Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

1 Amputee Sierra Leone

The Peace Project, an international social movement that I work with in Sierra Leone, changed this man’s life by giving him a pair of crutches.

I took this photograph in May 2012 during one of The Peace Project’s crutch distribution efforts in Sierra Leone, West Africa.


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sustainabilitea
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 17:07:24

    What a great reminder that something that seems small to us may be something large and wonderful to someone else. Blessings on your and on their work.



    • Michele D'Acosta
      Apr 13, 2013 @ 17:12:48

      Janet, thank you so much. Your words bring tears to my eyes. A number of the physically-challenged people that we gave crutches to, told us: “This is a miracle.” We handed out crutches in Sierra Leone to whoever needed them. Thank you for your blessings. My blessings to you, too. Michele


      • sustainabilitea
        Apr 13, 2013 @ 17:14:02

        This type of mission is a wonderful thing. We support people who do similar things but haven’t been able to be directly involved. Both sides of the equation are needed.
        I appreciate your blessings as well.


      • Michele D'Acosta
        Apr 13, 2013 @ 17:19:04

        Janet, I would love to hear more about your work.
        Below is a link to The Peace Project website — we are always looking to collaborate with folks with a similar ethos. Many blessings, Michele


      • sustainabilitea
        Apr 13, 2013 @ 17:22:30

        Our help is financial but two of the groups we support are Compassion International and Gospel for Asia. We sponsor children and such a small (to us) amount provides so much for these children. It’s such a joy. We get letters from them, too, and pictures they’ve colored. When we sent a birthday gift and get a picture back of them, their family and all the things they purchased, it’s heart-achingly wonderful.


      • Michele D'Acosta
        Apr 13, 2013 @ 22:40:03

        Janet, it’s wonderful to know that you are making a positive difference in the lives of these children and their families. The organization that I’m involved with also has a child sponsorship program. In addition, I sponsor a young guy called Musa who had his leg amputated by rebels during the 10-year civil war in Sierra Leone. All of us who do this work are blessed to have received this calling.


  2. Maggie
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 17:18:29

    Wonderful photo to share for this challenge. I love that the moment your captured makes it appear that is jumping for joy.


  3. Heather Tamara
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 18:44:19

    Sounds like an amazing program. Your photo really captures the joy that a small (to many of us) change can bring to someone in need of just that change!


  4. jalal michael sabbagh,http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 16:33:14

    Thank you Michele for your support ,and your approval of my post ( Boston Terrorist attack.Be well and God bless you.Jalal


  5. Kozo
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 00:59:39

    Love the Peace Project. Thank you for all you do. Such an inspiring picture. {{{hugs]}} Kozo


    • Michele D'Acosta
      Apr 19, 2013 @ 20:12:31

      Kozo, thank you so much for your love of The Peace Project! I feel honored that this picture inspired you. I look forward to following your amazing blog. All best wishes, Michele


  6. Bryan Do
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 13:11:11

    Thank you for liking my blog. This post is just as great!

    Nguyen Do


  7. fgassette
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 21:19:18

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.


  8. Bill Jones, Jr.
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 00:56:57

    Such a wake the violence in Sierra Leone left. I remember being on ebay years back, buying a very old mask. The seller subsequently told me her husband found it somewhere in the region, and the village was subsequently wiped out. I look at it every day, wondering if there’s anyone left who would remember its origin.


    • Michele D'Acosta
      Apr 24, 2013 @ 14:36:00

      Bill, thanks so much for reading my blog. I read with great interest and sadness your story of the Sierra Leonean mask. If you would like to send me a picture of the mask and the name of the village, I would be more than happy to make some enquiries. My email is icostafilms@gmail.com

      Peace and blessings, Michele


  9. blueribbonfair
    May 05, 2013 @ 00:10:29

    Thanks for the follow of my blog. Like the color of your background. Cheery.


  10. caimbeul
    May 05, 2013 @ 22:37:42

    We never arrive at true being until we discover the joy in serving humanity. kudos to you my friend.


  11. A Rhythm Runs Through It
    May 10, 2013 @ 23:34:32

    So inspiring Michele! Thank you for the follow, I have returned the generous favor! :-D


  12. aj vosse
    May 15, 2013 @ 09:16:03

    Gosh! That´s some image! Really get´s the grey matter working…


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 15, 2013 @ 09:21:30

      Thank you so much! In one of the earlier comments somebody said the man looks as if he’s jumping for joy. I tend to agree… I was part of a charitable effort that donated 10,000 pairs of crutches to disabled people in Sierra Leone. God bless you and hope your day is lively :-)


  13. Melissa Dalton-Bradford
    May 16, 2013 @ 19:53:57

    This photo is utterly arresting, and the context (your caring efforts, the contributions through your blog) makes the moment that much more so. Michele, you’re a warm gust of healing wind in a chilly world. Thanks for the example.-M


  14. frizztext
    May 19, 2013 @ 09:47:10

    “…changed this man’s life by giving him a pair of crutches…” = good. But first the inhumanity of war changed his life.


  15. shikha gautam
    May 20, 2013 @ 05:01:44

    Apart from a great post, you guys are doing great work. I take a bow.


  16. sandrabranum
    May 24, 2013 @ 20:47:28

    Reblogged this on SandraBranum's Blog and commented:
    This is so beautiful I just had to share it.


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