Kristen began her work on the Rwanda project in 2001 when she helped David Jiranek teach photography during the second annual workshop. Since that time, she has continues to volunteer teach during each annual workshop and runs the NY office of the charity. Kristen is a documentary photographer based in New York City. Her photographs and stories from events in the Middle East, Europe and Africa have appeared in publications including Time, The New Yorker, US News and World Report, Life, Mother Jones, Rolling Stones and The Telegraph Sunday Magazine among others. She has received numerous awards including first place in NNPA Best of Photojournalism, and first and third place in World Press Photo, and the Marty Forscher Fellowship, the Cannon- AFJ Grant and the Getty Grant. She is represented by Contact Press Images.


Joanne McKinney began her association with The Rwanda Project in 2001 working as the film editor for the video elements of the project. She participated in the development of the organizations creative materials and functioned in a support role for David Jiranek, the project founder. With David's death, Joanne stepped in to direct the project and has traveled to Rwanda to work with the children annually. Joanne’s “day job” is in the world of advertising and youth marketing. Joanne lives in Bruxelles, Belgium, with her husband and two young sons but prefers to be dragging the whole family to various destinations around the globe.


Jenifer Howard was first exposed to The Rwanda Project in 2001 when David Jiranek returned from Rwanda after the Project had its first exhibit at the US Embassy in Kigali. Moved tremendously by the stunning images, Jenifer became personally involved in 2003 when the exhibit was shown at The Lincoln Center in New York and has assisted in generating publicity on the the Project, securing segments on ABC World News Tonight, CNN and many other stories with the media. Jenifer is a public relations consultant and specializes in consumer product promotion and lives in Connecticut.


Kesra is a fine art landscape painter living in Middletown, Maryland. As well as showing and selling her work throughout the U.S., Kesra teaches private art lessons to children and adults. She is Art Director at ThorpeWood, an environmental education center near Thurmont, MD, doing graphic design and web management. Kesra has traveled to Rwanda to work with the children twice, teaching photography and many basic art concepts of drawing and painting.


Zachary lives and works at the Imbabazi Orphanage. He is the children’s' pre-school English teacher, as well as an accomplished artist and musician. Through the Eyes of Children would not have been possible without Zachary's hard work and commitment to the children of Rwanda and project.


Todd is a self-taught photographer (both older and younger brothers have claimed to have taught him all he knows) started making and selling documentary photographs in the mid 1970's as a freelance journalist. By the mid 1980's he was the Photo Editor of The Christian Science Monitor. Then in the early 1990's, he taught in the School of Journalism at Boston University for three years. In 1990, he developed a graduate level documentary photography program at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Since his departure from Salt in 1999, he had a three-year stint as First Reader of his church in Dover, New Hampshire, and is Chair of the North Berwick Planning Board in Maine, Vice President of the Great Works Regional Land Trust, and is a driving instructor for his oldest child.
His documentary photography has appeared in many books, magazines, and in large circulation publications such as The London Times, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and was circulated by The Los Angeles Times Syndication Service. A long time ago, he earned a B.A. from Principia College in U.S. history, and a M.S. in instructional media from The University of Southern California. Between earning those degrees, he was drafted into the US Army and came out a First Lieutenant two and a half years later.
He now lives on an old farm in North Berwick, Maine with his smart wife, two beautiful boys, five friendly horses, a bunch of barn cats and the second greatest dog in the world.


Tara is an anthropologist and writer. Over the past twenty-five years, she has worked in Africa, Latin America, Canada and the United States in the areas of ethno medicine, community-based natural resource management, women-in-development, and ethno justice for a variety of organizations, including the United Nations, United States Agency for International Development, and Conservation International. She is the president and co-founder of Perception.

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