Sunday 19 February 2017

Simon Cumbers Media Fund success for Independent News and Media journalists

Published 06/08/2015 | 13:35

Students Mohammed Abdallah and Mbarak Abdul pictured at the Tom Mboya Primary School, Mombasa (Photo: Denise Calnan)
Students Mohammed Abdallah and Mbarak Abdul pictured at the Tom Mboya Primary School, Mombasa (Photo: Denise Calnan)

Independent News and Media titles have been awarded funding for five projects in the latest round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.

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Independent.ie's Declan Whooley and Louise Kelly are set to visit Lebanon and Guatemala respectively in the next few months, while Deirdre O’Shaughnessy has been funded to go to Cambodia for the Irish Independent.

Declan Whooley is focusing on a Lebanon refugee camp for his project. He is set to report on the vital part mobile phone technology plays in the lives of Syrian refugees and how the growing use of mobile technology is helping the humanitarian effort.

Louise Kelly has been funded to go to Guatemala to highlight the situation there where women do not widely take part in the decision making process, and where very high levels of violence against women exist.

Deirdre O’Shaughnessy has been funded to go to Cambodia to examine developmental issues there, especially universal primary education. She will reference Anita’s Orphanage, a facility in Cambodia which is part funded by an annual exhibition in St Luke’s in Cork city.

Paul McCambridge was awarded funds to travel to Nepal and India, to produce a multimedia project that will explore why human traffickers in Nepal, Bangladesh and West Bengal kidnap from their own communities and the impact this has. The project will be published by the Sunday World.

And Jenny Barker was awarded funds to travel to Haiti to produce a photographic social documentary that will show how Haitian women in poor areas are changing their lives for the better, through business and entrepreneurship programmes. Her work will be published through the Irish Independent.

Independent.ie’s Denise Calnan already travelled to Mombasa, Kenya with the Simon Cumbers Fund this year.

Her project focused on both the use of technology in primary school education in the developing country and, separately, the sense of fear in the country following the recent terror attack on Garissa University.

Graham Clifford also travelled to the Sahara Desert for Independent.ie this year and focused on the daily lives of nomadic women at the desert's refugee camps.

Independent.ie award-winning journalist Jason O’Brien was a recipient of the the summer 2013 round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.

Jason travelled to Port-au-Prince Haiti with photojournalist Mark Condren after the catastrophic earthquake in January 2010. Mark and Jason recently returned to Haiti to look at the effectiveness of aid and the emergency response, the ‘before and after’ of individual peoples’ lives, and their views on relief effort, four years after the world’s media has left and moved onto other humanitarian disasters.

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