Home is Where Her Heart Is
Writer: Jessica Ford, World Ark contributor
Jessica Ford serves as the Global Communications Manager for Heifer International at its headquarters in Little Rock, Ark. Ford joined Heifer in 2007 and soon transitioned into the executive office as Manager of Operations and Assistant to the COO. In July of 2012, she was relocated to Heifer's country office in Lima, Peru, as part of Heifer's first leadership development program giving her the unique opportunity to dive head first into Heifer's program work "in the field", where she met Sofia. Now she is back in Arkansas with her husband and 10-year-old son where she loves watching baseball, reading, rowing crew and drinking Dr Pepper.
Annie Griffiths, photographer and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images
Annie Griffiths was one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic. She has covered women’s issues on six continents, and her award-winning work has also been featured in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Time, Stern, and many other publications. Her books include A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel and Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, done in partnership with acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver. Proceeds from the book have raised more than $250,000 for land conservation. Annie is deeply committed to photographing innovative aid programs around the world. For more than two decades, she has dedicated a portion of each year to documenting the important work of aid organizations.
Ripple Effect Images
Ripple Effect Images is a team of journalists dedicated to documenting the plight of poor women and girls around the world and highlighting the programs that are helping to empower them, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Working closely with scientists and NGOs to identify both the needs and the innovative programs that are helping women and girls, Ripple Effect journalists travel to document these programs. They then donate their photographs, video and stories to the Ripple Effect Images Archive. This archive is made available, at no cost, to our partner aid organizations and to policymakers who are working to help poor women as they deal with the tremendous challenges caused by climate change. The extraordinary Ripple Effect team includes a MacArthur Genius Fellow as well as Pulitzer Prize, Emmy Award, and National Humanities Medal winners.