Making A Difference With Photography – Explorer Sarah Street

Posted Oct. 31st, 2013 by Daniel J. Cox

Sarah enjoying a day in the field on our Alaska brown bear photo tour.

Sarah enjoying a day in the field on our Alaska brown bear photo tour.

One of the things I enjoy is trying to inspire our Explorers to believe they can make a difference in the world through the power of inspiring images. One of our dear friends and fellow Explorer is Sarah Street. Sarah is quite an English lady that oversees a tremendous amount of wealth in the world of insurance. I’ve never seen her at work but knowing her position, she without a doubt commands a tremendous amount of respect in the world of high finances; however, you would never know it. She’s one of the most down to earth, kind, and considerate people I’ve ever met and she loves to travel and take pictures.

Sarah has been searching the past couple of years for something she can sink her heart into and she found it recently in the the non-profit organization READ Global. READ Global’s website describes the beginning of the organization:

Photos from Sarah's trip to Nepal that she included on a thank you card she sent us.

Photos from Sarah’s trip to Nepal that she included on a thank you card she sent us.

READ Global was inspired by a simple wish from a Nepalese trekking guide: to have a library for his village. Listening to the request of her travel companion twenty years ago, Dr. Antonia “Toni” Neubauer, a former language teacher and education researcher, understood the incredible value access to books and information could offer a community. She had traveled throughout Asia for decades with her adventure travel company Myths and Mountains, acclaimed by National Geographic Adventure and Travel & Leisure. Embracing the opportunity to give back to a part of the world that had filled her with so much joy during three decades of traveling to rural Asia, Toni harnessed her resources and founded Rural Education and Development (READ) in 1991 in Nepal.

A photo of part of the Read Global Progress Report sent out to donors showcasing the Madi Read Center.

A photo of part of the Read Global Progress Report sent out to donors showcasing the Madi Read Center.

This past summer Sarah traveled to Nepal to help READ Global open the new Madi Community Library & Resource Center in the Chitwan district of Nepal. While there she used her camera to capture some of the festivities and grand opening activities for sharing with donors and interested parties back home. We here at Natural Exposures just want to commend Sarah for doing such wonderful things for less fortunate people in the world and bringing the images home to inspire others. You can see more of Sarah’s work in the PDF we created from a couple of mailings Sarah sent us about the center she helped open in Nepal. Click here or on the photo above to be taken to the PDF.

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