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This page was created in support of Photographers Without Borders® (PWB)


I am a photographer living in Victoria, British Columbia. My photography focuses on creating a visual narrative on social issues like land rights, environmental abuse and poverty. I look for cracks in what is presented, I search behind the veil of normalcy to see the untold story. I am a witness to injustices, I seek hidden truths. I wish for my images to connect people, to break biases and objectively but intimately show a real moment. Through this campaign, I hope to shed light on sensitive issues, to go beyond standard documentation, and reveal the humanity and emotions that are actually affected.

I knew about Female Genital Mutilation before this journey began. But it wasn't until I dug deeper that I undiscovered the incredible horrors of it. It's tradition is rooted mainly in ignorance of sexual health, and of stubbornly following cultural norms. Writer Abigail Haworth, in a 2012 piece in The Observer wrote,

"Hdjella led me to a four-year-old girl who was lying down. As the girl squirmed, two midwives put their faces close to hers. They smiled at her, making soft noises, but their hands took an arm and a leg each in a claw-like grip. "Look, look," Hdjella commanded, as a third woman leant in and steadily snipped off part of the girl's clitoris with what looked like a pair of nail scissors. "It's nothing, you see? There is not much blood. All done!" The girl's scream was a long guttural rattle, which got louder as the midwife dabbed at her genitals with antiseptic.

In the dingy, crowded room, her cries merged with the sobs and screeches of other girls lying on desks, the grating sing-song clucking of the midwives, the surreally casual conversational hum of waiting mothers. There was no air.

Outside in the courtyard, the festive atmosphere grew as girls and their mothers emerged from the classroom. There were snacks and music, and later, prayers.

Ety, 40, was elated. She had brought her two daughters, aged seven and three, to be cut. "I want them to be teachers. Being circumcised will bring them good luck," she said. Ety was a farmer who came from a village outside Bandung. "Daughters should be pure and obey their parents."

Pastoralist Child Foundation is an organization that works with the Samburu and Maasai women and community leaders in Archer's Post, Kenya. Through educational workshops and community events they aim to "discuss the myths, facts, and harmful effects of FGM and child marriage amongst other important topics like teen pregnancies and disease." Their goal is to completely eradicate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030. For more information about the organization visit 

I will be travelling to Kenya in November, 2018 with Pastoralist Child Foundation to document their work as an NGO in the area. Photographing their work with local women and community leaders, my aim is to assist the organizations goal in educating people about this dangerous, unnecessary and barbaric tradition. 

Every year, our photographers and videographers donate hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of their time to document the work of grassroots initiatives that are making a real change in this world where it is most needed. By capturing, honouring and witnessing humanity at its best, we are not only inspiring many, but we are forging new narratives of what is and what is possible. 

You can help by supporting our photographers and videographers (See the side bar to the right to see fundraisers for our most recent recruits).

Each of our official photographers/videographers is assigned a GroupRev fundraising page by PWB upon acceptance. These pages are a privilege we offer that are intended to make our programs accessible to all and enable our volunteer photographers/videographers to raise their program fees and subsidize or cover these necessary project-related expenses:

  • Airfare
  • Visa's
  • Vaccinations
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel Insurance

The following expenses are the sole responsibility of the photographer/videographer:

  • Privately arranged travel / Equipment & Equipment Insurance / Software / Extra Baggage Fees / Donation perks / Clothing / Postage/Postcard / Prints / Etc.

Photographers Without Borders® (PWB) envisions a world where we all put ourselves in each others' shoes and work together. Our mission is to inform and inspire positive change by visually communicating the ways that grassroots initiatives are addressing problems in their communities. PWB is registered as a charity in the United States with 501(c)(3) status and is registered as a not-for-profit organization in Canada. All donations are calculated in US Dollars and are tax-deductible for Americans and Canadians with US income.

PWB is not responsible for any donations made outside of these pages.

Any overage amounts raised on GroupRev will be donated with the photographers direction, 100% to the Organization, 100% to PWB or split 50/50, between the photographer's/videographer's assigned cause and PWB, which is also a volunteer-run organization.


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All donations are calculated in US Dollars and are tax-deductible for Americans and Canadians with US income.

Isabelle Saint-Laurent
Hello Kelly, I wish you a great learning experience and look forward to learning myself from your work, that of your fellow travellers, and the people you will meet along your journey. Safe travels, Isabelle
Lana & Andrea $50.00
Mark and Carly
Hi Kelly. Have fun and take lots of photos. Love Mark and Carly
Eden & Wes
Good luck friend & travel safe xo
Jessica & Colin $80.00
Alison Casey
This is an issue that I feel very strongly about and am so grateful that you are doing this work. I admire you greatly. What a special part of the world!
cindy baillie
proud of you
Johnny Arbz
Sorry took me so long Bud, been busy. I admire you so gd much!
Jay Englot $50.00
Jeff Englot $100.00
Cindy Lee Ansley $125.00
Heather Sturm / Gavin Boutet
Thank you for supporting these girls and women. I can't even describe how your words and your thoughts to these women have touched me. Kenya is so amazing. I only wish every female could be as lucky as Canadian women. I applaud your efforts and work to help make the world better.
Tonia Medina
Can't wait to hear the stories buddy!
Thanks Kelly, this is such a great cause!
Melisa melo
Dude. This is awesome. Best of luck!
Go get them tiger!
Good for you Kelly! Awesome cause
Marc and Angie $100.00
Heather Shaw
Safe travels Kelly, and good on you.
Kudos Kelly! We wish you the best!
Sean McMurtry
Safe travels my friend.
GLD $100.00
Roy Nasset $40.00
Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon
Proud of you Kelly
Love ya
Jimmy Beckett
Well either Incubus is on the radio or there’s a work boot in the dryer
Lapin au Miel
proud lil schmetterling you got here!!
Atria Collective $480.00
Michael Lacey $60.00
Shawna Mullen $100.00
Travel Escapes Revelstoke BC
Good luck with this amazing opportunity and if you need help with travel planning let me know, I am happy to donate my airfare commission. Perhaps you can come to Revelstoke one day to present your work. Angela
Amber-Lynn McTaggart
Yeah buddy! Doing great stuff, I like it.
Jason Baillie
Joan Cook & Mike Petroff
What an amazing adventure and cause Kelly! See you in July!!!!
Canmore lube $500.00
Mikale Fenton $50.00
Good luck Kelly! Be a blessing and be safe!
Shannon Lazzarotto
Inspiring once again!
D Robichaud
Glad to hear about this trip Kelly. Africa is a place of so many issues but also full of beauty and beautiful people. I wish you well on this trip and stay safe.
Anonymous $200.00
Esme Comfort
This is serious and amazing work! Good luck, good for you. Give us inspiring photos and stay safe.
Sarah Campeau (Beaudet)
Good on you Kelly, hope everything goes well for you
Atria Collective $250.00

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