Kate Cummings

Kate Cummings (Vital Voices in Kenya): Kate was born in the North Carolina mountains, and received her BFA in photography at Sewanee (The University of the South) in 2004. Kate co-founded a meditation group at the Hampshire County Jail in North Carolina where she led meditation sessions with inmates each week. Upon graduation, Kate was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. This allowed her to spend a year photographing in India, Vietnam, Thailand, New Zealand, and France. During this year, she photographed Zen Master and international peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh's first return to Vietnam since his exile 39 years before. Her images were published internationally. She returned to Vietnam in 2007 with Nhat Hanh and his International Peace Delegation to photograph healing ceremonies. Kate moved to western Massachusetts and began teaching photography to at-risk girls. At the time of her fellowship, Kate was studying for her master’s degree at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston. After her fellowship, Kate wrote: “Best experience? This is an impossible question! I think, that by spending so much time with Kenyans in their homes and families and in the community setting… I gained a deep understanding of their successes and their significant challenges...I look at myself now as having the potential to be as strong and caring as the amazing women I met in Kenya.”

Finally, Youth Matter

23 Jul

Ripe for Harvest is, in founder Abby Onencan’s own words, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all youth to unlock their potential.  In this interview, Ms. Onencan discusses the reasons why she started the mentoring program – and why she thinks youth are more than the inevitable heirs of the future; they are the under-appreciated, entirely capable foundation on which Kenya’s ultimate well-being depends. 


Abby Onencan talks about her non-profit organization, Ripe for Harvest

Posted By Kate Cummings

Posted Jul 23rd, 2009