Lesley Louden focuses her camera on Lesotho, a country that has been devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She profiles the work of the African Library Project, which uses literacy and the teaching of English as a way of providing orphaned children with hope and lessons in HIV prevention.
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Moving Walls 15 Documentary Photography Project
Moving Walls 15 includes photographers who cover a range of social justice and human rights issues of significance to the Open Society Foundations. The exhibit documents abuse of power at Abu Ghraib and in North Korea, HIV education in Lesotho, industrial pollution in Bangladesh, daily life in Azerbaijan, and the separation wall between Mexico and the United States.
Matlali. Malealea Valley, Lesotho, Africa.
Matlali, whose parents died from AIDS, lives with her grandparents, sister, and nephews. Matlali must do all her homework on her own as no one else in her family can speak or read English. Though she is an excellent student, her future is unclear. Me Theresa’s seventh grade classroom is a refuge for Matlali and the other orphans, and they often volunteer to clean on Fridays. Matlali dusts and arranges the small classroom’s corner library.