December 19, 2017

Media Fellow Alumni: 2016-Global, 2017-Global, 2018-US, 2018-Global, 2019-Global


BABITA PATEL - Boehm Media Fellow

Title/CompanyHumanitarian Photographer & Executive Director, KIOO Project

Based InNew York City, New York, USA

Geographic Focus: Worldwide

Areas of Expertise: WASH, women & girls, education, criminal justice reform, disaster relief, female leadership, orphans, veterans & reproductive rights

Websitewww.spicy-indian.com & www.kiooproject.org

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/babitapatel

Instagram: www.instagram.com/spicyindi



(All biographical info is from 2019. For latest bio, please visit Fellow’s website, LinkedIn, or other social media profiles).

Babita is a Humanitarian Photographer working with nonprofits, NGOs & social enterprises to photograph their programs. She has documented the lack of access to clean water in the slums of Haiti, photographed men in maximum-security prisons who found redemption through education and followed a ballet dancer-turned-US Marine around for the day.

Babita’s work has been featured on ABC, Al Jazeera, Forbes, The Guardian & MSNBC, and exhibited in New York, Los Angeles & Lisbon. In February 2020, she will release a book about the American criminal justice system, Breaking Out in Prison. She found her publisher on the first night at her first ever OC.

In 2012, Babita founded KIOO Project, a nonprofit that changes gender dynamics in low income communities by teaching photography to girls who then teach boys. Girls gain self-confidence while building leadership & presentation skills. Boys see value & worth in the female peers. Programs have run both domestically & internationally.

Babita is an active public speaker about the need for non-sensationalized reporting by journalists, female leadership & social impact, and mentors teenage girls looking at future careers in the arts & entrepreneurship.


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