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My Oped Experience


Guess what happened yesterday. As I edit and polish my op-ed and ready to drop it finally in my journal, I realized I needed a photo to go with my op-ed (I love picture stories so you can imagine). My camera batteries are dead and I have been searching for days to buy Panasonic batteries to no avail. I have a picture folder on my pen drive but none of those pictures was as good as I wanted for this particular oped . I wanted a smiling school girl as I was making a case for all to wake up and invest in the girl child strategically, holistically and NOW-

Where can I get a picture at a time like this? The internet was the first thing that came into mind. When I landed on one photo of a school I was excited but I wondered if it was legal for me to use the photo or not. Who do I speak to? Who was available? I was thrilled to find Cristi on line when I opened my skype. I smiled and heave a sigh of relief. I quickly pounced on my key board hitting the letters fast afraid to miss her.

“Hello Cristi , i wanted to ask you that if there is a photo on the internet you want to use for your story, do you need permission? For instance i want to use this picture for my oped but I don’t know whether it is allowed or not-check this link (I am not sure whether it is even allowed to post the link on Worldpulse on not)

“ Hi! Great question. If you did not take the picture yourself, you do need to get permission” That was Cristi.
She added “Please email the source of the photo and ask for permission to publish the photo in your journal on the WP site. They may ask for a fee in order to reproduce the photo. If that is the case, please discuss this with Jennifer as I am not sure what the WorldPulse policy is on buying photos”. But that will be a long process for me. I thought silently as i searched for an alternative but happy about Cristi's advise before we land into some trouble.


What about we creating a pool of pictures as well on this community? What if we create a group where people who love and can take pictures of what inspires, motivates, moves them to act daily and download on the website so we all can use when the need arise for our stories? Personally, I think this help people who may not have cameras to get pictures for their stories as well.


I have just created a group called Pictures. Just click here
For all who cherish the moment and LOVE to Capture images of what inspire, motivates, fascinates, and moves you to act dive into the group now!.
It will be great to share the stories behind your pictures as well.


First of all, I am technically challenged and wondering how this is going to be like on the website.
Secondly, how do we regulate the pictures posted for safety of our website?



mamaAfrica's picture

Great Initiative

This is a wonderful initiative Gifty. Once again you are a gift to all of us
I would love to join your group. I can share ,many photos from Project Africa that can be used. I got will check through if I have one of a smilling girl. Please remind me incase you notice a delay
Good luck with your op/ed

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

It feels great!

Lin hi,
It feels great to know that you share the dream of PICTURES. please click this lin to join this group

I have to find out from Jennifer or Ankur how we can download pictures onto the website as well as the policy of World Pulse concerning this.

and hugs!

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

Nusrat Ara's picture

A new beginning. Keep ot

A new beginning. Keep it up.



giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Can't wait...

Hey Nu, Can't wait to to see the pictures you will share oooooooooooo.

check out Jennifer's and

Jade's photos-

PS: I love your profile photo!


Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

michellee's picture

good idea

What a great idea! I'll be sure to join the group and look forward to seeing everyone's photos. Also, most of the media on Wikimedia commons is free to use. I found a picture on there you may be interested in: Of course, crediting the author is always recommended wherever you find your photos.

World Pulse Technology Associate

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Great Help!

Hi Michelle,
i love the school girls photo! what a great help!.
you can join the Picture group sharing by clicking here-

Can't wait to see your photos.

Warm regards,

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

malayapinas's picture

Great idea

Hi Gifty! What a great idea of sharingpictures. Just finding some short visit here in our community and say hi to you.

best regards,

giftypearl.abenaab's picture


Great to hear from you!!!!!!!!!! it's been a while and i happy to hear from you . And i cannot wait to see pcitures of you, your work, expereinces and ANYTHING!

Just click here- to join and share your pictures.


Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

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