Dede Pickering, 55, splits her time between Manhattan and the New Jersey shore. A retired executive recruiter, she started the volunteer Women’s Initiative group for CARE in New York and has traveled to cities throughout the U.S. to launch similar groups in Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco.
"When I was introduced to CARE as a volunteer in 1998, my travels and my life came together. I have always been an avid traveler with a passion for photography. The women and children I saw through my camera lens really clicked something in my heart, and I decided I wanted to do something to help them.
"My photographs are an instant in time in another person’s life. Striving to capture places before there are too many footsteps, I have discovered global ties to native cultures, the environment, and ultimately my inner self."
Dede has visited CARE sites in Guatemala, India, Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Here’s a glimpse of what she has taken from her experience…
"CARE’s micro-credit programs offer poor women in rural areas the opportunity to start businesses. This was the first project that the New York Women’s Initiative supported. I helped co-found the initiative in 1998. We provided mothers with additional loans to help ensure their daughters’ educations."
Photo: As her parents meet in the next room for a micro-credit loan, a little girl looks out the window toward her future.