“LEARN, CREATE AND SHARE” by THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT

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When I started this project, I was told it was quite crazy and ambitious. When I completed the third successful project with the burnt children of Aniquem and the third exhibition in 2 years I was asked by my Honorable … Continue reading

HOW THEY SEE THE GOLD RUSH / THE PUERTO MALDONADO PROJECT

Florida Baja, Puerto Maldonado, Madre De Dios, Peru, April 2014

Daniel Malka Madre De Dios Peru

River Madre De Dios,Peru, the shores of many rivers are destroyed by gold mining

Thanks to a collaboration with the NGO ANIA, we brought the How They See project to Florida Baja, a district of about 80 families located 50 km of Puerto Maldonado, on the Interoceanic Highway in Madre De Dios, Peru.

The project was run with the cooperation of the teacher, director of a primary school, harboring 22 children aged 6 to 13 years old, all in the same classroom.

The stories told by the children and families of Florida Baja gives us a cross-section of life in the area of Puerto Maldonado in the jungle of Peru.
They are a testimony of the severe multilevel issues caused by the rising price of gold and the ongoing illegal gold mining in Madre De Dios.

Of course, the lack of resources and struggle to meet basic living needs is a common denominator. Most families struggle to make ends meet.
I can not put in words my outrage at the social consequences, minors rights violations and environmental disaster brought about by the gold rush in this jungle of Peru.

Once again, I need to emphasize the importance of story telling education in populations at risk to give us a true cross section of the issues voiced so bluntly and so honestly by the children when they are given the opportunity and tools to do so in the safe environment we create for them.

The School

The Class

Main Issues Observed and/or Reported to Us
- Extreme poverty
- Child abuse
- Prostitution
- Sexual Abuse of minors (reported to authorities, to be discussed in a separate article)
- Lack of resources for proper education: computer, internet, books, sustained children rights education, social worker aid.
- Severe deforestation and mercury contamination of rivers, wildlife and vegetation by gold mining: 70,000 acres of jungle in 4 years.

11 year old with her 10 day old baby as a result of sexual abuse by step father

Results Achieved with 35 hours of classes and 8 days living in the community
- Complete program in verbal story telling, drawing and documentary photography
- discovery of new talent
- Group interaction and promoting self value
- Create a safe environment for the children to tell their stories
- Identification of serious social issues and immediate needs of the children
- Focus of classes on the environment and childrens rights
- Repair the school playground
- Supply the school with the tools and seeds for an orchard
- Involve families in the building of a model orchard to be replicated at home with the plants of the school orchard.
- Emphasize the importance of the orchards as a source of better nutrition, protecting the environment, and as a potential alternate source of income to working in mining.

The drawing class

Documenting The Orchard

The Swings are repaired, thank you Pietro

Parents and children preparing the orchard

Planting the seeds for vegetables

Objectives Remaining To Achieve

- Continue the Learn Create and Share Program
- Get a computer and internet connection for the children in order to share more work and communicate.
- leave at least 5 cameras with the school teacher for the children to continue their work.
- Build a small library in the school
- have a social worker visit at least once a month that can educate the children on their rights and encourage them to verbalize the issues.
- monitor the progress of the Orchard program.
- Set up an exhibition of the photos taken by the children.
- Create a fund to help single minor mothers victims of rape and sexual abuse.
- Educate girls on their rights and to break the cycle of abuse and reduce the risks of prostitution.

All the children of the world have the same right to be heard and achieve their dreams

My conclusions and thoughts:

In a paradise like setting in the jungle of Peru there are children full of hope, smiles, affection and dreams just like any other children all around the globe. They are materially very poor, no doubt, but their hearts are full of dreams and love.
Puerto Maldonado is a city decimated by strikes, delinquency, prostitution, direct consequence of the gold rush in Madre De Dios.
One can feel the hostility in the air. An anarchy like atmosphere. Illegal strikes, armed mining workers, violent demonstrations forcing stores and markets to shut down.
The illegal gold mining and the ever increasing price of gold is a disaster not only for the environment but also for the children and the population.
Single mothers of all ages seeking income as prostitutes. An infernal vicious circle that needs to be broken.
Schools with less than the bare minimum to be able to teach a basic education, with overwhelmed teachers having to play the role of director, mother, social worker, psychologist and environmentalist.

These children might not be war refugees, but in many ways they are. They are the forgotten victims and figures of resiliency of a different kind of war: the quest for gold at any cost.

It is incumbent on us, NGO’s, government, parents and human beings to brake the cycle of poverty and lack of education that brings about social chaos in a land where children’s dreams and lives are chattered.

A sustainable education program is a large part of the answer.
We have reached the hearts of families and given some hope to the children of Florida Baja.
Parents came running to build the school orchard, swings, and to thank us for being there.
The project and the results obtained in Florida Baja puts the emphasis on how valuable a Learn Create and Share education model is in not only educating the children and families but also in educating us by collecting anthropological and true data from the field, allowing us to identify directly the issues and needs, as opposed to relying on outdated statistic sheets. I say outdated because by the time these stats are collected and programs are developed, the picture and issues have changed or evolved.
In a country as diverse as Peru, lit is crucial to adapt a creative education program to each area and ethnic group according to their language, values, culture and specific needs. An at large program can not work.

Our Learn Create and Share education model has proven its efficiency in Ruka and now the jungle of Florida Baja.
Children learn, create and share their lives, issues and values in many forms of story telling.

In order for the program to continue and to reach our objectives, we need the help of everyone.
You can support our programs by sponsoring, or simply donating what you can by clicking on the DONATE button at the top right of the page.

Thank you.

Daniel Malka, Lima, Peru.

Many thanks to Joaquin Leguia from ANIA, Ysabel, Segundo, the children and parents of Florida Baja.
My gratitude goes to my childhood friend Pietro Micheletti for all his support and coming to share another chapter of my life.

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“PHOTOGRAPHY” ITS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT LOVE

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Oh yes, I remember,

receiving a 25000$ fee for a photo of a pretty lady sitting in a Rolls Royce: a one page ad for a Rolls Royce limited edition Agenda, without counting another 40000$ in production costs.
An 8×10 camera portrait with my special lens. I’m the image maker, the dream seller, the ad agency’s problem solver, getting paid for my experience, my vision, what I know, as Boris would say.
I was lucky, it all came to me so easily. The camera has always been my toy, I make everything look great, elegant, sophisticated. The fun part: telling a story playing with light on a blank canvas.
It was always about love, the money and awards just came along.

So, from Madrid to Paris, Toronto, New York, Chicago….more clients, more ads, more dream selling, more money. Being flown here and there, business class, five star hotels, nice, all that, to sell fiction, dreams.

A few years later, destiny took me on a journey in the Sahara desert.

Point zero, as I call it: planted in the middle of the dunes, no one around except for the sky above. As much in touch with mother earth as on can be.
The great discovery for me, the nomads and their infinite values and faith,the perfect marriage between humanism and untouched nature: “Peace”
“VOYAGE” is a photography book about this journey into beauty, peace and unconditional human values.
I understood that true wealth comes from within, from the heart, from the soul: the nomad kids told me the story through their eyes.
Materially, they are very poor, but as human beings they are so rich, that they will share with you their bread and tea.

For years I wandered, what could I share with them?

A few years later, I was in Mexico. In the mountains of Oaxaca, I was greeted the same way. The Mixes shared all they had with me. Their home and food.
“EN LA SOMBRA DEL TIEMPO” is a photo documentary inspired and, about love. Another journey into human values, beauty, peace, friendship and nature.

Another stepping stone for what was to come, as I was asked to please come back and teach photography in a social center for children in the mountains of Oaxaca.
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From the Sahara desert to Mexico, my life had changed drastically.
It was no longer about awards and selling dreams, it became about the true rewards and sorrows of life’s reality.
It became about documenting and sharing the reality that I had discovered: the beauty of human values and nature, and the drama of material poverty, injustice and the lack of education.

Again, I sat and wandered what I could share with them and how?
Two years later, the answer came to me.
The best I knew was photography. I was fortunate enough to have been educated, being a good lecturer, and learned the hard way that the white picket fence syndrome is often a false illusion of wealth and happiness.
Behind too many white picket fences of our cities hide dramas affecting many children of our so called modern society. The loss of family values, unity and sense of humanism.
What I had seen in the eyes of the Nomads, their children, the Mixes was the simple essence of life: survival by helping each other out, peace and faith in life. Children happy playing with stones and making toy animals from palm tree leaves.

The answer became The Daniel Malka Photo project.

Bringing photography and a basic creative education to these kids and have them tell us the story.
And so they did, just as well as I had. I brought them self-value, smiles, cameras and my love for what I do and for life, they answered with vision, talent, an opened mind and expressed what they couldn’t verbalize.

The “HOW THEY SEE” mission is a simple model, that if we give a child an opportunity, if we believe in him, he will turn it into gold with respect and admiration.
I have no words to describe the joy of these children and the way they spread it through their community.
So many people I have met on my journey have asked me to take them to Ruka. Ruka was brought to them by the kids.

Well, there are many Rukas in Peru in Mexico and in many corners of the world.

As I remember, 25000$ for a couple of days of work to shoot a photograph selling a dream, I also remember coming to Peru with way much less than that for the love of photography and my belief that these childrens work and photographs of reality would make people dream and help them improve their nutrition and living conditions by simply giving what they spend on a movie.

Yes, 25000$, a five star hotel and a business class ticket to shoot a staged photograph to promote a brand.

Yes, 1000$ collected, many promises, 24 beds in 28 weeks, no star hostels, economy class, 7 months of pre-production and 8 months of production including, travel, shooting,teaching, editing, meetings, networking, trekking, website updating and collecting funds for the biggest ad campaign of my life: “HOW THEY SEE”
This time I am selling reality, the happiness of the children of Ruka, Peru, and two more projects to come.

Its quite absurd to think that i got paid 25000$ for a couple of days of work to produce one staged photograph, and that I only collected $1000 for a years work, hundreds of photographs of reality and a humanitarian mission.

So, here I am sharing with you the reality viewed through the eyes of 30 years of love for photography mixed with the desire to create a small change for the better.
From the Sahara desert, through the mountains of Peru, to the streets of Lima, I am sharing with you my vision, my work, my stories, my life, my dreams, It’s always been about love.

The dream I’m selling this time is the simple reality, that bringing some love, cameras, smiles and education to the children of Ruka has made a small change in their lives.

This time, I’m not asking for donations and compliments, I’m asking from all of you to purchase fine art prints from a quite large selection.

Help me carry on with my mission, all funds will go towards the Ruka Bio greenhouse and to finance more projects.

In the end, It’s always about love.

Thank you!

Daniel Malka

Lima, Peru, May 16, 2013

 
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THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT WORKSHOP “HOW YOU SEE”

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THE “HOW YOU SEE” PHOTO WORKSHOP:

Creative Documentary Photography

Development and production of a personal photo documentary.
This workshop will explore the various elements of importance for the development of a mini photo-documentary of editorial nature, emphasizing personal vision, style and a creative approach.
Based on the narrating power of image as a single piece, integration into a group of 8-10 images that tell a strong story from a very personal view.

LEVEL: Intermediate to advanced

LOCATION: Lima, Peru

DURATION: 24 hours

DATE: March 1st and 2nd, March 8th, March 15th (6 hour days)

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 7- Maximum 10

COST: $300.00

LANGUAGES: Français, English, Español

The participants will have to register by February 26, 2014
They will have to submit a theme of interest that will be discussed with me by February 23.

For more detailed info and a course outline please email: daniel@malkaphotoproject.org

THE STORY OF RUKA BY THE CHILDREN

These are the Photos taken by children aged 5 to 14 years who had never seen a camera.
They deserve our recognition not only as photographers but as human beings.
Help me build them they’re well deserved monument of hope. Contribute whatever you can, but please do and share this post. Thanks!

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You can also do it directly by Bank Transfer to DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC. Non Profit Corporation Registered under Canadian Federal Laws and Quebec Provincial Laws
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I asked the kids to tell me a story about Ruka, about their lives

I gave them a few lectures, a few tricks and they composed, framed and shot what they saw, their lives and world.
No fancy cameras, no rules of thirds, no rules at all, pure and simple story telling and creative instinct.

The true magic and beauty of photography and creative thinking
 
 
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PORTRAIT OF HIS BROTHER BY JOSE 12 years old / 12 anos
 
 
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DEAR FRIENDS

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Dear Friends,

When I first heard and I received the first photographs of the children from Ruka, Peru, I made a promise. I would get there and teach these kids photography, give them some hope and mostly teach them that their work and education had a value.

I was greeted by their families and the children at first like a teacher, at second like a friend, and then like family.
I gave them hope and showed them that although Ruka is nowhere on Google map, It still exists for the rest of the world.
The great photos taken by the children from Ruka have been seen by thousands of people in every corner of the planet.
MY STAY IN RUKA

Has it been hard?
Yes it has. I put everything I had into my promise: left my home, sold what I could, and I am living on a budget of 16$ a day in order to continue with my project.

Was it worth it?
The smiles and the photos from the little heroes from Ruka answer the question.
CLASS OF RUKA

I couldn’t do it without determination and the help of many friends in Canada, Mexico and in Peru: They collected cameras, bought them, offered me a bed, food, their home, their care.

Finally, I couldn’t of done it without the inspiration of my daughter Luna, who showed me what creative thinking, love, food and trust are to a child.

I came to Peru and was greeted as a king. People here, thanked me to want to help the children of Peru: friends, new friends, the press….many offers and promises.

Then came the second phase of the project: Building a biogreenhouse for the severely malnourished children of Ruka.
How? with MONEY. Not much, but money. What makes the world go round as I discovered late in my life.

Suddenly, many people disappeared, many of them that complimented me for my actions started doubting my transparency, the efficiency of a greenhouse and the list of pretexts goes on and on.

I made a promise to Ruka. I will keep it no matter what.

I am reminding all of us, that education, culture and food are the best weapons against war, crime, poverty and abuse.
We are all responsible for the future of our planet and children. It lies upon us to educate, feed, share and give hope to our own children by giving them the example.

There are many ancient futures on our planet that live of the earth and preserve our environment. Ruka is a tiny example of ancient futures.
By building them a greenhouse we are preserving our environment, helping them feed themselves and showing these kids that their work is worth something.

In order for me to go help out other Ruka’s, there are many in Peru and other countries, and to build that greenhouse I need your help in contributing as much or as little as you can, but contributing.

Help me keep up the hope of the youg photographers from Ruka.

It takes very little from each of us to come together and make a change. It takes a lot for people to give that very little. Please do that very little.

You can contribute from anywhere in the world with a credit card through the Indiegogo platform by clicking below.

Thank you.
Daniel Malka

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You can also do it directly by Bank Transfer to DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC. Non Profit Corporation Registered under Canadian Federal Laws and Quebec Provincial Laws
RBC Banque Royale 5701 Avenue Monkland Montreal QC H4A 1E7
DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC.
Att: Luna Malka
SUITE 202 460 RUE SAINT-JEAN
MONTREAL QUEBEC H2Y2S1
Code Banque/ Bank (RBC) : 003 Code succursale (Transit) : 03901 Numero de compte/ Account Number : 1005073 Swift Code : R O Y C C A T 2
 
FOR ANY OTHER TYPE OF CONTRIBUTION OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT:
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THE LITTLE HEROES FROM RUKA, PERU by DANIEL MALKA

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I came to Ruka, Peru 5 months ago to teach story telling photography to the children of this community in the Andes that does not even appear on Google Map.

Some of the objectives of The Daniel Malka Photo Project:
- Teach them story telling, basic techniques in photography
- Identify the problems and most important needs of the children and the community.
- Give the children some creative tools, a basic education, make them aware of their environment, culture, share with them my passion for photography, so they can share their vision with the rest of the world.

The little heroes from Ruka have gained my heart and soul with their talent, resilience, hard work, determination, respect, friendship and love for photography.

Ruka, the Andes it’s people, the kids have made feel an attachment to this earth, and a form of happiness that is not linked to what we posses but rather to what we can offer. As they say in the Andes, the mountain gives everything. True, I have sat on a giant stone in Ruka, day after day, watching it’s people smile as they went on with their daily tasks. They maintain their culture, a healthy community spirit, and that infinite connection with the land, thus our earth, and that in itself is a form of happiness that our industrialized world has somewhat lost.

The little heroes from Ruka are up at dawn, by 5:30 am they walk the animals, by 6 am they start their 2 hour walk to school.
The living conditions at 3500 meters altitude are hard. It’s cold and rainy for months. The only access is through a 2 km very narrow trail with ravines on its side. The kids run to school and walk back, up the same trail.
By 3 pm they are at my door for their photography classes.

I lived in Ruka for a while. Coming from Canada, a country where the winter lasts many months and temperatures are way below zero, I thought I knew what cold was. But there is heating in the houses.
In Ruka, the houses are as cold as the outside. The only source of heating is when they cook. There is no running water and electricity is very rudimentary.

The main problem of the little heroes from Ruka is severe malnutrition: lack of vitamins, protein, fats, calcium causing developmental problems from generation to generation. Their diet consists of what the earth is willing to produce at that altitude and climate: potatoes and some corn.

I made a commitment to help these children, I have spent every penny I owned to be in Peru and teach these kids what I know best, what I taught my own talented daughter. It’s been as difficult as gratifying.
I have learned from them the richness of their culture and infinite sense of humanism.
I made another commitment, simpler and sustainable in time. Building these children a Bio_Greenhouse that will allow them to grow some fruit, vegetables and some protein.
The children of Ruka are smart, creative and hard working. They will run the greenhouse successfully.
The example to their community and others as well is that education gives positive results.
In the same creative line of thinking, they will decorate it and document the whole process.
It will be an example and model that can help other communities without changing their culture, way of life and most of all respect our fragile environment.

I am calling upon everyone to help me help the little heroes from Ruka by showing them that their work is worthy and they are not forgotten by the rest of us.
We all have the ability to throw in a couple of bucks to improve the development and nutrition of these children.
The cost o the greenhouse including materials, seeds, implementation, transport, and the education of the kids is $5000.00.
 
You can contribute through PayPal System

 

You can also do it directly by Bank Transfer to DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC. Non Profit Corporation Registered under Canadian Federal Laws and Quebec Provincial Laws
RBC Banque Royale 5701 Avenue Monkland Montreal QC H4A 1E7
DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC.
Att: Luna Malka
SUITE 202 460 RUE SAINT-JEAN
MONTREAL QUEBEC H2Y2S1
Code Banque/ Bank (RBC) : 003 Code succursale
(Transit) : 03901 Numero de compte/ Account Number : 1005073
Swift Code : R O Y C C A T 2
 

By cheque for US and Canada only:
DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC.
Att: Luna Malka
SUITE 202 460 RUE SAINT-JEAN
MONTREAL QUEBEC H2Y2S1
 
FOR ANY OTHER TYPE OF CONTRIBUTION, SPONSORSHIP OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT:
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The following photographs are my tribute to the little heroes from Ruka.
 

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Thank You

The children from Ruka
Daniel Malka

The Andes, February 17th, 2013

ONE YEAR OF THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT, THE GREENHOUSE

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© Copyright 2013, Daniel Malka, all rights reserved, Ruka, Peru January 14th, 2013
 
 

Montreal January 26 th 2012

Behind the frosted windows of Shaika cafe, where I hung out, day after day, working on the “Dance Me To The End Of…Love” series, and other photographs, the core idea of the project was born. Crazy I thought, but I loved it.

The inspiration was simple: the sum of my life, thoughts, beliefs, scars, joys, losses, travels, vision, fatherhood, childhood, tears, laughs, photography, my daughters talent, and love.

I called my most pragmatic friend and lawyer, and asked her what she thought. As she put it: the craziest, yet the best idea you’ve ever had.
I called upon a few friends to help out in this new chapter of my life.
Many joined, many promised to join, very few stayed and supported for months the preparation of “HOW THEY SEE” in Peru.
I thank them from the bottom of my heart. No need for names here, they know who they are.

Well, its been quite a journey.

I worked day in and day out, structuring, discovering, thinking, networking, writing letters, requests, explaining. Very few believed, trusted that the little frail man smoking a pack a day and drinking 15 cups of coffee could make it.
I had no fears in that sense, I always believed that doing something that you love, is as much of a good reason to live that it is to die.

On February 26th 2012, THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT was born.
In less than ten months, there were 10,000 unique visitors to the website.

On March 11th 2012, we launched the project with a one night photo exhibition at Shaika’s.
It was hard work from all my friends that helped with all their heart.
We raised that night, $258.70 and many promises to buy prints. It was funny, I had spent over $400 in prints, plus all of what my colleagues spent.

I needed 5000$ for a 3 month mission in Peru, including the expenses of the legal paper work for the incorporation of the non-profit.

So I walked up and down NDG, day after day, listening to The National, and as they say in one of their songs, having secret meetings in the basement of my brain.
How could I do this? I had made a commitment to go and help these kids from Ruka. I kept looking at the photos of the kids from Ruka, that were sent to me by Alex and Ivan.

I slept a few hours every night, I woke up at 5 or 5:30 am and went for my half hour walk, cold or no cold, I had to get in shape if I wanted to help these kids.
By 5:30 or 6 am I would stop by Cosmos. Nikki would wait for me with that hot cup of coffee and her “So Daniel, how’s the project going?” and the philosophical and humanitarian conversation would start until 7, when the first customers would pop in for their breakfast. Nikki and Rose became my true family. I miss them dearly. They fed me day after day, emotionally as much as with the best breakfast in town. Nikki didn’t want to charge me. It was her contribution to the project, she said.

Then off to Shaika or Mate Latte, where the lap top went on until the place closed down.

When I discussed my project with a colleague at Dawson school of photography, I was told, what an ambitious project Daniel. Of course its ambitious, so is photography I thought. Then again, anything seems ambitious to people teaching the same classes for 20 years and collecting the tax payers money through our education system. With all due respect, of course.

By July, I understood that apart my former students who gave me as many point and shoot cameras as they could, if I didn’t finance this myself, I could never help these kids. At the last minute, I managed to sell a couple of family items of some value and my flashes. I left a few things in storage, some furniture with my daughter, and I ran to buy my plane ticket. With a back sac with 15 point and shoot cameras including mine, an another full of clothes, hope and all my friends and daughters support, I left for Peru. I had the same money to buy a 10 day vacation in a decent Mexican resort. A sum an average Canadian spends for two on an average one week winter vacation.
 
 
The Andes, February 8th, 2013.

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© copyright 2013 Fernando, The Daniel Malka Photo Project, all rights reserved, THE PORTRAIT CLASS
 

Four and a half months in Peru, I am sitting at a table in the small eating area of the hostal where I’m staying now. Yes, still smoking and drinking coffee, and no I haven’t gained weight, as everyone asks. But I’m trying. And yes, still having secret meetings in the basement of my brain in order to find ways to help these kids.
I’m living on 16$ per day, taking a few cold showers a week, trying to stretch everything I have to build a greenhouse for the kids from Ruka, my second and biggest commitment.

My hard drives full of over 5000 photos, my multiple journeys to Ruka, a few kilometers of treks in the Andes, a bigger heart than ever, my eyes teary at times , I have given some joy and hope to these talented kids. They have learned and taught us what resilience is, and expressed it through the lens of their hearts.
So yes, I followed my first commitment and it was a success. TV interviews in Lima and Cusco, the cover of the national newspaper, exhibition proposals…

ITS SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

As I keep telling people, thanks for all the compliments, but this is not about me.
I am only a messenger between these little forgotten heroes and the rest of the world.
I am transmitting their courage, talent, hard living conditions and serious malnutrition problems. They suffer from developmental problems. Of course they are happy, they smile, they are respectful, they come running to me to borrow cameras, they love the power and magic of photographs. They are creative and very resilent but they deserve to eat and grow normally as much as my own daughter did.
At high altitude only potatoes and corn grow. Most families can’t even afford oil. There is no milk, eggs, meat, fish, chicken or butter in their diets.
They might eat a can of tuna fish occasionally.
There are hundreds of Rukas in Peru. From the Andes to the jungle. The higher in altitude the less they have. In Puno at 4500 meters, 100 children died of cold last winter. Malnutrition is a killer and worse, it impairs children for generations.

© Copyright 2013 Daniel Malka, all rights reserved
© Copyright 2013 Daniel Malka, all rights reserved
 

I am not trying to change the world, all i am trying to do is build a small greenhouse in Ruka.
A 60 square meter greenhouse managed by these 20 kids will give them access to fruit and vegetable as well as a bit of protein independently of the cold temperatures.
It will be a small pilot greenhouse. The cost will be 5000$ including the education of the kids.
The price includes the plans, materials, seeds, transport 2 km up the mountain with no road access. The labour will be thrown in by the men and women of Ruka. The idea is to show the municipalities that the program is viable. It is, as I will make sure to be there myself with a friend engineer and make sure all is running properly,
The young photographers will document the whole process.
We will then present the document and ask for more help to build a bigger greenhouse and so on and so forth.
 
THE STOMACH OF UNDERNUTRITION, EL ESTOMAGO  DE MALNUTRICION.<br />
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THE STOMACH OF UNDERNUTRITION, EL ESTOMAGO DE MALNUTRICION.
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I am calling upon everyone, to open their heart at every corner of this tiny planet and especially in Canada. I am asking and begging all my friends to copy and paste the link to this post to their walls, to email it to all the people they know, the same as Im doing.

The future of our planet belongs to the children of today, so its up to us to educate them and make a change.

WE CAN RAISE 5000$ for the kids and talented photographers from Ruka.

On behalf of all the children and myself, THANK YOU.

Daniel Malka
 
 

YOU CAN HELP US HELP THESE KIDS

You can contribute through PayPal System

 
 

You can also do it directly by Bank Transfer to DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC. Non Profit Corporation Registered under Canadian Federal Laws and Quebec Provincial Laws
RBC Banque Royale 5701 Avenue Monkland Montreal QC H4A 1E7
DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC.
Att: Luna Malka
SUITE 202 460 RUE SAINT-JEAN
MONTREAL QUEBEC H2Y2S1
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By cheque for US and Canada only:
DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC.
Att: Luna Malka
SUITE 202 460 RUE SAINT-JEAN
MONTREAL QUEBEC H2Y2S1
 
 

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EVERYBODY KNOWS ITS CHRISTMAS

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© 2012 copyright daniel malka, all rights reserved
And so it’s Christmas again

This one is from a different perspective, in a different place, in a different culture, no snow, no cold, no family, no old friends.
This one is seen through the eyes of this project and what it has taught me.

Three months on the road, from the streets of NDG to the shore of the Pacific in Lima to the mountains of Ruka, back to the streets of Lima, and now off to the jungle.

From the reality and selfishness, cruelty of the cities to the beauty and inner peace of the Andes, life goes on for everyone.

Three months on the road,…
many offers were encountered, some fulfilled, others not, many thoughts, many emotions, love, affection, jealousy, vanity, honesty, empathy, many joyful and many sad moments.

As Leonard Cohen says, and I can only confirm :


“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes”

The HOW THEY SEE project, not only has shown me how the children see their world through the viewfinder of a camera, but also how so many others see, could, need, or are willing to see.
Most only see their own belly buttons, sad but also human as much as inhuman.

There is always a flip side to a coin.

Very few give without wanting a piece of something in return.

There is worse, much worse, the ones that judged me and shut their door because i am working for the poor instead of working to become wealthy.

And then there were the ones that gave me their kids bedroom while their kid slept on a sofa bed. Then again these give in silence, with dignity and humility and thank you for giving them the opportunity to help.

And then there are the ones that work for big NGO’s, get paid to throw 5 course meal dinner parties to help the underfed.
I’m sure they do, but at what cost? How much of the funds go back to help??? I showed up in my jeans and running shoes to make a donation, I was offered a table by myself. I looked around. It was disturbing, an exchange of business services in disguise. Yes, the dice are loaded. So I got up and left. I can not sit and eat a five course meal surrounded by people who’s outfits could feed a whole family for a year. while children around the corner are eating potato soup three times a day. I will not contribute a dollar if only 20 cents go to help.

And then, there are the ones that have nothing, that have offered me everything they have, their home, their food, their friendship, the beauty of their world, their culture, its all there in the photographs from Ruka.

Three months on the road,…
Only to confirm that, besides true friends and only a fistful of people, everyone is in it for something.
That even love can come with a price tag.
To find out that as the song says:

“Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose”

Everybody knows, but not the children of Ruka or of Villa Maria, or Puno, or Lima, or Mexico City….
Everybody, but not the 5 year olds that roam the streets for their parents, to sell us that rose, those chocolates and to whom you say “no thanks” and get annoyed because they interrupted your conversation on your 700$ phone while you were drinking your 5$ late.

So, three months on the road to see that although everybody sees and although
“Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old black joe’s still pickin’ cotton
For your ribbons and bows ”

Most close their heart, eyes, car windows and pockets from fear of losing a buck or two.
As if life came with a price and a designer tag, as if immortality was at reach.

Three months on the road, 2 missions done, another one on its way, thousands of photos from talented kids full of hope and life.
All i could do for them is empty my own pockets to teach and share what I know, get them to the front page of a national newspaper, an exhibition in a prestigious university and try, keep trying to raise funds and hope in order to build a greenhouse for them to eat fruit vegetables and protein.

As I was asked so many times, why are you doing this, why can’t you just focus on just teaching them photography?
Simple, because photography is life, because if I got paid what I got paid to be an advertising photographer most of my life, why can’t these kids have a normal meal, shoes and clothes for their amazing photographs.

Unfortunately I don’t have the big bucks to throw a big dinner party to raise funds for the kids, if I did, I wouldn’t be writing this article, I would be taking pictures with the kids of their greenhouse being built.

If every visitor of this website would of left a dollar at the door, three communities would have greenhouses and an amazing Christmas.

So,

If Everybody knows that the deal is rotten, and Everybody knows it’s Christmas, Everybody knows they can do a little to help the children eat and get an education so they get off the streets, have a life without having to steal, sell or die.

Everybody knows
we can all do a little to make this world more human.

Three months on the road into the project to discover that:

the road to peace, freedom, justice and happiness lies within ourselves
what we end up taking with us is not the sum of what we have accumulated but the sum of what we have offered on our journey.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE FRIENDS THAT HAVE SUPPORTED THE PROJECT, IN MONTREAL, LIMA, CUSCO, MEXICO AND MANY OTHER PLACES.

ON BEHALF OF THE CHILDREN AND MYSELF,
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Daniel Malka

Lima, Peru December 18th, 2012

THE GREENHOUSE PROJECT “FROM HOW THEY SEE TO HOW THEY EAT”

THE RUKA CHILDREN”S PHOTO GALLERY

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