x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Dignity photo show in Dubai boosts Acumen fund for poor

Exhibition aids global non-profit organisation that helps build businesses to provide health care, water, housing and energy to the poor in India, Pakistan and East Africa.

DUBAI // A makeshift mosque in Pakistan, a woman dancing in a South African township and the silhouette of a swimmer diving into the Ganges are among 25 prints going on display in Dubai as part of an awareness raising exhibition.

The show, called Dignity, is being hosted to inform people about the Acumen Fund, a global non-profit organisation that helps build sustainable businesses to provide health care, water, housing and energy to the poor in India, Pakistan and East Africa.

The exhibition includes photographs from Ami Vitale, who has taken photos for National Geographic magazine, and Palani Mohan, who has worked with Getty Images.

Sonya Khan, one of the women behind the event, said the show was made up of socially conscious images that convey the organisation's message. "Our primary goal is to raise awareness about what Acumen Fund does. The message is very unique," she said.

Since 2001, the Acumen Fund has invested more than US$40 million (Dh147m) in enterprises, whose services have reached more than 30 million people.

"The idea is to create a product that will better society and that can continue without the Acumen Fund," she said. "The concept behind that is to preserve the dignity of those being helped."

The Dignity exhibition, which was inaugurated in New York last year, takes place on Tuesday in the Capital Club in Dubai International Financial Centre. It was conceived by the Nuru Project, a non-profit organisation, whose mission is to use photography as an agent for social change in the developing world.

Pauline Nyugen, another co-organiser of the event, said they chose to repeat the show in Dubai because it suits the current climate.

"The mood is all about sustainability here at the moment," she said. "It is possible for the mentality to change and Dubai is a great place for that."

Local photographers will also be invited to display their work.

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