Disability brings shame in rural Malawi. Disabled children are often hidden away. But inspired by the mother of a disabled child that came to the Aquaid Lifeline Fund for help, the charity started the Dawn Centre. Regarded by many as the very best residential facility for disabled children and those with learning difficulties, it provides specialist education, physiotherapy, training for parents. It has become a beacon of hope.
Originally a creative photojournalist, Mike Thornton now owns and runs a popular photography studio in Cambridge (UK) with his company StillVision Photography. His images have been commissioned by local, national and international companies, he has been widely published across the UK press, received international photography award recognition (honourable mention) and was a finalist in the 2014/2015 Olympus wedding photography awards.