Project Solomon Islands 1993
- Prevent malaria in Ulawa (sometimes termed "the first project"; cf. picture 73); and to
- Construct a small clinic in Na'hana (sometimes termed "the second project"; cf. picture 39).
Project Solomon Islands 1993 seems to have been a project by Youth Challenge International, which was supported by (cf. picture 5):
- Rotary Club of Honiara;
- Rotary Australia Clubs (multiple, cf. picture 5 for a list); and
- Rotary Canada.
- Ministry of Home Affaris;
- Ministry of Health;
- Ministry of Transport & Works;
- Guadalcanal Provincial Health Services;
- Western Province Health [...];
- Cultural [...] - Western Province;
- National Youth Council; and
- Solomon Islands Coucnil of [...];
- Development Service Exchange;
- Honiara Rotary Club;
- Red Cross;
- Save The Children Fund; and
- World Health Organization.
- Rural Training Centres:
- St. [...];
- St. Martins;
Licensing and publication of the picturesThis collection consists of 98 pictures, encompassing 98% of all the pictures taken by Damaris Cerdas within Solomon Islands (as present in her photo album), as she handed over the physical photo album to me in August 2016, after I had asked her if I could digitize the pictures and publish them under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. The scanning conditions were not optimal (a very dusty environment), but I cropped out the pictures from the scans and published them here under the mentioned license.
I have published the pictures under URLs which resemble the order in which the pictures were presented in the original physical photo album (which is not a chronological order), by appending numbers to its end in the following manner:
- ... et cetera (up untill ...scan100).
Scan 74 and scan 95 were the only two pictures which I didn't publish, as I was not given permission to do so by the photographer.
- Picture 74:
The original Spanish caption of picture 74, was presented between picture 73 and picture 74 in the physical photo album. I translated it as such:
Monday 26 April 1993. The group of Makira prepares itself to start the journey to the island of Ulawa and realize the first project: prevention of malaria.
Picture 74 showed the photographer presumably on the same boat as the one shown in picture 73. On picture 74, a lifebuoy could been seen hanging on the inside of the boat.
- Picture 95:
Picture 95 was also not published. Its caption can be translated as such:
Tuesday 24 June 1993. Once again in Honiara, we were in Panatina. Here I find myself with my friend Mark Kelly.
Chronological overview of events/pictures (regarding pictures of which the exact date is presumed to be known)
- 17 April 1993 and onwards:
After arriving in Honiara (cf. picture 1 and picture 2), there was an orientation week held in Aroligo, Honiara (see topic:Aroligo), for which there are dated photographic records of 20 April and 23 April).
Staff and volunteers also soon gathered for what seems to be the official opening of the project in Honiara, in Hotel Hibiscus (cf. topic:Hotel Hibiscus) of which the first dated photographic record is picture 3 (22 April).
- 26 April 1993 and onwards:
On 26 April, it is said that the"group of Makira" are seen on a boat, to travel to Ulawa to realize the first project (see above for explanation).
The next dated picture, in chronological order, is situated in Wmaradja (27 April).
On 29 April, the group was already in the village Ripo (which is in Ulawa). On 2 May, photographs show them in the village of Arohja (cf. picture 50 and picture 51).
They would be in Ripo on 3 May again (cf. picture 20, picture 21 and picture 78).
- 13 May 1993 and onwards:
On 13 May, they were travelling by boat to the second project (see above for explanation), which were to be executed in Makira (in Na'hana).
In the mean time (19 May), they were taking blood samples and giving talks about malaria in the island Uki/Ugi (cf. picture 58 and picture 59; as well as pictures 36, 37 and 38 of the same date).
On 21 May, a picture shows a river in the centre of Makira. On 22 May, there is a picture of the island Uki/Ugi as seen from the sea, and a picture of Ulawa as seen from the sea.
On 23 May, they were still travelling to arrive at Na'hana, waiting for a boat in Wanioni.
- 26 May 1993 and onwards:
On 26 May, they were already constructing the clinic in Na'hana. Photographs of the same date show in which river they went to take baths (cf. picture 83 and picture 84).
On 3 June, the clinic's construction shows some progress. On the same date, the houses in Na'hana, the outside view of dormitories in Na'hana, as well as the library of the Stuyvenberg Rural Training Centre (also in Na'hana) and its type of toilets are shown. Also shown are the house that was used by the volunteers in Na'hana and its view. Two further pictures show sports being played (cf. picture 64 and picture 65).
On 7 June, some students are shown together with a volunteer, and a birthday card with many signatures was handed over a bit late to Damaris (the photographer).
On 13 June there was a farewell party at the Stuyvenberg Rural Training Centre, and on the same date, but clearly a more traditional part of the party, pictures were taken of people hitting drums (cf pictures 28, 29 and 72. Food of the farewell dinner is also shown. On 14 June, a picture was taken of all of the students of the Stuyvenberg Rural Training Centre, and two further pictures showed volunteer(s) performing a traditional dance and posing respectively.
- 16 June 1993 and onwards:
On 16 June, walking to Makira begins (78 kilometres in 2 days). 21 June was the last day in Makira, where they took an airplane.
On 24 June, they had already returned to Honiara (cf. caption of the excluded picture 95, above), where they slept in the dormitory of Panatina.
25 June was the last day in Honiara (thus presumably leaving on an international flight). Three pictures conclude the journey:
Use of the picturesPlease feel free to use the pictures as in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license.
- One example of a possible use:
Please note that this license is free enough for anyone to re-upload the pictures onto Wikimedia Commons. For example, I already uploaded picture 31 onto Wikimedia Commons, under the following address:
The mentioned license allows modification of the pictures, which is why I was allowed to retouch the picture to improve its visibility and make it suitable for inclusion on the English Wikipedia page on the Stuyvenberg Rural Training Centre, a Wikipedia page which I had also created during the lengthy process of digitizing and archiving the physical photo album.
- Please let others make use of your pictures as well:
Lastly, I would like to advocate for carefully archiving your own personal photo albums (if they would be interesting for e.g. encyclopedic purposes) in a similar way, so they can be used in a similar way. Today, most pictures are digital pictures, which is great for globally accessible archival purposes. Unfortunately, they mostly end up on private hard disks or on e.g. Facebook or Flickr (where they might not be carefully annotated and categorized ... further more, such channels might be completely private, or lacking free licensing. Also: what happens to them when you are dead?).
I chose to publish the pictures firstly at the Internet Archive, as I feared that some pictures might not be notable enough (due to quality or contents) for inclusion on Wikimedia Commons (cf. Wikimedia Commons' project scope). Out of 98 uploads, I got 3 error messages, due to technical failures on behalf of the Internet Archive. Luckily, this was quickly fixed by sending a mail to the Internet Archive. Please also note that Internet Archive allows for uploads in the high-quality Tagged Image File Format (.tiff / .tif) file format (which was lacking on Flickr).
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