Meet our passionate team and volunteers from across the world!
KEN WONG is the Founder and Executive Director of The Face-to-Face Project, which he started in 2004. He previously worked as a documentary photographer and production manager of art books at Little, Brown & Company, Princeton University Press, and Yale University Press. Originally from Oberlin, Ohio, he is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
The Face-to-Face Project (F2F) began as The Face-to-Face AIDS Project in 2003 as part of a Harvard Medical School initiative to document the AIDS pandemic in South Africa. We photographed, filmed, and interviewed scores of people, many now deceased, and presented their life stories in the U.S. to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic through exhibiting our AIDS Photo Mosaics and presenting at numerous universities, museums and international conferences.
Still, we wanted to do more to help the people who’d entrusted us with their stories.
And that is when F2F decided to evolve into a charity that uses its documentary experiences to reveal local economic, cultural, and societal realities, and then build on-the-ground programs that local communities can take ownership of. In 2006, we pivoted our focus to Malawi, and then Cambodia in 2007. We believe that working in these similar, yet very different nations, informs our programming in ways that can be unique and forward thinking. We bring together the best of our experiences in both countries to come up with programs that often challenge established methods of charity.
Our Global Community
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New York, HQ
Population: Over 16 million with 3 million living in poverty
The vast majority of Cambodia’s rural poor still depend on rice cultivation, in spite of its expenses, climate-related challenges, and dominant competition from countries whose large-scale agriculture yields cheaper rice. Because they have no money, Cambodian farmers take on hard day labor, leave the family to work in factories, and force their children to drop out of school. Most subsistence farmers have plots that are too small to take advantage of machinery and other cost-cutting methods.
Population: 18 million with 53% of the population living below the poverty line, 8.8% of the population is HIV+ and 74% of children do not complete primary school.
The Malawian government depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs, although this need (and the aid offered) has decreased since 2000.
New York City Staff
In Cambodia, F2F works in conjunction with three local advisors helping bring Victory Gardens to families of rural Cambodian villages, ultimately creating an environment of sustainability and self-sufficiency.