Dear TB Photovoice Family,
We are happy to report that our revamped TB Photovoice website is now ready to go for persons willing to contribute their personal TB stories to the TB Voices Project for Snohomish and King County, Washington! With funding from the Firland Foundation for this year long project, we spent March and April preparing for the implementation of this project that will bridge the gap between a local and global TB experiences.
How the TB Voices Project Works:
We are assisting participants, with their permission, to document their TB experience using either photos, video/voice recordings, and/or their written story. With the participants' consent, we will share their insights through our TB Photovoice website and at various community education opportunities/events. These life stories can help others around the globe currently impacted by TB. Participants may choose to be anonymous.
In gathering TB stories, TB Voices will create a community capacity for global TB awareness by collaborating and drawing parallels between our TB Photovoice Projects in other countries and Washington state TB realities. This will give us the opportunity to amplify the voices of persons impacted by TB in Pakistan, South Africa, and Mexico.
If you have friends, colleagues, or family members living in King or Snohomish County who may be interested in learning about the TB Voices Project, please help us sharing our website with them. However, anyone with a TB story is welcome to share on our website.
We also encourage you to reflect on your family history. As you know, at the turn of the century and into the 1950s, many families across all social classes in the U.S. were impacted by TB. My own Grandmother Ole lived in a TB sanatorium for 4 years, from the time my mother was in 4th grade until she was in 7th grade. One of my mother's most vivid memory of that time period was visiting her mother a couple times a month, but only to speak to her through a window-- standing outside in the wet, Washington weather. There are stories to be heard and these stories will encourage and inspire those impacted by TB today.
Thank you for your continued support and compassion.
TB Photovoice Project Director
Greetings TB Photovoice family,
As many of you know, Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease the has been around since ancient times. Not one country, developed or developing, has been able to completely eradicate this adaptable bacteria. Every country has their own unique story about the impact this disease has had on individuals and communities.
We believe it would be a powerful activity to document the histories and current perspectives of persons impacted by TB in a region of the U.S. and combine this with the knowledge obtained from our global TB Photovoice groups.
Our most recent collaboration within Pakistan, where 58,000 people died from TB in 2010, highlighted many challenges and supportive factors that confront a person experiencing TB. The number of TB cases in 2010 in the United States, around 10,000, is not even comparable to the 400,000 cases in Pakistan. Yet, humanity is our common denominator. The more we understand the complexities of TB in a given location, the more we can create solutions to the root causes of TB.
TB Photovoice is honored to collaborate with the Firland Foundation, near Seattle, Washington, to conduct a yearlong project that will allow community members in two counties to document their personal TB stories.
We want to inform and share personal TB narratives with this local region in Washington state so that we begin to understand our past, provide the community and TB health care professionals insight into the personal experience of TB, and create an awareness of the current, complex struggles that plague global communities.
We hope you will support us in this new project that will combine the voices of persons impacted by TB who have participated in our TB Photovoice groups in Mexico, South Africa, and Pakistan, with those in Washington state. We will update you on the details of this project as they develop. By World TB Day, in March 2014, we intend to have an exhibition that highlights this year long process.
Thank you all for your tremendous support over the years. We have learned so much from our TB Photovoice groups and it is a privilege to share these stories with a regional U.S. story that has yet to be heard.
Hello TB Photovoice family,
As the year comes to a close, we wish to acknowledge your kindness and generosity. Your support for TB Photovoice has been instrumental in our continuing dedication to raising the voices of persons impacted by tuberculosis. Last Saturday, December 1, was World AIDS Day. Our TB Photovoice home office in Washington state collaborated in a World AIDS Day march and commemorative event in the city of Everett. We exhibited photos associated with the Nuestra Casa Initiative, an extension project of TB Photovoice groups along the U.S.-Mexico border. We shared the photos by Photographer Damien Schumann which highlighted the personal perspective of persons impacted both by HIV and TB. A very powerful experience for all those who attended. In early 2011, TB Photovoice was contacted by the Indus Hospital Research Center in Karachi, Pakistan. They were interested in receiving technical support to implement a TB photovoice project in their city. Our trainer Eva Moya provided excellent guidance and their project was a big success! They called their project "Tasweer-e-Zindagi" (tasweer is picture/photograph and zindagi is life) and this newly released video is a fantastic representation of their tremendous work! We are looking forward to new possibilities in 2013 and hope that you will continue to follow us on Facebook, the TB Photovoice website, or supporting us on GlobalGiving. All the best to you and your family this holiday season. Sincerely, Teresa Rugg