In this digital age, we take for granted that we have a hundred zillion photos of our children (maybe a one or two less of us actually with our children). Not so the case with every mother everywhere in the world.

Having just returned from a trip to Ethiopia with ONE, it didn’t take long to realize the powerful tools we hold in our hands every day: our own smartphones and digital cameras. Snap a photo of a reluctant subject…then reverse the device and hand it over. It instantly opened doors of trust, connectivity and communication that we might not have otherwise had.

It was nothing short of remarkable.

Here, just a few of my favorite shots of the power of technology in action through digital photography, in and around Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

ONE trip to Ethiopia | c Liz Gumbinner

ONE moms in Ethiopia | photo c Liz Gumbinner

ONE moms in Ethiopia | photo c Liz Gumbinner

ONE moms in Ethiopia | photo c Liz Gumbinner

ONE moms in Ethiopia | photo c Liz Gumbinner

ONE moms in Ethiopia | photo c Liz Gumbinner

And then perhaps my favorite series of all – watch the transformation.

Ethiopia with ONE | c Liz Gumbinner

ONE moms in Ethiopia | photo c Liz Gumbinner

ONE moms in Ethiopia | photo c Liz Gumbinner

While¬†we may live in different parts of the world and our day to day lives¬†couldn’t be more different, one thing became abundantly clear: there is¬†something magical about a child seeing himself in a photo, possibly for¬†the first time. And there’s something just as magical about having the¬†ability to capture that moment ourselves.

It was nothing short of a privilege.

[ONE moms in the images: Alice Currah, Christine Koh, Kelly Wickham, Asha Dornfest]

I’ve¬†just returned from Ethiopia on behalf of ONE, a non-profit advocacy¬†organization that never asks for your money–only your voices. I’d urge¬†you to sign up for alerts and join the
 ONE moms campaign.

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