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The Project

Bryan Watt and Leila Srour MD, have been selected by Photographers Without Borders to document The Maya Health Alliance- Wuqu' Kawoq, project. This project works to transform the health of Maya communities in Guatemala believing that everyone–no matter where they were born or what language they speak–should have the highest quality health care. The Maya Health Alliances work in Guatemala’s most impoverished communities, solving their pressing health care needs. They overcome barriers to health–uniting medicine, culture, and language. The Maya Health Alliance is recognized as a leader in the field of nutrition, one of the most significant aspects of child health in Guatemala. They help other organizations in Guatemala to implement their own nutrition programs and conduct nutrition research funded by other institutions. They also care for children with complex illnesses such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, seizure disorders, and cancer.

The Photographer

Over the years, my wife Leila and I have reported on many health-related organizations in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific, and on eleven projects in eight countries on the African Continent. Leila, a pediatrician (MD, FAAP, MPH, DTM&H), can evaluate and share from a medical perspective while I document through photography. Each visit has provided us with local knowledge, ways of doing things, creative solutions, contact information, and inspiration that we are able to share with other projects.

We look forward to this opportunity to help the Maya Health Alliance. They are dedicated to helping the underserved indigenous community by providing access to medical care in their language. We hope to share, contribute, and learn as we have done with rural health projects and indigenous communities elsewhere. Hopefully, the Maya Health Alliance will benefit from our knowledge and professional photographs to convey understanding and produce compassionate empathy as part of their donor relations strategy to generate increased philanthropic support.

Bryan Watt Biography

After teaching at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, my full-time goal for the previous 16 years has been to help those in need. I can’t do it myself, but I’m able to assist the organizations that are helping them. I can contribute with photographs that create a sense of purpose and cohesiveness, raise credibility, and share accomplishments and successes with donors. My photos focus on the feelings of people who are in need, create emotional empathy and make it harder not to help them.

Since 2004, we helped those less fortunate by moving to a small village in the Lao PDR, building a school building, selecting and supporting scholarship students, assisting patients to access medical care locally, nationally, internationally, and sometimes attending funeral ceremonies. We provide ongoing support to this community.

Bryan and his wife Leila Srour, a pediatrician have been living in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) from 2002 to 2013. Now they are always on the road with no home base.

Leila Srour Biography

Leila Srour is a pediatrician and an international volunteer, supporting pediatric training in developing countries. This year, she is working in Laos and Bhutan. Last year, she volunteered in Cambodia, Nepal, Laos, and Bhutan.

From 2002-2013, Leila volunteered with Health Frontiers supporting the training of Lao pediatricians and the continuing medical education of the graduates. With her husband, Bryan, they supported the Butterfly Children’s Development Center, an after-school program in their village in Luang Namtha, northern Laos.

Leila completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London, 2002. She graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University in 2001. Leila worked as a general pediatrician in Santa Barbara 1984-2001. She is a Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles pediatric residency 1983 graduate. She graduated from Loma Linda medical school in 1978.

Donor Incentive

Bryan will send you a one-time use lab coupon good for a free custom photographic print from this trip to Guatemala to donors contributing USD 200 or more. You may select from a selection of images once the project is completed and order through Prints will ship unsigned directly from the lab with nominal shipping not included. When donating, please leave a note in the comment box with your name and email.

Leila and I have already paid for our trip costs through this website and need no further funding. However, you are welcome to contribute knowing that your donations will be allocated 50/50 between Photographers Without Borders and the Maya Health Foundation in Guatemala. Both are 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations in the USA.

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