Off to work we go – photos for NGO, Concern Universal, #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa

Image © Jason Florio for Concern Universal – Tppiy Tap’


We’re looking forward to working with one of our favorite NGO’s, Concern Universal, again. Today, we’ll be shooting in Gunjur, Kartong and surrounding areas.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.40.08 AM Please do check out CU’s current campaign: ‘Ebola – Urgent Appeal

We’ll share new images from today’s photo assignment later!

Thank you!

The Florios – Jason & Helen

Image © Chris Bartlett, NYC


Related Links:‘ Hello, my name is Alieu’  Tippy Tap Hygiene in The Gambia, CU

Group photo shoot with Jason Florio, Kartong #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa

Jason Florio gets the shot – Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Helen Jones-Florio


We traveled down to Kartong again this past weekend not only to work more on our sea turtle conservation story, but also to help out two of our best friends in The Gambia, Geri and Maurice – who run a truly peaceful eco lodge, ‘Sandele‘, in Kartong – on a campaign to raise awareness of how the ebola crisis in three other West African countries is adversely effecting tourism, and the socioeconomic balance, in #ebolafree Gambia.

Jason Florio, Helen Jones-Florio, Geri & Maurice Philips – Kartong village, The Gambia, West Africa. Image by Landing Jatta


I met this wonderfully inspiring, indefatigable couple in 1998 on one of my first trips down here, when they were then running a small hotel called Safari Garden. The forthcoming campaign involves the 32 full time staff employed by Sandele, and the numerous family members their wages help to support.

Later in the day, we hung out again with ex-hunter turned sea turtle conservationist, LJ, as he took us to meet a couple of local guys, who continue to hunt, to enable us to get a fully balanced picture of our ongoing turtle conservation story.

Florio & LJ, cycling to Kartong village – image © Helen Jones-Florio (instagram/floriotravels)


Releasing turtles into the Atlantic Ocean, Kartong, Gambia – image © Jason Florio


We’ll be posting more about both stories very soon, so please bear with us.

Thanks, as ever, for stopping by.

The Florios – Helen & Jason

Related posts: The Hunter Turned Sea Turtle Conservationist




“Hello, my name is Alieu” – the Tippy Tap is in The (#ebolafree) Gambia, West Africa

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It’s great to see Jason’s images from our ‘Tippy Tap‘ assignment – we did a few months back here in The Gambia – for NGO, Concern Universal,  up on their new website. For such a simple, affordable, invention the rewards of using the Tippy Tap are tenfold for the people we met… such as Wuday and Alieu.

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Concern Universal taught Alieu and Wuday’s families about hygiene and handwashing. We taught them how to build a tippy tap and how to keep water safe to drink and use.

Since using a tippy tap, both families no longer get sick. Alieu and Wuday can go to school and their parents can work and look after their family, without needing to spend money on medicine. Alieu and Wuday, now have lots of energy to play! When their friends come to play, they tell them all about how the tippy tap stopped them getting sick. Now their friends want to start using one too!Concern Universal

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All images © Jason Florio for Concern Universal. For more press and news, please click here

As ever, thanks for stopping by

The Florios – Helen & Jason

Image © Chris Bartlett Photoville, NYC, 2013