The IRC in San Diego

As part of my participation in the 2011 Help-Portrait event at the City Heights Farmers’ Market, I had the opportunity to get to know some of the people of The IRC (The International Rescue Committee), an organization helping refugees set up new lives here in San Diego. From the IRC website:

Each year, thousands of refugees are invited by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom.  Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many refugees have survived against incredible odds. Refugees step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope and determination.  In San Diego, the IRC helps refugees to rebuild their lives.

The IRC assisted in coordinating the Help-Portrait event during their Holiday Bazaar and they asked if it would be possible for a few of us to take photos around the market. Their hope was to provide vendors with photos for their websites. I was happy to help out, and as a result I got to know some of the wonderful vendors at the bazaar!

Here are some of my favorites from my time exploring the market:

This beautiful woman is Julia. This was her first day as a vendor at the market and she had just made her first sale! Yeah!!!

And finally, the fantastic IRC team. They are one serious crew! 😉

For more information about the IRC be sure to check out their website:



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Ashley Goodwin - December 29, 2011 - 4:36 pm

incredible portraits! PS: Have I ever told you that there is a little spot of light in the girl’s hair on your blog header that I swoon over every time I see it? Well, I do.

Leanne Chukoskie - December 30, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Gorgeous! I want to meet these beautiful people and shop their wares. :) Does this market happen regularly? Thanks for posting!

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