© 2019 Lisa Murray

In Burundi, 48% of people do not have access to clean water and most communities in rural. Nearly one-in-10 children dies before reaching its fifth birthday, with 13% of under-5 deaths caused by diarrhea. 

 

In April 2017, I travelled to Burundi to work with World Vision, who have been bringing clean water to rural communities and eliminating poor hygiene practices through an innovative behavior change initiative.

With the help of these powerful communication materials World Vision Burundi were able to raise 230,000 USD. 

Refreshing Burundi's prospects through water access

Tyhpoon Damrey hit in South Central Vietnam in early November 2017, leaving 107 people dead and a trail of destruction. In response, Catholic Relief Services mobilized immediate support for a 45-day emergency response project,, delivering emergency supplies to vulnerable households affected.

 

I travelled to the area a month later, capturing human interest stories to demonstrate the success of the response.

Emergency Response to Tyhpoon Damrey

Madagascar’s iconic baobabs hide a darker reality – slash & burn that leaves nothing else standing. At current rates, the Menabe dry forest could be history in just 6 years. On assignment with UN Environment, Lisa travelled to Madagascar to learn how Global Forest Watch is training rangers to use mobile technology to track and act on threats to the forest, providing a lifeline for Menabe and its endangered species.

 

Lisa continues to work as a freelance field reporter for the UN Environment, travelling to remote corners of the globe to document stories around land degradation, biodiversity, climate change and marine conservation. The results of her work can be seen across the UN Environment website and social media channels where her videos, images and stories have engaged thousands of viewers.

Saving Menabe's dry forest

As a country with vulnerable remote villages scattered across a rugged and extreme terrain, Tajikistan faces a range of natural hazards that are increasingly threatening its largely rural population. By establishing village disaster management groups and working with local government, Oxfam has been helping rural communities build resilience to natural disasters for more than 10 years.

 

Lisa travelled to Tajikistan in 2017 to support Oxfam Tajikistan in producing an image library and human interest stories across to showcase its portfolio -  which covers a range of programs from on water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction, gender and livelihoods, producing human interest stories with accompanying compelling images. Before leaving, Lisa delivered series of storytelling trainings to ensure the communication staff and local journalists would be able to continue telling stories of change after she left.

Saving for a sustainable tomorrow

Madagascar’s iconic baobabs hide a darker reality – slash & burn that leaves nothing else standing. At current rates, the Menabe dry forest could be history in just 6 years. On assignment with UN Environment, Lisa travelled to Madagascar to learn how Global Forest Watch is training rangers to use mobile technology to track and act on threats to the forest, providing a lifeline for Menabe and its endangered species.

 

Lisa continues to work as a freelance field reporter for the UN Environment, travelling to remote corners of the globe to document stories around land degradation, biodiversity, climate change and marine conservation. The results of her work can be seen across the UN Environment website and social media channels where her videos, images and stories have engaged thousands of viewers.

Faces of Change

I accompanied journalist Ben Thurman to Bale National Park on an assignment for the Guardian where we were tasked with documenting Ethiopia's first community forest management project, implemented jointly by Farm Africa and SOS Sahel.

 

Bale is home to a host of unique plant and animal species, including one of the world’s rarest canine, the Ethiopian wolf, but faced with a lack of viable alternatives local forest communities have been fast depleting the forest’s resources. By transferring the responsibility of protecting the forest into the hands of local communities, Farm Africa have found an innovative solution to halt the alarming rates of deforestation by tackling the root causes of environmental degradation; poverty.

Turning the tide on deforestation