Tuesday, 9 August 2016

A Candle In The Dark exhibition - Swanston Library

The beautiful and evocative photographic exhibition 'A Candle In The Dark' is now on display at Swanston Library. The exhibition showcases work Save the Children undertook in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. The evocative images by Elissa Bogos Mirzaei and Mats Lignell introduce the people who are changing Uruzgan’s future for the better through the Children of Uruzgan program, a partnership between the Australian Government and Save the Children Australia.

Lucy Setti, an RMIT final year Social Policy degree student, undertook an internship with Save the Children in which she promoted this wonderful exhibition.

Photograhic image of young boy on a bike

The exhibition includes photos tracing Save the Children’s Children of Uruzgan program, a four-year program, in one of Afghanistan’s most conservative and insecure provinces. Every year in Uruzgan, about 300 mothers and more than 3000 children under the age of five die.

Photographic image of young girls at school

The program aimed to improve access to basic health and education for children and their families. It is trained 300 community health workers, as well as 50 midwives to ensure women had access to skilled birth attendants during childbirth. The program improved basic education for children by building community schools and training 1000 teachers, including females, to encourage more girls to attend school.

Photographic image of an old woman kissing young boy on a cheek

A Candle in the Dark will be exhibited at Swanston Library until 10 September.