The ReachAnother Foundation
'ReachAnother Foundation (RAF) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organisation that promotes better access to healthcare services for medically underserved populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. We reach out to those who"fall through the cracks" of governmental programs, public assistance and multinational relief efforts. Our success is measured one family and one community at a time' www.reachanother.org
REACHANOTHER FILMS BY LEAH LLEWELLYN (2015-2018)
I have been working with the ReachAnother Foundation since April 2015. Based in Central Oregon, USA, I document their work in Ethiopia with children suffering from Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida and Autism.
This film features the 2015 opening of ReachAnother's second school for autistic children in Nazareth, Southern Ethiopia.
Community Arts North West
'Community Arts North West (CAN) is a Manchester-based arts development organisation working with urban communities across Greater Manchester to create access to cultural production for people that are excluded from or on the fringes of the mainstream. CAN facilitates cultural expression and visibility with the many diverse communities that make up Greater Manchester, working with people from a range of ages, cultural heritages and art form interests including performing, visual and new media arts. We are proud to ally ourselves with the historical struggle of communities to create a better world. Our work brings people, artists and communities together in urban spaces to articulate and share hidden histories, to explore the complex identities and makeup of today’s communities in Britain and to tell it how it is.' www.can.uk.com
LISAPO: A LIVING ARCHIVE BY LEAH LLEWELLYN (2015)
LISAPO: THE CONGOLESE TALES BY LEAH LLEWELLYN (2014)
Circus in Ethiopia by Leah Llewellyn
'I was three years old when I saw my first images of Ethiopia. The television was on in the "grown up's room", but as a curious child, I crept in. The BBC was broadcasting an exposé of a devastating famine in northern Ethiopia. Distressed and confused by what I had seen, I attempted to make sense of these horrifying images. Everyday, sometimes three four times a day, for the next two years, I drew the same picture. It was a circle cut in half; the top half was the sky with birds and a huge sun, the lower half was the barren ground where a mother stood holding the hands of her two children, everybody in the picture was crying. Concerned, my parents would ask me what this picture was about; I would reply; "this is Ethiopia".
From philanthropist to journalist, theatre practitioner to politician, mass starvation haunted the imagination and plagued the conscience. 'The face of aid was transformed and the face of hunger was Ethiopian' (Gill 2010: 2). Such distressing images continue to dominate the popular perception of Ethiopia. Circuses in Ethiopia attempt to challenge this stereotype.' Juggling Adendas: Circus in Ethiopia by Leah Llewellyn (Research Masters Thesis 2011: 6)
CIRCUS DEBRE BERHAN: HIV ROAD SHOW BY LEAH LLEWELLYN (2011)