Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

Smiles from Timor-Leste

Published on November 28, 2016 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Photo Essay | 0 comments

One thing I love about working with ChildFund is the bit of extra time they sometimes allow me to focus my lens on a country’s culture and daily life. In addition to shooting a few videos recently for the organization in Timor-Leste, I also shot these photographs, which give bit of insight into the country’s people […]

Fair Trade Cash Crops

Published on September 20, 2016 in Assignment, Photo Essay | 0 comments

Who says money doesn’t grow on trees? I recently visited several villages in Burkina Faso and Kenya where the primary sources of livelihood fall from the sky, later to be collected from the ground and sold on the market – macadamia and shea nuts. Okay, it’s not always quite that easy, especially for shea nuts, which must go […]

Feed the Future Nigeria

Published on August 21, 2016 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Video | 0 comments

There’s no magic bullet when it comes to poverty alleviation, especially when working with communities for whom living off the land is their sole form of sustenance. Problems here in northwestern Nigeria are complex, and the diverse challenges create a devastating domino effect by which families are often overwhelmed. Poor agricultural production leads to malnutrition and to communities that lack income. Desertification […]

Wisdom from Wisdom

Published on August 6, 2016 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Video | 0 comments

The renovation of a school in rural Zambia by ChildFund has had an incredible domino effect in the community, impacting everything from teacher morale to child marriage. Instructor extraordinaire, Wisdom Chanda, tells us how a bricks and mortar makeover can go a long way towards impacting education and child rights.

Married at Fifteen

Published on July 12, 2016 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Video | 0 comments

A number of video stories I recently produced for ChildFund in Zambia deal with child marriage or the prevention thereof. Child protection is a hallmark of the organization’s programming, but especially so in Zambia where the practice of child marriage is yet to be eradicated.

What We Hear

Published on July 2, 2016 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Video | 0 comments

What we hear is the sound of metal scraping metal. It was that deliberate, unsettling sound that echoed across the compound of this remote village in Luangwa District, Zambia and drew me to discover its source. What we see is a three year old boy scavenging for every morsel of charred and hardened cornmeal leftover […]