Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

The Call to Heal

Published on June 4, 2017 in Blog Posts, Video | 1 comment

The health care industry in the USA is one of the most lucrative, in-demand career fields one could enter; so much so that many doctors and nurses from the developing world leave their home countries seeking work in the US or other places where higher wages can be found. So imagine trading in your lucrative career in […]

Faces of Drought

Published on May 1, 2017 in Blog Posts, Photo Essay, Video | 0 comments

Last month I traveled to far northern Kenya to document the grueling impact of the current drought on children and families for ChildFund. Most of the stories I captured were of extreme need – stories that I hope will stir hearts and open pocketbooks in order to bring relief to those attempting to endure the […]

Breaking gender barriers in Jordan

Published on April 6, 2017 in Blog Posts, Video | 0 comments

My latest video for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US international aid agency , tells the story of Ra’eda, who is one of the first female plumbers in Jordan. Here Ra’eda explains how she went from being ridiculed for her chosen profession to becoming an in-demand professional.

Family Reunion

Published on January 27, 2017 in Blog Posts, Video | 1 comment

“We believe the family is the best place for every child.” This quote from a social worker narrating the video below is the central theme of the DOVCU program, which is implemented by ChildFund in Uganda and funded by USAID. Parents or family members who struggle through grinding poverty often feel that the best solution is to give […]

From Beans to Bank – Mt. Elgon, Uganda

Published on December 26, 2016 in Blog Posts, Video | 0 comments

Who knew that growing quality coffee was such a difficult task? In fact, cultivating a quality coffee plot can take an entire generation to perfect. So how do small farmers with limited capital and capacity ever compete in such a market? Are they doomed to sell poor-quality beans (ones that will eventually be used for […]

Exit Strategy

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

For kids growing up in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, education is the only hope of escaping a seemingly hopeless situation. This video was shot for ChildFund’s annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey, which asks children their thoughts on critical issues affecting them. This year’s theme is education. I’ll be showing it to my daughter […]

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 […]