1)From the Boston Big Picture blog, some submissions to the National Geographic Photography contest 2010 – http://tinyurl.com/2362re7

A supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset. (Photo and caption by Sean Heavey)

The Music Of Love. This picture was taken in Tenganan Village, Bali (2010). Tenganan is the most famous Bali Aga (original Balinese) village and is located close to Candi Dasa in East Bali. A man was playing bamboo music to entertain a disabled child which is not his son, but he loves this child likes he loves his own son. (Photo and caption by Ario Wibisono)

Oasis. (Photo and caption by Nam In Geun)

2) From a Guardian slide show “Working to improve women’s health in Afghanistan – http://tinyurl.com/26q5mw6

“Under the Taliban, maternal healthcare dropped to an all time low in Afghanistan. Because women were excluded from education, there were hardly any trained midwives left in the country. Over the last few years, NGOs have been working to cut maternal and child deaths in the country, which remain some of the highest in the world. The photographer Kate Holt records the work Care International has been doing to tackle the problem in Kabul”

Mahboba Sharieffy was trained to become a community-based educator (CBE) by the NGO Care International three years ago. Sharieffy demonstrates to women through a flip chart the importance of nutrition and hygiene while pregnant and lactating at a weekly health “shura” (meeting) she organises in District 8 in Kabul, Afghanistan

A young girl sits with her mother at a weekly health shura that has been organised by a community-based educator in District 8 in Kabul. According to UN figures, the under-five mortality rate in 2008 was 257 per 1,000 live births (down from 260 in 1990). In India, the figure is 69 deaths per 1,000 live births, while in the UK the figure is six


Nafisa Jan Mohammed is three months pregnant with her ninth child and has recently suffered a stroke that has crippled half her body and made her unable to walk. She sits on her bed in the one room she shares with her husband, nine children and mother in law, who is seated on the floor, in District 5 of Kabul


Care International – http://www.care.org/

“Women and girls are the most impoverished, most discriminated-against group on earth. Of the 1.3 billion people living in absolute poverty worldwide, 70% are women and girls. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, but earn only 10 percent of its income. They produce half the world’s food, but own only 1% of its land. And when it comes to literacy, two-thirds of the world’s 900 illiterate adults are women. CARE is committed to Millennium Development Goal #3 because empowering women and creating gender equality is the way to bring about lasting change against global poverty. Every single Millennium Development goal is directly related to women’s rights. Until the world gets this right, none of the other goals can be met.”