My first trip to Copper Canyon was a cold, wet and rainy January in 2010. I joined my friend, Gil Gillenwater, founder of RANCHOFELIZ.COM. to document the beginnings of the www.Oneheartworld-wide.org charter birth training program.
|Arlene Samen, Gil Gillenwater and team at the Instituto Chihuahua de Salud 2010.|
|Gil Gilenwater presents OHWW a check for their work in Copper Canyon.|
Funds were raised with Rancho Feliz' RIDE the REZ in 2009 and help to support health,
education and housing opportunities on the border lands for over 20 years.
I returned earlier this year again to Urique,with OHWW to document their gift of a sonogram
for the community of Urique. I documented their doctor/ net of safety training program to help Mexican doctors better interface with their Indigenous clients with Dr. Janette Jager. The miracle came in the middle of the night and I was able to attended an amazing birth with Dr. Jager at the clinic one early morning. The first cries of life and a safe birth was a gift for me to remember why I am a photographer.
Train to Urique : Depart 6 am Chihuahua City
Doctor and Network of Safety Training Urique
First Sonogram Patients at the Urique Health Clinic
I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work with their organization. Please visit their website to learn how you can support LIFE and the continuation of these special cultures.
One Heart has just released these PSAs to help raise awareness of their work in the far reaches of the world. From Mexico's Copper Canyon to the other side of the planet, in China and Nepal. What is in common with these places is the remoteness of these Indigenous cultures ; and at the heart is the intention to empower communities to within their own cultural frame work with their own traditional birthing knowledge and integrated modern safe child birthing practices to help ensure the continuation of life.
Arlene recently spoke in San Francisco about her work saving
mother's lives in the remote regions of the world. TED.com