It was awesome to have my brother, Ace (yes that’s his real name), and his family visit this past Easter long weekend! He has 2 girls the same age as my boys and the house is always filled with lots of food, laughter and noise whenever we collide …. just the way we like it 😀

. My Bro and Fam ~ Geek details on this quick family portraits done in our garage: Einstein with gridded octabox as main light at 1/4 power and (occasionally triggered) Nikon SB900 as hair fill. Why so powerful a light setup? Too lazy to setup a backdrop so used the powerful light up close to “remove” my ugly garage from the background (inverse square law to the rescue!)

Africa …

What makes their visit all that more meaningful is the fact my Bro and his family live and work in Niger, Africa – one of the poorest countries in the world.

It’s not a place you need to go looking for poverty – it’s everywhere.

. The street where they live ~ Like most residential “streets” (the word “street” is used loosely as they’re unpaved dirt roads) you have to mindfully navigate around the heaps of garbage, roaming kids, animals and ruts

. Traditional Taureg Camp ~ A rare sighting in Sub-Saharan Africa

. Taureg Classroom ~ Average years in school: 5. Adult Literacy: 28.7%

. Recess ~ A teacher and his students wait at the door of their classroom for recess dismissal

. Unschooled ~ Kids who don’t attend school look in on us as we visit their local village school

. Children of Niger ~ Fertility Rate: 7.6 children born/woman. Infant Mortality: 112.22 deaths/1,000 live births

My brother,Ace, is a doctor (currently pursuing his Masters in Public Health) and his wife, Cecilia, is a MBA-carrying Marketing Guru. Together with a team of like-hearted individuals they’re doing their best to help the people of Niger towards a better future in health, livelihood and spirit.

. Doctor in the Village ~ without prior notice Ace is asked to check a patient’s eyes with nothing more than my borrowed mini flashlight

There’s so much need in Niger it’s hard to know where to start. Some of the programs they’ve initiated include mosquito net distribution, concrete well creation, health education, village livestock-loan programs, and a vocational school for Girls at Risk.

. Mosquito Nets ~ Local training and distribution of life-saving (pink) mosquito nets

. Dig Deep ~ those digging hand-dug wells like this risk it all in the event of a collapse during the dig … concrete reinforcement of larger well’s is sorely needed to create a sustainable supply of water

. Shepherd Boy ~ A Fulani shepherd boy leads his livestock to pasture at dawn

Motibodo: It’s more than Personal …

It’s no secret: Like much of North America, I live a life of blessing and abundance. I know not all of us are called- or have the skill set – to move to another country to help, but all of us can help in our own way.

. DQ 2008 Trip to Niger, Africa

Giving Back was built into the DNA of Motibodo. We’ve given in other ways, but our hope for Motibodo is far more than it becoming a “successful” business and sporadic giving: We want to help Motibodo Users create time for what really matters to them, and to give back in to something bigger than ourselves.

How we can Help …

10% of every Motibodo purchase is set aside to further programs in Niger to help some of the poorest people on the planet.

So even if we all can’t be in the position to be philanthropic on the scale of Bill Gates or Bono, know your Motibodo purchase is helping a people in need a world away.

None of us can save the world alone … But together I truly believe we can make a difference 🙂

Thanks for listening and partnering with us. Truly: you are appreciated beyond what I can express.

To find out more about Ace and Cecelia’s team and their work in Niger, visit