HUMANITARIAN photographer and storyteller Helen Manson is headed to Invercargill at the end of this month as part of a free event through Tearfund’s A Hope More Powerful Than Poverty tour.
She will speak at First Church, Invercargill, about her all time favourite images and stories.
Manson recently returned to New Zealand after living in Uganda for six years with her husband and three children.
Her photography work has taken her around the world to some of the most challenging environments documenting famine, refugee settlements and disaster zones.
She has travelled to more than 40 countries including Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and India, photographing global humanitarian issues for charities and not-for-profit organisations worldwide. She had won several photography competitions including the Council for International Development and New Zealand Herald.
Tearfund New Zealand chief executive Ian McInnes said, spoken to thousands of people including Isis wives in Iraq, refugees in camps and child sponsors around the world.
“The stories and insights she’s gleaned are fascinating and inspiring, and not to be missed.
“From moments of laughter and the gift of clean water in refugee camps to the intimacy of a newborn’s first kiss in the remotest of hospitals, one thing I’ve learned is there is always hope and beauty to be found in even the most desperate situations.”
There will also be an opportunity to sponsor a child through Tearfund.