A photo taken by Y Care International’s Lizz Harrison has won the State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) Photo Competition.
The photo completion coincides with the launch of the 2015 State of the Humanitarian System report, to evaluate the humanitarian system and show how people on the ground see humanitarian crises. The winning photos will be exhibited at SOHS launches around the world, starting with the London launch on 1st October 2015 which includes a high profile panel discussion, and smaller events around the world. The selected photos will also be featured in SOHS materials to help ALNAP show how the humanitarian landscape is changing.
Y Care International’s winning photo (featured above) was taken by Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergencies Advisor, Lizz Harrison, during the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia.
Taken in April 2015 just outside the capital Monrovia, the photo shows young students back at school and, after training from Y Care International and Liberia YMCA, raising awareness in their school and community about Ebola and the importance of good hygiene such as regular hand-washing to keep the virus at bay. The young people were showing Lizz the newly constructed water hand pump constructed recently by Y Care International and Liberia YMCA to enable school students and community members to wash their hands.
Lizz Harrison said: “I’m so pleased that my photo was chosen to be exhibited at the 2015 State of the Humanitarian System report launch. The report is such an important marker of the performance of the humanitarian system and evaluating this is especially important now as we prepare for the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. My photo really shows the positive and important role that local young people can play in humanitarian response, supported by local partners like YMCAs around the world. I believe the role of local people and local organisations in humanitarian response should, and will, increase and be appreciated over the coming years.”