In 2001–2002, Peter Jordan worked as a Hart Fellow for Christian Children’s Fund (now called ChildFund) in Kenya. CCF sponsors projects that aid children affected by poverty, drought, unsafe living conditions, and tropical disease. Peter worked as a media specialist for CCF, teaching documentary and media techniques to CCF staff based in development programs in rural sectors.
As part of his work, Peter spent three months in a bush village working with children to produce video documentaries about their lives and communities. Peter designed a collaborative documentary workshop in which children were trained to use Polaroid Pro-Pack cameras and hand-held camcorders to create portraits of their everyday experiences.
In fall 2002, Peter was in residence at the Center for Documentary Studies as part of the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program where he edited the children’s videos and his own video and photography. The final videos were used by CCF and other organizations as advocacy materials designed to benefit African children and their families.
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In 2001–2002, Sarah Chasnovitz worked as a Hart Fellow for the Foundation for Community Work (FCW) in Cape Town, South Africa. Sarah worked with FCW’s Family in Focus program, an outreach initiative dedicated to enriching family life through child and parent education. As a result of years of apartheid and economic deprivation, family life in many Camp Town townships has been severly affected. In conjunction with local staff, Sarah conceptualized and developed a community radio series. The series featured informational segments and personal narratives that focus on good parenting strategies and early childhood education. The series is fully staffed by community members, all of whom have received training to be hosts, commentators, and interviewers.
In fall 2002, Sarah was in residence at the Center for Documentary Studies as part of the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program where she further edited portions of the radio series and wrote the story of its development and community impact.
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Kacey Young Eichelberger was a Hart Fellow in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 2000-2001 with the Oak Zimbabwe Foundation and Inter-Country Peoples’ Aid (IPA), a local development organization that works in Harare’s peri-urban informal settlements. She worked on all aspects of the grant-making process with an emphasis on evaluating field-based projects across Zimbabwe, and she primarily focused on the effects of HIV on the lives of Zimbabwean children.
Kacey graduated from Duke in 2000 with a degree in Social Justice and Community Activism. While at Duke she studied categories of political, economic, and social exclusion and ways in which communities have organized themselves to enact positive structural change. Kacey worked closely with organizations that serve people living with HIV/AIDS, children with developmental disabilities, and migrant farm workers in eastern North Carolina. After returning from Zimbabwe, Kasey taught kindergarten in Charleston, South Carolina. She then went on to pursue her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and with the intention of running a non-profit medical clinic in the rural South.
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Elaine Menotti was a Hart Fellow in Honduras in 2000-2001, working with the Christian Children’s Fund-Honduras on the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Effectiveness Initiative on Early Child Development Programs. She worked on sustainable development projects with a focus on women and children, helping to gather and look at qualitative research on CCF-Honduras’ programming on a community level, which trains village women in concepts of child development, resilience and public health.
Elaine graduated from Duke in 1999. At Duke, Elaine was an intern for Service Opportunities in Leadership, a component of the Hart Leadership Program. Her internship included working on a sustainable public health project in Honduras and working with grassroots organizations in Nicaragua. Following her Hart Fellowship, Elaine worked for an additional six months with CCF, then returned to Washington, DC to work with the nonprofit organization, Turning the Page. She then completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Meg Hendrickson was a Hart Fellow based in Mexico City, Mexico from 2000-01. Meg worked with Colectivo Mexicano de Apoyo a la Ninez (COMEXANI), an advocacy organization that works to promote children’s rights in Mexico, with special attention to marginalized youths. She worked on a documentary project with street children in Mexico City called “A Look Towards the Streets: Using Documentary Photography to Work with Street Youths.”
Meg graduated from Duke in December 1999 with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Spanish. During the fall 1997 semester she studied abroad in La Paz, Bolivia, where she had the opportunity to work with urban-indigenous women and issues of domestic violence. She also worked at the Christian Commission for Development (CCD) in Honduras, which focuses on capacity-building in communities. CCD sponsors programs in sustainable agriculture, alternative credit, community organizing, literacy training, community health care, gender awareness, and the rescue of cultural identity. After her Hart Fellowship, Meg served as Program Coordinator of the Hart Fellows Program. She then went on to pursue a Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University, concentrating in International Development and Latin American Studies, with Certificates in Development Management and Refugee and Humanitarian Crises.
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Sara Gomez was a 2000-01 Hart Fellow based in Ahmedabad, India, with SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association). She worked with their child care department documenting, through writing and photography, the child care program and its Effectiveness Initiative. Since her return, she has created an exhibit based on this work, some of which appears on this web site. Her work is also featured in the new book, Together We Do Good Work: SEWA’s Child-Care Program in Gujarat, India, published by the Lewis Hine Documentary Initiative at the Center for Documentary Studies in association with the Hart Leadership Program.
Sara graduated from Duke in 2000. She majored in Comparative Area Studies with a focus on Africa and Latin America. She spent the fall semester of her junior year in Madagascar, studying ecology and conservation through the School for International Training. After her Hart Fellowship, she mentored children at the Green River Preserve, an environmental summer camp in North Carolina. She then traveled to Ecuador to work with a sustainable development project. She went on to attend the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in pursuit of a master’s of public health in maternal and child health.
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Marcy Levy was a 1999-2000 Hart Fellow in Zimbabwe working with Inter-Country Peoples’ Aid, a non-governmental organization operating programs in peri-urban, informal settlement communities. Marcy developed and coordinated the adolescent program for the organization, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, and secured funding from Save the Children for a permanent youth program.
Marcy graduated from Duke in 1999 with a degree in History. Her documentary experience includes photographing young Kosovar Albanian refugees in the US for the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, Latino teenage mothers living in North Carolina, and immigrants from the former Soviet Union resettled in East Germany. Upon completing her Hart Fellowship, Marcy served as Hart Fellows Program Coordinator from 2000-01. From 2001-02, she worked in the Francophone division of Family Care International in New York, primarily on developing a youth-friendly health services curriculum for the National School of Public Health in Burkina Faso. In 2003, she worked in Uganda with a community-based HIV/AIDS orphan support program, in Cambodia with a joint EU/UNFPA program on adolescent health, and with Médecins Sans Frontières on a project looking at how to define and assess social, cultural, political and economic vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Marcy graduated in the spring of 2004 from Harvard’s School of Public Health with a Masters in Population and International Health. Her work during her graduate education focused on issues impacting youth in developing and post-conflict countries, primarily HIV/AIDS, migration, and human rights.
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Eric Gottesman was a Hart Fellow with Save the Children-US in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1999-2000. Initially, he documented the potential famine in the Somali Region of southeastern Ethiopia and helped produce reports that led to USAID allocating $2 million to Save the Children for emergency assistance. During the second part of his fellowship, he produced the HIV and AIDS work that appears on this website in cooperation with two Addis Ababa community-based organizations, Medical Missionaries of Mary Counseling and Social Services Center and Yehiwot Tesfa Counseling and Social Services Center. Local exhibits of these photographs and texts, supported by the Mayor of Addis Ababa, attracted hundreds of visitors, received national media coverage and contributed to the trend of openness about HIV/AIDS that is slowly building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Eric graduated from Duke in 1998. His work as a photographer specializes in providing advocacy tools to local, national and international non-profit organizations through collaborative documentary work and participatory photography. His documentary work has been exhibited and supported in Ethiopia, Kenya and the United States by such organizations as Save the Children, Plan International, UNICEF, the Ethiopian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Duke University and various government embassies. Eric has published his photographs and writing in the International Herald-Tribune, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New Hampshire Magazine and was featured in the 2003 book, 25 Under 25, a survey of work from 25 young American photographers. His work is also featured in the 2004 book, Black! A Celebration of Culture, edited by Deborah Willis. In 2003, Eric married Sara Green, and they returned to Ethiopia to continue conducting photographic work on HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.
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Ellen Eischen was a 1999-2000 Hart Fellow based in Jena, Germany. Her Hart Fellowship, co-sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, enabled her to work in a local social service agency, the Jena Methodist Social Service Program, which promotes Aussiedler integration. Aussiedler are ethnic Germans immigrating to Germany from the former Soviet Union and former Eastern Block countries.
Ellen graduated from Duke in 1998. In 1997, she participated in the Hart Leadership Program’s Refugee Action Project in Croatia. Following graduation, Ellen received a Fulbright Fellowship to research the reintegration of Aussiedler into Germany. Until 2001, Ellen continued her work with the Jena Methodist Social Service Program in Germany. Ellen then joined L’Arche Noah Sealth community in Seattle, where she worked and lived with people with developmental disabilities.
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Noah Hendler worked as a 1996-97 Hart Fellow in Rwanda and Malawi with Save the Children-US. During his fellowship, he photographed child-headed households in Rwanda and the impact of AIDS in Malawi. He used his work to create advocacy materials that have been exhibited and published internationally. His work has hung in such locations as the World Bank, the Ronald Reagan Building, the Cannon Office Building, the State Department, the United Nations in New York and the French Cultural Center in Kigali, Rwanda.
Noah graduated from Duke in 1995. While at Duke, he photographed the internally displaced in Azerbaijan, victims of war in Southeast Asia, and the role of chaplains in health care. Noah earned his master’s degree in interactive telecommunications at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before joining the nonprofit startup, Direct Help, which harnesses technology to help nonprofits successfully communicate and fundraise online. Noah and his wife, Nancy, gave birth to their first child, Isaac, in 2003.
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