Caught Between Two Worlds

Lincho is an undocumented worker who has lived in North Carolina for six years. Three years ago he was joined by his wife, and they now have a daughter together. He goes out every morning to a local gas station with hopes of finding a day’s work. He says he is constantly living in fear that he may be deported and separated from his family.

Though it means sacrificing higher wages and a better education for his daughter, Lincho recently decided to return to Mexico in order to ensure that his family can stay together. “It is more difficult, but I’d rather be together with my family…one cannot tell one’s heart what to feel.”

My Elephant, My Brother

Life in the jungle has been Surin “Eet” Jaitrong’s world since he fell in love with his first elephant at the age of 19. As a mahout – or elephant caretaker – in the southern Thai province of Phang-nga, Jaitrong grew up living with elephants.

Today, at age 45, he lives a fulfilling life caring for Plai Gaew, a 48-year-old male elephant.Each morning, Jaitrong treks out to the forest to bring Plai Gaew in for a scrub bath and a day of tourist rides. When the sun fades, Jaitrong returns Plai Gaew to his jungle home that sustains him with food, medicinal plants and boundless freedom.Because of their unique bond, Plai Gaew is not just Jaitrong’s elephant. Together, they are supporting each other as family.

The Forgotten Ones

Archeological sites in Peru’s northern coast are being destroyed at unprecedented rate, by looting, agricultural expansion and squatter settlements. Moche Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to protecting these sites.

Be a Firefighter

New Castle County is actively working with various organizations including the Emergency Services Corps to help recruit and retain new volunteers.

Photojournalists Rising

When the Asian tsunami hit southern Thailand in 2004, the sea that had sustained the region for generations – the Andaman – rose up, destroying families and killing thousands.

Three-and-a-half years later, a team of journalists set out for the seaside province of Phang-nga to document the lives and culture of people living by the Andaman. They found a people marked – but not defined – by disaster, a people who have taken on challenges and risen above them.

By the salty docks of Phang-nga they found stories of determination. In Buddhist temples they found tradition. On boats and in schools and on the streets of tiny villages, they found surprises, sadness, laughter and hope.

Welcome to life by the Andaman Sea.

Cape Fear to Down Here: Canals Connecting Community

Unique to the Ocean Isle Beach are the systems of natural and concrete canals providing access to the intracoastal Waterway. The Canals have also established a strong sense of community within the neighborhoods that share these waterways.