Pingala x Young Henrys Community Solar Launch + Investor Party

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Locals and potential investors were invited to participate at the Pingala Community Solar launch last Sunday 21st August. Thanks to City of Sydney‘s grant funding, Young Henrys Brewery will help community group Pingala purchase and install solar photovoltaic panels at its Newtown Brewery site.
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The installation of solar photovoltaic panels will generate enough electricity from the system to power the entire brewing process avoiding around 127 tonnes greenhouse gas emissions a year.The project will be the first for Pingala, part of a plan to start building community-owned solar farms on businesses and organisations across Sydney.
The Young Henrys solar PV system is expected to be up and running by the end of August.Photography by Josephine Ki Photography
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Nepal NGO Reportage: Accessible Education for Remote Regions

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I’ve just returned from a 6 month trip to Nepal where I spent several months in this period documenting stills footage for local and international non profits organisations. Helambu Education & Livelihood Project (HELP Nepal) was one of the local NGO I assisted – their core involvement were to improve accessibility and attendance levels in education amongst children in the Earthquake affected region east of Kathmandu as well as provide livelihood for people in the area.

On this occasion, our mission was to distribute school supplies to primary school children in remote villages in the Sindulpalchok region. The three hour bumpy drive took us through gorgeous vistas of Kathmandu Valley and beyond. Winding our way up steep and narrow hillsides, I was awed by the beauty that beholds. Set high amidst the clouds with stunning backdrops of Trisuli River and the Himalayan mountain range, it was almost like a scene straight out of a fairytale. Almost.

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Here, as consequence of furious landslides the roads are dangerous, rugged and muddy. Destroyed homes lined the countrysides like brickwork cavities strewn with dusty piles of rubble and patched up with haphazard corrugated tin sheets of varying sizes suspended together by planks of rotting wood here and bamboo there.

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It has been over a year since the first devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, yet all around the nation, countrysides like Sindulpalchok – one of the hardest hit of the country’s 75 districts, are still dotted with shaky tarpaulin tents and small tin sheds that seem barely strong enough to withstand the monsoon rainstorms due this summer, let alone another tremor in this earthquake-prone region.

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Students of Shree Urleni Primary School and Shree Gyanodaya Primary School, Mahankal living in these temporary shelters in remote alpine villages walk up to 2 hours each way to the top of the mountain where they attend schools constructed with the assistance of HELP Nepal. On this day, we were there to distribute school supplies consisting of text books, writing materials and other educational supplies.

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For more images from our trip, check out my online NGO Reportage – Accessible Education for Remote Regions.

To donate to this worthy cause and know that your dollar is going to a local NGO based in Nepal, go to HELP Nepal.

Photography commissioned by HELP Nepal.

 

 

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Love in Kathmandu

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A sneakpeak from today’s couples photography session in Patan, Kathmandu with Canadian expat and digital nomad Laska and her man Bikash who designs websites.

The pair are one of the most easy going, spontaneous, fun and down to earth couple I have had the pleasure of photographing in Kathmandu so far. Not only did they waltz in the middle of a busy street amongst rickshaws and elephants (yes – we saw an elephant on the road, welcome to Asia!), they insisted on hijacking a fruit vendor’s stand and nearly adopted a dog.

There was little time during the 2 hours period where one of us were not laughing. The above image is a quiet moment taken towards the end of the couples photography session.

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InterNations Kathmandu Social

Kathmandu expats gathered at The Summit Hotel‘s boutique outdoor functions area for a monthly event organised by InterNations Kathmandu. Patrons enjoyed cocktails and canapes as well as rounds of Nepal Ice Nature courtesy of sponsor Chaudhary Group .

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Diamonds Are Forever

RK Jewellery – Diamond Collection

Venue: Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu – Nepal

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Nepali Drive Thru

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Vendor offering goods for sale to bus patrons in Pokhara, Nepal.

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Portraiture of a Portrait Photographer

New York based renowned photographer Jim Herrington is the man who took iconic photographs of Hollywood legends such as Morgan Freeman, Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Keith Richards, and Jerry Lee Lewis to name a few.
He has just returned to Kathmandu from photographing mountaineer Kancha Sherpa in Khumbu, Nepal as part of his forthcoming book project on legendary mountain climbers around the world. Inspired by history and adventure, the project focuses on mountaineers from the 1920s – 1960s Golden Age era and has taken him through the East Coast of America, Italy, Japan, Nepal, and France.

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The Future of Kathmandu

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One year on from the Gorkha Earthquake that (by conservative estimate) killed nearly 9000 Nepalis and swiped out entire villages leaving devastating effects on the lives of thousands more across the nation; it is the innocence and fighting spirit of the youths and the resilience of the Nepali people that keeps this country from looking back. 

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Rebuilding Hope – All Hands Volunteers, Nepal

On 25 April 2015, Nepal was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 Mw followed by numerous aftershocks in the coming months which caused devastation in much of the country. Nearly 800,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, along with some 30,000 classrooms, rural roads, businesses, and heritage sites. Within 72 hours, American based humanitarian response NGO All Hands Volunteers were in the region to provide crisis relief at the front line.20160305 All Hands Low Res-35.jpg

Nepal is amongst the poorest country in South Asia. The people in the mountain regions of Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok especially, where in some cases almost 95 per cent of all houses were destroyed, have little or no money to make a new beginning. Almost one year on, the aftermath of that disaster continues to be felt by thousands of Nepalis who are still living in tents and sub standard temporary shelters, with extremely limited facilities.

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To date, teams of committed volunteers at All Hands provide hands on relief 6 days a week assisting with demolition of unsafe damaged buildings; rubble removal; and reconstruction of schools amongst others in remote geographical operating environment that are rugged and largely inaccessible by vehicles.

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For more information or to make a donation:http://hands.org/projects/nepal-earthquake-response/#NepalEarthquake

A full gallery of images is available here .

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Photography Commissioned by All Hands allhands.org/
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Premier Mike Baird unveils iconic plan for Western Sydney

On March 11, Premier Mike Baird announced the design for the 200 hectare Western Sydney recreational project to be known as Bungarribee Super Park.

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The park will include 15000 trees, 4km of bike and walking paths with bridges and lookouts, multiple playgrounds, cafes, an events space and 400 parking spaces.

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The $15 million project is due for completion in 2018.

“The new Bungarribee Super Park will become as iconic for Western Sydney as New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park.” claims Baird.

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“The last expansion of recreational facilities on this scale in Western Sydney was almost 30 years ago when Bicentennial Park at Homebush was built.”

Mr Baird made the announcement on his campaign bus tour ahead of the March 28 election where he retained his seat for NSW.

Photography by www.josephineki.com
Commissioned by Western Sydney Parklands Trust

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