot patrols, the officers will visit around 15 houses in an eight-hour shift, getting to know residents, explaining their efforts and attempting to earn their trust. USAID supports community policing in El Salvador as part of its efforts to reduce crime in one of the most violence-prone countries in the Western Hemisphere. “When we do the street patrols, we have a lot of contact with citizens. People tell us their problems. And we help them in whatever way we can,” says Hernández Reynosa. Community policing is a new tactic for El Salvador, where tensions run high between law enforcement and residents caught in the crosshairs of gang activity. In the areas where community policing has been implemented in pilot programs, murder and robbery rates decreased by around a third, while confidence in the police has risen. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 29, 2013 - Lvea village, Seang kveang Commune - (Prey Veng). A farmer dries rice grains after they have been separated with a threshing machine. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 29, 2013 – Lvea village, Seang kveang Commune – (Prey Veng). A farmer dries rice grains after they have been separated with a threshing machine. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
March 21, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Som Bunnarith and his wife pose after the job interview with The National Centre of Disabled Persons. Bunnarith was attacked with acid by her own wife in 2005 and he now has to rely on her in order to survive. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 21, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Som Bunnarith and his wife pose after the job interview with The National Centre of Disabled Persons. Bunnarith was attacked with acid by her own wife in 2005 and he now has to rely on her in order to survive. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
LUXOR, EGYPT - OCTOBER 6, 2015. Egyptian archeologists Ali Mohammad Ahmed Ibrahim and Sa’ad Bakhit Abd-El-Hafez oversee excavations at the Qurna dig site on the West Bank of the Nile. Here, hundreds of ancient Egyptian nobles were laid to rest in tombs dating back as far as 4,500 years ago. Over the last century, Qurna also became home to the living as modern Egyptians moved on top of and even inside the tombs, adding a new layer of their own archaeological history. Residents would often open their home to tourists and use the tombs—not just for shelter—but also for income. Since 2007, the Government of Egypt - in an effort to preserve the tombs - resettled Qurna's residents to nearby villages. Unfortunately, in the move villagers not only left behind the tombs they called home but, in many cases, their livelihoods as well. As part of a USAID-funded project, the American Research Center in Egypt, or ARCE, has hired more than 500 local villagers to return to Qurna to remove rubble and improve the site so it can be preserved and opened for official tourism. Each season at Qurna, several Egyptian ministry employees also receive on-the-job training in conservation documentation and archaeological excavation. In Luxor and throughout Egypt, USAID invests in projects that preserve Egypt’s unique cultural heritage and boost the local economy. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
LUXOR, EGYPT – OCTOBER 6, 2015. Egyptian archeologists Ali Mohammad Ahmed Ibrahim and Sa’ad Bakhit Abd-El-Hafez oversee excavations at the Qurna dig site on the West Bank of the Nile. Here, hundreds of ancient Egyptian nobles were laid to rest in tombs dating back as far as 4,500 years ago. Over the last century, Qurna also became home to the living as modern Egyptians moved on top of and even inside the tombs, adding a new layer of their own archaeological history. Residents would often open their home to tourists and use the tombs—not just for shelter—but also for income. Since 2007, the Government of Egypt – in an effort to preserve the tombs – resettled Qurna’s residents to nearby villages. Unfortunately, in the move villagers not only left behind the tombs they called home but, in many cases, their livelihoods as well. As part of a USAID-funded project, the American Research Center in Egypt, or ARCE, has hired more than 500 local villagers to return to Qurna to remove rubble and improve the site so it can be preserved and opened for official tourism. Each season at Qurna, several Egyptian ministry employees also receive on-the-job training in conservation documentation and archaeological excavation. In Luxor and throughout Egypt, USAID invests in projects that preserve Egypt’s unique cultural heritage and boost the local economy. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
AMMAN, JORDAN - OCTOBER 1, 2015: Maria (left) and her cousin Athari (right), are Syrian students at Khawla Bint Tha’laba Primary Girls School, a USAID-supported school located in an Amman suburb. They are one of around 65 Syrian students attending the USAID-supported school, which operates out of a rented building and struggles to accommodate the influx of refugees. In spite of the overcrowding, this school boasts a principal who is committed to accepting students, with one request for the parents: “Please bring a chair with you.” Overall in Jordan, around 128,000 new Syrian students are crowding already overburdened classrooms. Teachers, struggling to achieve basic levels of proficiency in their classes, have the added burden of trying to accommodate and integrate new students who have suffered unthinkable trauma and may need special counseling and care. USAID supports schools like this across Jordan by providing teacher training and by developing an early grade reading and math diagnostic tool. The agency also builds and refurbishes schools throughout the country. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
AMMAN, JORDAN – OCTOBER 1, 2015: Maria (left) and her cousin Athari (right), are Syrian students at Khawla Bint Tha’laba Primary Girls School, a USAID-supported school located in an Amman suburb. They are one of around 65 Syrian students attending the USAID-supported school, which operates out of a rented building and struggles to accommodate the influx of refugees. In spite of the overcrowding, this school boasts a principal who is committed to accepting students, with one request for the parents: “Please bring a chair with you.” Overall in Jordan, around 128,000 new Syrian students are crowding already overburdened classrooms. Teachers, struggling to achieve basic levels of proficiency in their classes, have the added burden of trying to accommodate and integrate new students who have suffered unthinkable trauma and may need special counseling and care. USAID supports schools like this across Jordan by providing teacher training and by developing an early grade reading and math diagnostic tool. The agency also builds and refurbishes schools throughout the country. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 26, 2015 - Cartagena (Colombia). Tania Duarte, a 23-year-old philosophy student and trans activist for the LGBT rights group Caribe Afirmativo, gets dressed at her home in Cartagena, Colombia. Tania is the first trans person to study at Cartagena University. “This is a racist and machista city,” she explains. “We are still seen as sick, socially maladjusted, and with psychological problems. And this goes hand in hand with the stereotype that we can only be prostitutes or hairdressers.” When she is not studying, Duarte works for Caribe Afirmativo, which was founded in 2007 after the violent murder of the college professor and LGBT rights activist Rolando Peréz. The group documents cases of abuse against the LGBT population, trains law enforcement and policy officials on human rights, and fights so that those who commit crimes against LGBT persons are brought to justice. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 26, 2015 – Cartagena (Colombia). Tania Duarte, a 23-year-old philosophy student and trans activist for the LGBT rights group Caribe Afirmativo, gets dressed at her home in Cartagena, Colombia. Tania is the first trans person to study at Cartagena University. “This is a racist and machista city,” she explains. “We are still seen as sick, socially maladjusted, and with psychological problems. And this goes hand in hand with the stereotype that we can only be prostitutes or hairdressers.” When she is not studying, Duarte works for Caribe Afirmativo, which was founded in 2007 after the violent murder of the college professor and LGBT rights activist Rolando Peréz. The group documents cases of abuse against the LGBT population, trains law enforcement and policy officials on human rights, and fights so that those who commit crimes against LGBT persons are brought to justice. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
July 03, 2015 - Llano Grande (Honduras). At her roadside restaurant and bakery in rural Honduras, Dina Bila Dominguez Sanchez, 42, together with her sister and sister-in-law make 280 pieces of bread a day, almost all of which are sold by evening. The three of them spend hours kneading dough, slamming it on the table, taming it into obedience, pushing and pulling until it is well blended. “This is how you get strong muscles,” Dina said. She first learned to make bread from her mom and aunt. For many generations, the family has made bread -- but not as many varieties -- and before they lived in Sorto, an area where few people passed by. Her home and business now is in a prime location. Dina has steadily expanded her business with the help of the USAID program ACCESO, part of the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
July 03, 2015 – Llano Grande (Honduras). At her roadside restaurant and bakery in rural Honduras, Dina Bila Dominguez Sanchez, 42, together with her sister and sister-in-law make 280 pieces of bread a day, almost all of which are sold by evening. The three of them spend hours kneading dough, slamming it on the table, taming it into obedience, pushing and pulling until it is well blended. “This is how you get strong muscles,” Dina said. She first learned to make bread from her mom and aunt. For many generations, the family has made bread — but not as many varieties — and before they lived in Sorto, an area where few people passed by. Her home and business now is in a prime location. Dina has steadily expanded her business with the help of the USAID program ACCESO, part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 17, 2014 - Ugratara village, Kathamandu (Nepal). Gita Kunwar is a 36-year-old Female Community Health Volunteer in Ugratara Janagall village, in the Kathmandu Valley. She is one of roughly 50,000 health volunteers tasked with encouraging better health behaviors among Nepal’s underserved populations, including expectant and new mothers. One of the most important behaviors that Gita helps promote is the use of a chlorahexidine antiseptic gel that is applied to the umbilical cords of newborns throughout the country after birth to prevent infection and newborn death. USAID has been a major supporter of every step of the chlorahexidine program over the past decade, from the early stage trials, conducted by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and development, to the current scale-up across Nepal being implemented by JSI and the Nepal government Ministry of Health and Population. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 17, 2014 – Ugratara village, Kathamandu (Nepal). Gita Kunwar is a 36-year-old Female Community Health Volunteer in Ugratara Janagall village, in the Kathmandu Valley. She is one of roughly 50,000 health volunteers tasked with encouraging better health behaviors among Nepal’s underserved populations, including expectant and new mothers. One of the most important behaviors that Gita helps promote is the use of a chlorahexidine antiseptic gel that is applied to the umbilical cords of newborns throughout the country after birth to prevent infection and newborn death. USAID has been a major supporter of every step of the chlorahexidine program over the past decade, from the early stage trials, conducted by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and development, to the current scale-up across Nepal being implemented by JSI and the Nepal government Ministry of Health and Population. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
October 14, 2014 - Tram Chim (Vietnam). A woman harvests vegetables and aquatic plants inside the National Park. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for WWF
October 14, 2014 – Tram Chim (Vietnam). A woman harvests vegetables and aquatic plants inside the National Park. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for WWF
November 29, 2013 - Peam Jheang village (Kampong Cham). Manual laborers in a rubber plantation inside an Economic Land Concession. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 29, 2013 – Peam Jheang village (Kampong Cham). Manual laborers in a rubber plantation inside an Economic Land Concession. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
February 20, 2015 - Ilobasco (El Salvador). Children in Ilobasco, El Salvador practice soccer, one of several activities available to them at the USAID-supported Miranda Outreach Center where they can learn, play and socialize in a safe environment, away from the gang violence that plagues the community. “Soccer here, it’s very effective,” says Kevin, the center’s 17-year old volunteer soccer coach. “If kids were more involved in this maybe they would not be thinking about gangs and bad stuff.” Across El Salvador and Central America, USAID supports outreach centers as one way to address the insecurity and lack of options that can cause migrations to the United States, including a recent wave of around 50,000 minors who left in the summer of 2014. These centers give youth from Central America’s most violent communities a peaceful place to do homework, use the computer, study English or play sports. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 20, 2015 – Ilobasco (El Salvador). Children in Ilobasco, El Salvador practice soccer, one of several activities available to them at the USAID-supported Miranda Outreach Center where they can learn, play and socialize in a safe environment, away from the gang violence that plagues the community. “Soccer here, it’s very effective,” says Kevin, the center’s 17-year old volunteer soccer coach. “If kids were more involved in this maybe they would not be thinking about gangs and bad stuff.” Across El Salvador and Central America, USAID supports outreach centers as one way to address the insecurity and lack of options that can cause migrations to the United States, including a recent wave of around 50,000 minors who left in the summer of 2014. These centers give youth from Central America’s most violent communities a peaceful place to do homework, use the computer, study English or play sports. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 20, 2015 - Ilobasco (El Salvador). Police officer Sandra Elizabeth Hernández Reynosa plays with students at El Barreal school in Ilobasco, El Salvador. As a community police officer, Sandra works extensively with young people, making regular visits to the community’s schools, and even teaching summer school as part of a USAID-supported pilot program. “In the street, they will only find bad company. They are vulnerable,” she says. “It’s one of the reasons they join gangs.” Because Latin American and Caribbean youth are the main perpetrators of crime, USAID supports community policing programs that help to build trust between at-risk communities and law enforcement. “Kids are the future of our country,” says Hernández Reynosa. “If we start with them, I’m sure we will have a country free of of violence and without so much prejudice.” © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 20, 2015 – Ilobasco (El Salvador). Police officer Sandra Elizabeth Hernández Reynosa plays with students at El Barreal school in Ilobasco, El Salvador. As a community police officer, Sandra works extensively with young people, making regular visits to the community’s schools, and even teaching summer school as part of a USAID-supported pilot program. “In the street, they will only find bad company. They are vulnerable,” she says. “It’s one of the reasons they join gangs.” Because Latin American and Caribbean youth are the main perpetrators of crime, USAID supports community policing programs that help to build trust between at-risk communities and law enforcement. “Kids are the future of our country,” says Hernández Reynosa. “If we start with them, I’m sure we will have a country free of of violence and without so much prejudice.” © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
June 28, 2015 - Cofadía (Honduras). At a community street fair in Cofradia, a town in northwestern Honduras, there was a bouncy castle, BMX, skating and soccer. Members of the youth group Skate Brothers put on a performance, showing off their daring tricks. The group, which consists of about 50 kids who learn rollerblading, skateboarding, breakdancing and BMX, was founded out of a USAID youth outreach center to guide youth away from gangs and drugs. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
June 28, 2015 – Cofadía (Honduras). At a community street fair in Cofradia, a town in northwestern Honduras, there was a bouncy castle, BMX, skating and soccer. Members of the youth group Skate Brothers put on a performance, showing off their daring tricks. The group, which consists of about 50 kids who learn rollerblading, skateboarding, breakdancing and BMX, was founded out of a USAID youth outreach center to guide youth away from gangs and drugs. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
AMMAN, JORDAN - OCTOBER 1, 2015: Maha al Ashqar is the principal of Khawla Bint Tha’laba Primary Girls School in a suburb of Amman Jordan. The school, which has 356 students, hosts around 65 Syrian students—many of whom have fled violence and destruction in their country to live as refugees in Jordan. Although her school struggles with overcrowding, Al Ashqar is committed to accepting students. She also recounts this powerful anecdote: A few months after school started this year, a Syrian mother arrived at the front gates asking to enroll her daughter. The women at reception apologized, “There is no way. This school is full.” The mother was crestfallen. She asked to see the principal and was directed to Al Ashqar. And as she has done so many times before, the principal told the mother that, of course, she would enroll her daughter. But she had one request, “Please bring a chair.” “This touched me,” Al Ashqar explains. “I saw the tears of many mothers, and it was impossible to tell them that we had no room, to try somewhere else. I told them, just bring a chair with you, even if it’s a small plastic chair, and we will make do.” © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
AMMAN, JORDAN – OCTOBER 1, 2015:
Maha al Ashqar is the principal of Khawla Bint Tha’laba Primary Girls School in a suburb of Amman Jordan. The school, which has 356 students, hosts around 65 Syrian students—many of whom have fled violence and destruction in their country to live as refugees in Jordan. Although her school struggles with overcrowding, Al Ashqar is committed to accepting students. She also recounts this powerful anecdote: A few months after school started this year, a Syrian mother arrived at the front gates asking to enroll her daughter. The women at reception apologized, “There is no way. This school is full.” The mother was crestfallen. She asked to see the principal and was directed to Al Ashqar. And as she has done so many times before, the principal told the mother that, of course, she would enroll her daughter. But she had one request, “Please bring a chair.” “This touched me,” Al Ashqar explains. “I saw the tears of many mothers, and it was impossible to tell them that we had no room, to try somewhere else. I told them, just bring a chair with you, even if it’s a small plastic chair, and we will make do.” © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
July 01, 2015 - San Pedro Sula (Honduras). Odalis Fernanda Triminio Leiva, 26, helps her daugther Fergie with her homework. Odalys runs a small pastry shop out of her home in the Rio Blanco community. She started the business after receiving training from USAID’s Metas workforce development program. She bakes cakes and donuts -- her specialty is tres leches, and finds customers by promoting her business on social networks and among her friends. The small business is helping bring in money to support her family -- her husband, David, 33, their daughter, Fergie, 7, and a second child yet to be born. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
July 01, 2015 – San Pedro Sula (Honduras). Odalis Fernanda Triminio Leiva, 26, helps her daugther Fergie with her homework. Odalys runs a small pastry shop out of her home in the Rio Blanco community. She started the business after receiving training from USAID’s Metas workforce development program. She bakes cakes and donuts — her specialty is tres leches, and finds customers by promoting her business on social networks and among her friends. The small business is helping bring in money to support her family — her husband, David, 33, their daughter, Fergie, 7, and a second child yet to be born. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
October 10, 2013 - Koh Prake Village (Kandal). The village is completed flooded with 2m of water. Heavy rains starting in the third week of September 2013 resulted in floods in 20 provinces throughout the north-west and along the Mekong River in central and southern Cambodia, killing 188 people and affecting more than 1.7 million. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
October 10, 2013 – Koh Prake Village (Kandal). The village is completed flooded with 2m of water. Heavy rains starting in the third week of September 2013 resulted in floods in 20 provinces throughout the north-west and along the Mekong River in central and southern Cambodia, killing 188 people and affecting more than 1.7 million. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
29 September, 2015 - Ajloun (Jordan). High atop Mt ‘Auf sits Ajloun Castle, a 12th century Muslim historic site with views of the Jordan Valley. You can see the castle from Anjara Elementary School where Raghad and Ghusun, both 14, met and became friends. To Raghad, who left so much behind when her family escaped Syria, her friendship with Ghusun means everything. “I love my friends just the same way that I love my sisters and family.” Ghusun agrees. “You can even share many things with your friend that you cannot share with your family.” © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
29 September, 2015 – Ajloun (Jordan).
High atop Mt ‘Auf sits Ajloun Castle, a 12th century Muslim historic site with views of the Jordan Valley. You can see the castle from Anjara Elementary School where Raghad and Ghusun, both 14, met and became friends. To Raghad, who left so much behind when her family escaped Syria, her friendship with Ghusun means everything. “I love my friends just the same way that I love my sisters and family.” Ghusun agrees. “You can even share many things with your friend that you cannot share with your family.” © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, MAY 11, 2016 - Ruben Robinson plays soccer with some of the kids of his neighborhood. Robinson is a 36-year-old community activist from the Canterbury neighborhood of Montego Bay, Jamaica - one of the most violent communities in the Western Hemisphere. Ruben got into gang life from an early age, pushed, he says, by poverty and a difficult home life. “When I was 9 I started smoking weed. When I was 13 I started using guns,” he says. “Things got so wild, we started killing just to earn our money.” As he grew older, Robinson became a notorious Canterbury criminal and spent time in jail. Though Robinson long wanted to leave gang life, his turning point came in 2013 when he was approached to participate in a program supported by the Government of Jamaica to engages at-risk youth with positive and productive activities rather than illicit ones. He soon after became a violence interrupter, working with members of his community to prevent criminal activity. Violence interrupters are often the first line of defense in high-crime neighbors. They are chosen because they have the credibility needed to affect change. USAID helped develop the community-based policing program in Jamaica and has worked with Jamaican authorities to pilot it as part of its Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. It is based on a successful Chicago model that is used in several American cities to combat crime. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, MAY 11, 2016 – Ruben Robinson plays soccer with some of the kids of his neighborhood. Robinson is a 36-year-old community activist from the Canterbury neighborhood of Montego Bay, Jamaica – one of the most violent communities in the Western Hemisphere. Ruben got into gang life from an early age, pushed, he says, by poverty and a difficult home life. “When I was 9 I started smoking weed. When I was 13 I started using guns,” he says. “Things got so wild, we started killing just to earn our money.” As he grew older, Robinson became a notorious Canterbury criminal and spent time in jail. Though Robinson long wanted to leave gang life, his turning point came in 2013 when he was approached to participate in a program supported by the Government of Jamaica to engages at-risk youth with positive and productive activities rather than illicit ones. He soon after became a violence interrupter, working with members of his community to prevent criminal activity. Violence interrupters are often the first line of defense in high-crime neighbors. They are chosen because they have the credibility needed to affect change. USAID helped develop the community-based policing program in Jamaica and has worked with Jamaican authorities to pilot it as part of its Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. It is based on a successful Chicago model that is used in several American cities to combat crime. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
LUXOR, EGYPT - OCTOBER 6, 2015. For eight years—until the tourist downturn following the January 25 Revolution in 2011—Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Hassan worked as a chef at local restaurants. But today, he supports his wife and two children as a day laborer at the Qurna archeological dig site on the West Bank of the Nile. “It’s tough work, but I have adjusted my lifestyle,” he says. The site was also home to modern Egyptians for over a century until 2007, when the Government of Egypt - in an effort to preserve the tombs - began resettling Qurna residents to nearby villages. As part of a USAID project to preserve Egypt’s cultural heritage while also boosting the local economy, the American Research Center in Egypt, or ARCE, has hired more than 500 local villagers to remove rubble left from the demolition and improve the site for official tourism. Before 2011, Luxor had a thriving tourism industry, with thousands of visitors every day combing through Luxor’s ancient temples. Now only a few hundred make the visit. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
LUXOR, EGYPT – OCTOBER 6, 2015. For eight years—until the tourist downturn following the January 25 Revolution in 2011—Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Hassan worked as a chef at local restaurants. But today, he supports his wife and two children as a day laborer at the Qurna archeological dig site on the West Bank of the Nile. “It’s tough work, but I have adjusted my lifestyle,” he says. The site was also home to modern Egyptians for over a century until 2007, when the Government of Egypt – in an effort to preserve the tombs – began resettling Qurna residents to nearby villages. As part of a USAID project to preserve Egypt’s cultural heritage while also boosting the local economy, the American Research Center in Egypt, or ARCE, has hired more than 500 local villagers to remove rubble left from the demolition and improve the site for official tourism. Before 2011, Luxor had a thriving tourism industry, with thousands of visitors every day combing through Luxor’s ancient temples. Now only a few hundred make the visit. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 28, 2013 - Sterng Chey Commune (Kompong Cham). Mr En Noy (55) rides his bycicle on the way back to his home. He was a soldier during the war and he lost a leg as the conseguence of a bullet. Nowadays he has a small bike repair shop in the village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 28, 2013 – Sterng Chey Commune (Kompong Cham). Mr En Noy (55) rides his bycicle on the way back to his home. He was a soldier during the war and he lost a leg as the conseguence of a bullet. Nowadays he has a small bike repair shop in the village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
October 8, 2015 - Esna (Egypt). Eighteen-year-old Doaa Mohamed Bakr is one of the first female entrepreneurs her village has ever known. In July 2015, she was among 92 high school students from all over southern Egypt to win a USAID-sponsored entrepreneurship competition. Doaa bought 140 ducklings with nearly $200 in startup capital awarded through the competition. And with that, she became the owner of her very own duck farming business. “My dream is to expand this project, and have a big barn,” Doaa says, “My advice and message to girls my age is that they should start with this project. You’ll become a great business woman and make your dad and mum proud.” Doaa’s high school is one of 10 agricultural technical schools that USAID supports as part of a strategy to boost economic growth by increasing productivity and employability of Egypt’s youth. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
October 8, 2015 – Esna (Egypt). Eighteen-year-old Doaa Mohamed Bakr is one of the first female entrepreneurs her village has ever known. In July 2015, she was among 92 high school students from all over southern Egypt to win a USAID-sponsored entrepreneurship competition. Doaa bought 140 ducklings with nearly $200 in startup capital awarded through the competition. And with that, she became the owner of her very own duck farming business. “My dream is to expand this project, and have a big barn,” Doaa says, “My advice and message to girls my age is that they should start with this project. You’ll become a great business woman and make your dad and mum proud.” Doaa’s high school is one of 10 agricultural technical schools that USAID supports as part of a strategy to boost economic growth by increasing productivity and employability of Egypt’s youth. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 18, 2014 - Nepalganj (Nepal). A mother with her new born baby inside the post-natal ward at Nepal’s Nepalganj Medical College & Teaching Hospital. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 18, 2014 – Nepalganj (Nepal). A mother with her new born baby inside the post-natal ward at Nepal’s Nepalganj Medical College & Teaching Hospital. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
CAIRO, EGYPT, October 11, 2015. High school students attend a chemistry class at the USAID-supported Maadi STEM School for Girls in Cairo, Egypt. These students are part of an elite class of just 120 who apply and are admitted to the school each year. In every region of the world, women and girls are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math, denying them opportunities in education, entrepreneurship and finance that could help break the cycle of poverty. The worldwide average for women’s representation in these fields is only 30%, and women in developing countries are 25% less likely to be online than men. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
CAIRO, EGYPT, October 11, 2015. High school students attend a chemistry class at the USAID-supported Maadi STEM School for Girls in Cairo, Egypt. These students are part of an elite class of just 120 who apply and are admitted to the school each year. In every region of the world, women and girls are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math, denying them opportunities in education, entrepreneurship and finance that could help break the cycle of poverty. The worldwide average for women’s representation in these fields is only 30%, and women in developing countries are 25% less likely to be online than men. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
LLANO GRANDE, HONDURAS -- JULY 03, 2015: At her roadside restaurant and bakery, Dina Bila Dominguez Sanchez, 42, and her extended family make 280 pieces of bread a day, almost all of which are sold by evening. She has steadily expanded her business with the help of the USAID program ACCESO, part of the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative. The program lifts families out of poverty and malnutrition, helping more than 30,000 rural households in six departments in western Honduras since 2011 by expanding job opportunities and introducing better agricultural practices. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
LLANO GRANDE, HONDURAS — JULY 03, 2015: At her roadside restaurant and bakery, Dina Bila Dominguez Sanchez, 42, and her extended family make 280 pieces of bread a day, almost all of which are sold by evening. She has steadily expanded her business with the help of the USAID program ACCESO, part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative. The program lifts families out of poverty and malnutrition, helping more than 30,000 rural households in six departments in western Honduras since 2011 by expanding job opportunities and introducing better agricultural practices. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 26, 2015 - Cartagena (Colombia). Tania Duarte, a student and trans activist for the group Caribe Afirmativo, talks with police officers in Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. With support from USAID, Caribe Afirmativo works with many sectors of society to try to improve the safety and well-being of members of the LGBT community, including improving their relationship with police. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 26, 2015 – Cartagena (Colombia). Tania Duarte, a student and trans activist for the group Caribe Afirmativo, talks with police officers in Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. With support from USAID, Caribe Afirmativo works with many sectors of society to try to improve the safety and well-being of members of the LGBT community, including improving their relationship with police. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
COFRADIA, HONDURAS -- JUNE 27, 2015: Jessel Edgardo Recinos, 24, leads a youth group called Skate Brothers, caring for the members -- some of whom are orphans -- as if they were his own children. The group consists of about 50 kids who learn rollerblading, skateboarding, breakdancing and BMX and put on performances. Jessel formed the group after volunteering at one of USAID’s youth outreach centers. The centers, established in some of Honduras’s most dangerous neighborhoods, provide youth with a safe space and keep them away from gangs and drugs. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
COFRADIA, HONDURAS — JUNE 27, 2015: Jessel Edgardo Recinos, 24, leads a youth group called Skate Brothers, caring for the members — some of whom are orphans — as if they were his own children. The group consists of about 50 kids who learn rollerblading, skateboarding, breakdancing and BMX and put on performances. Jessel formed the group after volunteering at one of USAID’s youth outreach centers. The centers, established in some of Honduras’s most dangerous neighborhoods, provide youth with a safe space and keep them away from gangs and drugs. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
19 December, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Ms. Seang Saorn (40) cooks with a traditional wooden stove in her small house in Stung Manchey district. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for SNV
19 December, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Ms. Seang Saorn (40) cooks with a traditional wooden stove in her small house in Stung Manchey district. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for SNV
November 19, 2013 - Binauna village, Banke (Nepal). Jharana Kumari Tharu dresses her up with the blue sari that identities the female health volunteers. Jharana is a 23-year-old female community health volunteer in Binauna village, in Nepal’s Banke District. As part of her training, she councils expectant mothers and their families on how to properly care for an infant’s umbilical cord after birth, which includes applying a chlorahexidine antiseptic gel on the stump. This simple life-saving intervention, which is supported by USAID and partner JSI throughout Nepal, has been shown to reduce infant mortality by roughly one third. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 19, 2013 – Binauna village, Banke (Nepal). Jharana Kumari Tharu dresses her up with the blue sari that identities the female health volunteers. Jharana is a 23-year-old female community health volunteer in Binauna village, in Nepal’s Banke District. As part of her training, she councils expectant mothers and their families on how to properly care for an infant’s umbilical cord after birth, which includes applying a chlorahexidine antiseptic gel on the stump. This simple life-saving intervention, which is supported by USAID and partner JSI throughout Nepal, has been shown to reduce infant mortality by roughly one third. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, MAY 11, 2016 - Ruben Robinson reaches out a group of youth attending a governamental school. Robinson is a 36-year-old community activist from the Canterbury neighborhood of Montego Bay, Jamaica - one of the most violent communities in the Western Hemisphere. Ruben got into gang life from an early age, pushed, he says, by poverty and a difficult home life. “When I was 9 I started smoking weed. When I was 13 I started using guns,” he says. “Things got so wild, we started killing just to earn our money.” As he grew older, Robinson became a notorious Canterbury criminal and spent time in jail. Though Robinson long wanted to leave gang life, his turning point came in 2013 when he was approached to participate in a program supported by the Government of Jamaica to engages at-risk youth with positive and productive activities rather than illicit ones. He soon after became a violence interrupter, working with members of his community to prevent criminal activity. Violence interrupters are often the first line of defense in high-crime neighbors. They are chosen because they have the credibility needed to affect change. USAID helped develop the community-based policing program in Jamaica and has worked with Jamaican authorities to pilot it as part of its Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. It is based on a successful Chicago model that is used in several American cities to combat crime. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, MAY 11, 2016 – Ruben Robinson reaches out a group of youth attending a governamental school. Robinson is a 36-year-old community activist from the Canterbury neighborhood of Montego Bay, Jamaica – one of the most violent communities in the Western Hemisphere. Ruben got into gang life from an early age, pushed, he says, by poverty and a difficult home life. “When I was 9 I started smoking weed. When I was 13 I started using guns,” he says. “Things got so wild, we started killing just to earn our money.” As he grew older, Robinson became a notorious Canterbury criminal and spent time in jail. Though Robinson long wanted to leave gang life, his turning point came in 2013 when he was approached to participate in a program supported by the Government of Jamaica to engages at-risk youth with positive and productive activities rather than illicit ones. He soon after became a violence interrupter, working with members of his community to prevent criminal activity. Violence interrupters are often the first line of defense in high-crime neighbors. They are chosen because they have the credibility needed to affect change. USAID helped develop the community-based policing program in Jamaica and has worked with Jamaican authorities to pilot it as part of its Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. It is based on a successful Chicago model that is used in several American cities to combat crime. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 28, 2013 - Tropeang Cha village (Kompong Cham). Mr. Kan Sokhen (43) repairs a bicycle in his small repair shop. He was a soldier until 1987 when he lost a leg when he stop over a land mine. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 28, 2013 – Tropeang Cha village (Kompong Cham). Mr. Kan Sokhen (43) repairs a bicycle in his small repair shop. He was a soldier until 1987 when he lost a leg when he stop over a land mine. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
COFRADIA, HONDURAS -- JUNE 28, 2015: At a community street fair in Cofradia, a town in northwestern Honduras, there was a bouncy castle, BMX, skating and soccer. Members of the youth group Skate Brothers put on a performance, showing off their daring tricks. The group, which consists of about 50 kids who learn rollerblading, skateboarding, breakdancing and BMX, was founded out of a USAID youth outreach center to guide youth away from gangs and drugs. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
COFRADIA, HONDURAS — JUNE 28, 2015: At a community street fair in Cofradia, a town in northwestern Honduras, there was a bouncy castle, BMX, skating and soccer. Members of the youth group Skate Brothers put on a performance, showing off their daring tricks. The group, which consists of about 50 kids who learn rollerblading, skateboarding, breakdancing and BMX, was founded out of a USAID youth outreach center to guide youth away from gangs and drugs. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 23, 2015: Isla de la Amargura, Caceres, Antioquia (Colombia). Jose Blanquiceth cuts the cocoa pods to extract the wet beans. Jose is a Colombian farmer living on a small island only reachable by motorboat. In this community of only 300 residents, Jose grows bananas and cacao in a small plot alongside his home, which he shares with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Jose is a beneficiary of a USAID program that aims to give farmers in coca-growing areas alternatives to the illegal drug trade – which is lucrative, but incredibly dangerous. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 23, 2015: Isla de la Amargura, Caceres, Antioquia (Colombia). Jose Blanquiceth cuts the cocoa pods to extract the wet beans. Jose is a Colombian farmer living on a small island only reachable by motorboat. In this community of only 300 residents, Jose grows bananas and cacao in a small plot alongside his home, which he shares with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Jose is a beneficiary of a USAID program that aims to give farmers in coca-growing areas alternatives to the illegal drug trade – which is lucrative, but incredibly dangerous. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
19 December, 2013 - Phnom Penh. SGFE factory in Stung Manchey manufactures charcoal using organic waste. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for SNV
19 December, 2013 – Phnom Penh. SGFE factory in Stung Manchey manufactures charcoal using organic waste. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for SNV
November 29, 2013 - Handicap International Rehabilitation Center (Kampong Cham). Dott. Chai Borany (27) measures a patient's amputation to fit a prostethic leg. She is one of the 70 Cambodians who graduated at the CSPO (The Cambodia School of Prosthetics and Orthotics), a school that provides Prosthetics - Orthotics training for students from low-income countries in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 29, 2013 – Handicap International Rehabilitation Center (Kampong Cham). Dott. Chai Borany (27) measures a patient’s amputation to fit a prostethic leg. She is one of the 70 Cambodians who graduated at the CSPO (The Cambodia School of Prosthetics and Orthotics), a school that provides Prosthetics – Orthotics training for students from low-income countries in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
February 23, 2015: Isla de la Amargura, Caceres, Antioquia (Colombia): A boat is used to transport the bags of cocoa beans from the Isla de la Amargura to the small town of Caceres and there to a collection point run by Chocolate Colombia, , a USAID-supported collective. Bought from farmers on the small island where Ana lives, the cacao is helping farmers earn a viable income from their crop and keeping them away from the illicit coca trade. The cacao passes through this stop on its journey from the tree to sweet shops throughout Colombia and the world. It is ultimately being sold to one of Colombia’s major chocolate producers, Casa Luker. This process ensures that the cacao is high quality and that the farmers earn a fair market price for their crop. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
February 23, 2015: Isla de la Amargura, Caceres, Antioquia (Colombia): A boat is used to transport the bags of cocoa beans from the Isla de la Amargura to the small town of Caceres and there to a collection point run by Chocolate Colombia, , a USAID-supported collective. Bought from farmers on the small island where Ana lives, the cacao is helping farmers earn a viable income from their crop and keeping them away from the illicit coca trade. The cacao passes through this stop on its journey from the tree to sweet shops throughout Colombia and the world. It is ultimately being sold to one of Colombia’s major chocolate producers, Casa Luker. This process ensures that the cacao is high quality and that the farmers earn a fair market price for their crop. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 20, 2013 - Beung Kachhang village (Koh Kong). Members of the community participate in a Mangrove replanting activity. The project, sponsored by UNDP, aims at conservation of 500 ha of mangrove forest by demarcation of the area using cement pool and encouraging local participation especially women to manage and sustainable use the resources. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 20, 2013 – Beung Kachhang village (Koh Kong). Members of the community participate in a Mangrove replanting activity. The project, sponsored by UNDP, aims at conservation of 500 ha of mangrove forest by demarcation of the area using cement pool and encouraging local participation especially women to manage and sustainable use the resources. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
LUXOR, EGYPT - OCTOBER 6, 2015. Workers remove rubble at the Qurna dig site on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor’s Valley of the Nobles. Here, ancient Egyptian nobles were laid to rest in tombs dating back as far as 4,500 years ago. Over the last century, Qurna also became home to the living as modern Egyptians moved on top of and even inside the tombs, adding their own layer of archaeological history. Since 2007, the Government of Egypt - in an effort to preserve the tombs - has been resettling Qurna's residents to nearby villages. Unfortunately, in the move villagers have not only left behind the tombs they called home but, in many cases, their livelihoods as well. As part of a USAID project, the American Research Center in Egypt, or ARCE, has hired more than 500 local villagers to return to Qurna to remove rubble and improve the site so it can be preserved and opened for official tourism. This project also helps fight increasing unemployment that Egypt has suffered since the January 25 Revolution in 2011. Each season at Qurna, several Egyptian ministry employees also receive on-the-job training in conservation documentation and archaeological excavation. In Luxor and throughout Egypt, USAID invests in projects that preserve Egypt’s unique cultural heritage and boost the local economy. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
LUXOR, EGYPT – OCTOBER 6, 2015. Workers remove rubble at the Qurna dig site on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor’s Valley of the Nobles. Here, ancient Egyptian nobles were laid to rest in tombs dating back as far as 4,500 years ago. Over the last century, Qurna also became home to the living as modern Egyptians moved on top of and even inside the tombs, adding their own layer of archaeological history. Since 2007, the Government of Egypt – in an effort to preserve the tombs – has been resettling Qurna’s residents to nearby villages. Unfortunately, in the move villagers have not only left behind the tombs they called home but, in many cases, their livelihoods as well. As part of a USAID project, the American Research Center in Egypt, or ARCE, has hired more than 500 local villagers to return to Qurna to remove rubble and improve the site so it can be preserved and opened for official tourism. This project also helps fight increasing unemployment that Egypt has suffered since the January 25 Revolution in 2011. Each season at Qurna, several Egyptian ministry employees also receive on-the-job training in conservation documentation and archaeological excavation. In Luxor and throughout Egypt, USAID invests in projects that preserve Egypt’s unique cultural heritage and boost the local economy. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
October 01, 2013 - Kampong Cham. Flooded houses in Tonle Bit Commune. Heavy rains starting in the third week of September 2013 resulted in floods in 20 provinces throughout the north-west and along the Mekong River in central and southern Cambodia, killing 188 people and affecting more than 1.7 million. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
October 01, 2013 – Kampong Cham. Flooded houses in Tonle Bit Commune. Heavy rains starting in the third week of September 2013 resulted in floods in 20 provinces throughout the north-west and along the Mekong River in central and southern Cambodia, killing 188 people and affecting more than 1.7 million. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
April 9, 2014 - Koh Preah (Cambodia). Fishermen at work in front of Koh Preah. © Thomas Cristofoletti for WWF-UK
April 9, 2014 – Koh Preah (Cambodia). Fishermen at work in front of Koh Preah. © Thomas Cristofoletti for WWF-UK
TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS -- JUNE 25, 2015: Luis' stepfather helps his little sister with her homework. Just a year ago, Luis was having trouble at home and he searched for love and acceptance in the wrong places -- eventually becoming leader of the local gang. But after Luis and his family began the USAID pilot program Proponte, his counselor Sabina helped him gradually change his attitude. He left the gang, returned to school, formed positive friendships, and started respecting his mom, stepfather and siblings.
TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS — JUNE 25, 2015: Luis’ stepfather helps his little sister with her homework. Just a year ago, Luis was having trouble at home and he searched for love and acceptance in the wrong places — eventually becoming leader of the local gang. But after Luis and his family began the USAID pilot program Proponte, his counselor Sabina helped him gradually change his attitude. He left the gang, returned to school, formed positive friendships, and started respecting his mom, stepfather and siblings.
LUXOR, EGYPT - OCTOBER 6, 2015. Egyptian archeologists Ali Mohammad Ahmed Ibrahim walk inside Luxor temple. Before January 2011, thousands of tourists visited the temple every day, shuffling shoulder-to-shoulder through one of the world’s greatest heritage sites. Now only a few hundred people make the trip. Tourism has historically accounted for about 13 percent of the Egyptian economy, which means nearly everyone in Luxor depends on this industry—in one way or another—for their livelihoods. That’s why USAID is working harder than ever to preserve Egypt’s ancient wonders and ensure that, as tourism recovers, Egypt can once again rely on its rich history for jobs and economic growth. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
LUXOR, EGYPT – OCTOBER 6, 2015. Egyptian archeologists Ali Mohammad Ahmed Ibrahim walk inside Luxor temple. Before January 2011, thousands of tourists visited the temple every day, shuffling shoulder-to-shoulder through one of the world’s greatest heritage sites. Now only a few hundred people make the trip. Tourism has historically accounted for about 13 percent of the Egyptian economy, which means nearly everyone in Luxor depends on this industry—in one way or another—for their livelihoods. That’s why USAID is working harder than ever to preserve Egypt’s ancient wonders and ensure that, as tourism recovers, Egypt can once again rely on its rich history for jobs and economic growth. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 19, 2013 - Binauna village, Banke (Nepal). Jharana Kumari Tharu helps her son to dress up for school. Jharana is a 23-year-old female community health volunteer in Binauna village, in Nepal’s Banke District. As part of her training, she councils expectant mothers and their families on how to properly care for an infant’s umbilical cord after birth, which includes applying a chlorahexidine antiseptic gel on the stump. This simple life-saving intervention, which is supported by USAID and partner JSI throughout Nepal, has been shown to reduce infant mortality by roughly one third. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
November 19, 2013 – Binauna village, Banke (Nepal). Jharana Kumari Tharu helps her son to dress up for school. Jharana is a 23-year-old female community health volunteer in Binauna village, in Nepal’s Banke District. As part of her training, she councils expectant mothers and their families on how to properly care for an infant’s umbilical cord after birth, which includes applying a chlorahexidine antiseptic gel on the stump. This simple life-saving intervention, which is supported by USAID and partner JSI throughout Nepal, has been shown to reduce infant mortality by roughly one third. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
June 23, 2015 - Tegucigalpa (Honduras). Luis Edgardo Cruz Diaz, 15, has a moment of relax at his home in the Nueva Capital neighborhood. Just a year ago, Luis was having trouble at home and he searched for love and acceptance in the wrong places -- eventually becoming leader of the local gang. But after Luis and his family began the USAID pilot program Proponte, his counselor Sabina helped him gradually change his attitude. He left the gang, returned to school, formed positive friendships, and started respecting his mom, stepfather and siblings. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
June 23, 2015 – Tegucigalpa (Honduras). Luis Edgardo Cruz Diaz, 15, has a moment of relax at his home in the Nueva Capital neighborhood. Just a year ago, Luis was having trouble at home and he searched for love and acceptance in the wrong places — eventually becoming leader of the local gang. But after Luis and his family began the USAID pilot program Proponte, his counselor Sabina helped him gradually change his attitude. He left the gang, returned to school, formed positive friendships, and started respecting his mom, stepfather and siblings. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
October 7, 2015 - Esna (Egypt). Doaa Mohamed Bakr is an 18-year-old high school student with a big heart for animals. In July 2015, she was among 92 students to win a USAID-sponsored entrepreneurship competition hosted at 10 agricultural technical schools across all of southern Egypt. She won nearly $200 in startup capital, which she used to buy 140 ducklings. And with that, Doaa became the owner of her very own duck farming business. “When I first bought my ducks, at the beginning of the project, I was very very excited about them and fell in love with them,” Doaa says. “Everyday I would feed them, cut them clover, make them swim and sleep, talk to them, and loved them like my kids that I don’t even have.” USAID supports technical high school education in Egypt and encourages entrepreneurship as part of a strategy to boost economic growth by increasing productivity and employability of Egypt’s youth. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
October 7, 2015 – Esna (Egypt). Doaa Mohamed Bakr is an 18-year-old high school student with a big heart for animals. In July 2015, she was among 92 students to win a USAID-sponsored entrepreneurship competition hosted at 10 agricultural technical schools across all of southern Egypt. She won nearly $200 in startup capital, which she used to buy 140 ducklings. And with that, Doaa became the owner of her very own duck farming business. “When I first bought my ducks, at the beginning of the project, I was very very excited about them and fell in love with them,” Doaa says. “Everyday I would feed them, cut them clover, make them swim and sleep, talk to them, and loved them like my kids that I don’t even have.” USAID supports technical high school education in Egypt and encourages entrepreneurship as part of a strategy to boost economic growth by increasing productivity and employability of Egypt’s youth. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for USAID
19 December, 2013 - Phnom Penh. SGFE factory in Stung Manchey manufactures charcoal using organic waste. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for SNV
19 December, 2013 – Phnom Penh. SGFE factory in Stung Manchey manufactures charcoal using organic waste. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for SNV
August 19, 2014 - Kandal (Cambodia). Amanda Vanstone (Vision 2020's Chair and previous Minister of Parliament), Jennifer Gersbeck (Vision 2020 Australia’s CEO) and David Andrews (RANZCO's CEO) visit the Lions Sight First Eye Care Center at the Chey Chumneas Hospital, few Km outside Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for RANZO
August 19, 2014 – Kandal (Cambodia). Amanda Vanstone (Vision 2020’s Chair and previous Minister of Parliament), Jennifer Gersbeck (Vision 2020 Australia’s CEO) and David Andrews (RANZCO’s CEO) visit the Lions Sight First Eye Care Center at the Chey Chumneas Hospital, few Km outside Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for RANZO
November 20, 2013 - Beung Kachhang village (Koh Kong). Mr. Lay Pich (31), her wife Hun Sophear (32) and their children Hun sombath (4) go fishing in the mangrove forest that surround the village. Even if the community is inside a natural protected area, Illegal sand dredging in the area have decimated the number of fish and crabs and it's more and more difficult to catch enough food for the local families. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 20, 2013 – Beung Kachhang village (Koh Kong). Mr. Lay Pich (31), her wife Hun Sophear (32) and their children Hun sombath (4) go fishing in the mangrove forest that surround the village. Even if the community is inside a natural protected area, Illegal sand dredging in the area have decimated the number of fish and crabs and it’s more and more difficult to catch enough food for the local families. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
August 19, 2015 - Pis Village - Omlaing (Cambodia). A view of the Phnom Penh Sugar's plantation. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for OXFAM Australia
August 19, 2015 – Pis Village – Omlaing (Cambodia). A view of the Phnom Penh Sugar’s plantation. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for OXFAM Australia