Countryside adventure

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Is Saturday I got to photograph an amazing and fun event with friends! 

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My American friend, Nicole, and a group of her friends from church, gathered in Nicole’s husbands village. We had boxes and boxes of clothes and toys to give to the kids and some food for the families. 

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Nicole’s group of friends work at a local factory (Featival)  that makes clothes and children’s costumes. They were able to get donated all the leftovers that had small flaws in them. 

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The families would come through the line, one by one, to receive their things. The kids were so excited! After they received their clothes and costumes, many of them put them on so we could take photos of them!!

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They will continue to do this once a week, traveling to other villages in Tana.  

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I was so happy and excited to be a part of this day, to see the joy in the kids faces and to capture those moments.

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After the event, we found a spot for having a picnic. As we were eating, we looked up and saw all these kids walking towards us, all in their costumes!!

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Thank you Nicole for inviting me!! 

MCA

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I was happy to visit my friends school, MCA (Madagascar Christian Academy) here in Tana.  

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I visited this school back in 2008 with my Mom, when it was just getting started. 

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They have 324 students and almost 40 teachers. 

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I got to visit with the kids when they had recess throughout the day. Most students are nationals, but there are some form other countries. MCA is an English speaking school. It was fun to talk to them in English.  

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 MCA has multiple sport teams...basketball, volleyball and soccer. I was able to get some individual shots of kids as well as team photos.  

MCA has multiple sport teams...basketball, volleyball and soccer. I was able to get some individual shots of kids as well as team photos.  

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Thank you Braun, Pri and all the staff at MCA for welcoming me yesterday. Thank you for all you do for the children in this school, and in Madagascar.  

Tiffany

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She’s seriously the cutest little 2 year old!! 

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she had fun getting her photos taken. She would find different spots around the yard to stand and pose for me!

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I’ve known her Mom since she was little. And I met Tiffany the first time, 2 years ago when she was born. 

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Iris Ministry

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A couple weeks ago I was able to visit Iris Ministry here in Tana. I was able to learn more about what they are doing here in Tana. 

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They help and support close to 150 children. They have 5 houses; one is for the infants and toddlers, one for the boys and three for the girls. I was able to visit 4 out of 5 of the houses.  

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My highlight of the visit was spending some time with the little kids, watching them play outside and taking their photos. They loved getting their picture taken. 

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They also have a school for the kids to attend.  

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Every Wednesday morning they have their milk program ministry. Local families with babies come to receive some powdered milk. They also weigh the babies to make sure they are getting enough food.  

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Every Friday afternoon they also have a ministry at a local dump. I’m hoping to visit them during that ministry

I T A O S Y

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I first came to Itaosy back in 1999. It was when I was in Madagascar for my DTS with YWAM. One of my friends, another student, would invite me over to her house from time to time, in Itaosy, to visit her family. 

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From that time on, they took me in as one of their own. They treated me like family.  

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If I was sick, they would take care of me, they made sure I had all I needed, they cared for me.  

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I’ve seen so many of these kids grow up before my eyes. I love seeing them again. 

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These are just a few shots from my Itaosy family. There will be a lot more to come! 

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F I T A

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This guy right here has been anticipating my coming. He’s been wanting to do photos again and hang out since the last time I was here.  

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I hope to spend more time with Fita, as well as the others, taking as many photos as I can. 

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We need to do photos again soon Fita!

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a boy named Darrell

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I love this kid!! He's so much fun to work with. For every session, I get exactly what I am hoping for and more!! I love it that he also gives me ideas for the photos!! He has an amazing creative mind!

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I've wanted to do this session for a couple of months now, and finally got the chance yesterday. 

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I got the trucker hat from my dear friend Kelsea, when she was visiting. And the jean shirt, we actually found when we were doing some thrifting in Nashville. Kelsea actually eyed it first, and I'm so glad we got it!!

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I knew I had to do some type of photo session with J, using that shirt and the cool trucker hat. Add on the sweet glasses, cut off jean shorts and the name tag...perfection!!

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This kid is a natural in front of the camera!!

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He had the idea of leaping into this field!! 

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Darell, you're awesome!!

Moonstone Beach

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Even though the wind that day was crazy, we still loved walking around Moonstone beach in Cambria, and searching for some cool moonstones. 

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Everyone was digging around, looking for the best moonstone!

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We went across the street and had a nice cup of Joe at a cool little spot!

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I could stay at this place forever. I love the sound of the waves, I love the color of the water, I love how calming it is. California, you always have my heart. 

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