All Images © Francesca Moore
A journey further south saw us reach the AIFO (Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau) office in Bangalore and off for a week of hard slog in the rising heat photographing, and capturing video, in and around the Thirumurthy Rural Development Center. We also grabbed some shots at the Sree Ramana School For The Blind along the way.
We met some great people and captured some great shots to show the good work of AIFO among the local communities of the developing region of Malavalli. And people were so hospitable and accommodating whilst documenting ‘a day in a life of’ stories for AIFO’s annual report.
It was great fun hanging out with everyone at the development center, who taught us such amazing things in sign language! And it was a great experience to be able to stay there among the students and staff too.
Thanks to everyone back at the AIFO head office in Bologna and to Jose, Ramesh, Jain and everyone else who looked after us so well at the Rural Development Centre near Bangalore. And with special thanks to everyone that we photographed including Doddamma, Nagaraju, Nagaraju, Ningashetti, Sidderaju and Swetha who all appeared in the ‘day in a life of’ series.
AIFO is an NGO based in Italy, with international outreach in the fight against leprosy and with community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programmes for people with disabilities, including those due to leprosy and people with mental illness.
For further information see www.aifo.it