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About Adam Bacher

When your vision becomes a reality, how will you tell your story? I’m a commercial photographer and photojournalist based in Portland, Oregon, since 1991. I specialize in commercial location photography for businesses. The majority of this work is for architectural, corporate, editorial, and public relations clients, and appears in a variety of print and electronic media. You can view samples online at: Since 2007 I’ve been taking a month each year to devote my time towards humanitarian missions. Three trips have taken me to Rwanda, for a project documenting the countries recovery from the genocide in 1994, which claimed the lives of one-million people in the course of 100 days. Images and stories from the places I visited are featured on my blog site at: This November, I’m going to Haiti for 4 weeks, to help two non-profits working tirelessly to save and rebuild lives following the earthquake in 2010. As well as donating my still and video images, I plan to create a traveling print exhibit, and a multi-media educational presentation to build awareness and remind us of Haiti's needs. If you’re interested in project please see this link: My commercial work makes this humanitarian effort possible. I exhibit and speak nationally, offering a provocative visual and journalistic insight into contemporary Rwanda and the recovery, reconciliation, and reconstruction of the of the country. This message of hope, peace, and diversity, has been enthusiastically received at peace conferences, corporate gatherings, and in public schools. Specialties All aspects of location photography including: Architectural, Corporate, Editorial, People, Public Relations, Travel and Photojournalism. .

Portraits of Haiti: Mobile Medical Clinic in Dondon, Haiti


The city of Dondon, with a population of roughly 50,000, is a one and a half hour drive from Cap Haitain, Haiti.  On Wednesday morning, at 5:30 am, the HATCAOT medical team traveled to Dondon to set up a one day mobile health clinic.  Their goal: Treat as many people in need as possible.

More than […]

By |November 10th, 2011|Haiti|10 Comments

Portraits of Haiti: HACAOT Mobile Medical Clinic in Village of Lorie

 By the numbers:    HACAOT Mobile Medical Clinic to Village of Lori
25 Team members including doctors, nurses, clinicians, interrupters, logistics and support staff, are based in a house in Cap Haitian. There are 3 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms: 7 men in one room, 6 women in a second room, 4 men in a third room.  […]

By |November 7th, 2011|Haiti|9 Comments

Portraits of Haiti: Mary Fargen – HACAOT Team Member and 2011 Physician Assistant of the Year Award Winner

At 6:00 am Monday morning a team of 18 doctors, nurses, clinicians, and founding members of the Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas  (HACAOT), will  leave for the first of five days to different regions of  Cap Haitian, the second largest city in Haiti.  Each day the group will set up and break […]

By |November 6th, 2011|Haiti, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portraits of Haiti: Baker Prairie Middle School Students Help Hiati Relief Effort

This Monday I met with many of the students of Baker Prairie Middle School, in Canby, Oregon, to invite them to join me in Haiti for the month of November.  Over the internet we’ll video conference live for questions and answers, observations, feedback and student involvement in the trip.  Their ideas and insights will help […]

By |November 1st, 2011|Haiti|5 Comments

Elmo’s Peak, Royce Lakes Basin, CA

Once in a while you find a place on earth that becomes your very own. A place undefined. Waiting for you to bring your color, your self. A place untouched, unspoiled, undeveloped. Raw, honest, and haunting. No one, nothing is telling you how to feel or who to be. Let the mountains have you for […]

By |October 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

South Falls Through Autumn Leaves, OR

By |October 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Banner Peak and 1000 Island Lake at Sunrise

We sit down together, the mountain and me,

until only the mountain remains.

– Li Po

By |October 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Photojournalism in Haiti

On November 6th I fly into Port Au Prince, Haiti, volunteering a month of my time to create new photography, video and writing, for two non-profits working tirelessly in the country; a small organization, the Haitian and Caribbean Organization of Texas (, and a much  larger one, Partners In Health ( With HACAOT, […]

By |October 20th, 2011|Haiti|0 Comments

A Day in the Life of Rwandan Children: October 1st, 2007

At 5:30 in the morning, myself and an interpreter were dropped off by motorcycle taxi to a family’s house. Their children are sponsored by the Portland, Oregon, based Itafari Foundation.  Unreachable by car,  transportation within the village is on foot or by an old gearless bikes for the lucky few.  I spent my time there following and photographing,“the day in the life” of two children, brother and sister.

Sunrise – an hour after I arrived to Claudette’s house.

It was dawn when we arrived at Claudette’s house. Her 16 year old brother, Justin, and two children, John Claude (8), and Naomie (10), were already awake. The children were finishing the first of their morning routines, taking the chickens out of the house and putting them in mud walled pen outside. At night the chickens sleep inside to avoid theft.

This chicken wanted to come back in.

The family I was with are among the most impoverished in Rwanda. Where they live has no running water, and no electricity. Their house was made of mud and bricks with a fabricated sheet of metal for a roof.  The floors were the hard red dirt common to this part of Africa.

John Claude boils water for breakfast in the kicthen, a cooking area on the side of the house.


By |October 7th, 2010|Education, Rwanda, Uncategorized|10 Comments

Clinton Global Initiative – Carbon Offsets, Cassava, and Trees

In the Kayonza district of Rwanda’s eastern province, a carbon offset program established by the U.S. based Clinton Foundation is  helping to avert global climate change, increase food yields, and raise living standards for the local people.  In Rwanda and Malawi alone, over 4 million trees have been planted through the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, saving almost 450,000 tons of carbon.

Cassava, native to South America, is one of many food bearing shrubs and trees growing in Rwanda as part of this program.  Grown across the globe, cassava is one of the biggest sources of carbohydrates for meals in developing countries, and is especially well suited to sub-Saharan Africa’s poor soils.   With a starchy tuberous root similar to potato in texture and flavor, cassava can be boiled, fried, baked, or dried and ground into flour.  In his cassava fields, with roots in hand, this farmer is able to harvest without damaging the trees.


By |January 17th, 2010|Agriculture, Rwanda|0 Comments

TIG – Community Service for Prisoners

TIG is a Rwandan program allowing people found guilty of participating in the genocide to serve all or part of their sentences doing community service. TIG, “Travail d’Intérêt Général,” is a French acronym that means “works of general service.” The program is normally referred to as community service, but it is not the same kind of community service we see in the United States.

TIG prisoner giving thumbs up.

The program allows eligible prisoners to complete their sentences through participation in activities such as clearing ground, road building, construction of houses for genocide survivors, clay mining, and brick and tile manufacturing. Participants are referred to as tigistes and they engage in hard physical labor: breaking and hauling rocks, digging with picks and shovels, and manually moving earth by hand, sack, or wheel barrel. Many of the workers do not wear shoes.

This new road is being excavated and leveled by TIG members. It leads to an area where other participants are constructing homes for genocide survivors – Rwanda


By |December 9th, 2009|Genocide, Rwanda|7 Comments

Quadruplet girls bring four times the joy.

Quadruplets, Butaro Hospital – Partners in Health, Burera District, Rwanda.


By |December 7th, 2009|Healthcare, Rwanda|2 Comments

Partners In Health Mobile Clinic in Rural Rwanda – Health and Solidarity

The summit Mount Muhavura volcano is 4127 meters.


The Rwandan village of  Nyamucucu is too small to be found on most maps. An extinct volcano,  Mount Muhavura, dominates the western sky.  The eastern border with Uganda is unmarked, somewhere between Nyamucucu’s high ridge top and the lush valley below.


Uganda is seen from behind the Nyamucucu village school at Rwanda’s northern border.

At 9:30 am a team of doctors and clinicians from the Butaro Hospital, run by the Boston based Partners in Health, sets out in three vehicles for a one hour drive to Nyamucucu.  A mobile health clinic will be set up at the local primary school.  The road there, in places no more than a dirt path, winds slowly down a hillside, across a valley floor, and up a steep terraced ridge.


By |December 2nd, 2009|Healthcare, Rwanda|5 Comments

Building Kigali Parents Secondary School.

This collection of photographs is from the building of Kigali Parents Secondary School, in Kigali, Rwanda. Building in the developing word is labor intensive.  It’s rare to see construction equipment and vehicles.  The following images are of concrete being mixed, transported, and poured for the second floor of the school.


By |November 21st, 2009|Education, Rwanda|6 Comments

Orphans and Vulnerable Children – Rwanda

Shelter and food are provided for orphans by the non-profit, OVC-Rwanda, in Kigali.

There are an estimated 860,000 orphans in Rwanda, as last reported by unicef.  The 1994 genocide, AIDS, and hard living conditions account for much of that number.   Forty-five of them, from the streets of Kigali, Rwanda, are fortunate to receive even minimal care, in an orphanage run by the nonprofit,  OVC Rwanda.

In the shadow of the downtown business center, overlooking a slum area of Kigali,  the orphanage is in a desperate state of disrepair.  It’s founders and community members are unable to raise appropriate funds to update the structure beyond four walls and a roof, supply needed school books, and at times provide enough food for the children.

At the top of the hill, Kigali city center is prominent.


By |November 19th, 2009|Children and Orphans, Rwanda|2 Comments

Pedaling for Light – Nuru’s Sustainable Solutions

How do you bring lighting to the 98.6% of rural Rwandan households that have no access to electricity?  The answer is entrepreneurship, micro finance,  pedal powered generators, portable pod lights, and an innovative company called Nuru (Swahili for light).

With an award from the World Bank’s Lighting Africa competition, Nuru spent the past year working directly with rural Rwandans, co-creating the first commercially viable pedal generator to bring renewable lighting to areas currently dependent on kerosene lamps.  The concept is an innovative, efficient, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to bring market based solutions to the one third of the global population living in poverty – a staggering 2 billion people.

Nuru power cycle charges 4 lights after 20 minutes of pedaling.


By |November 12th, 2009|Rwanda|2 Comments

Arthritis Treatment for Emmanuel’s Mother

Arthritis affects people worldwide – elders in Rwanda as well as the U.S.

For the next three weeks I’ll be staying with my good friend Emmanuel, in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.  The oldest in his family, Emmanuel willingly cares for his younger brothers and sisters, some nieces and nephews, and two adopted children.  His friends […]

By |November 12th, 2009|Healthcare, Rwanda|1 Comment

Clinton to Clinton – Mission Accomplished

This afternoon William Clinton, from Kigali, Rwanda, received a signed photograph from U.S. President William Clinton.

Last January while photographing a micro finance story for Rwanda’s Coojad cooperative bank,  I met a bartender named William Clinton.  Leaving with his email in hand, I planned to send him a photo of President William Clinton, when I returned […]

By |November 1st, 2009|Rwanda|3 Comments

Innovation, Infection, and Poverty Eradication: Partners In Health Style

View from Butaro Hospital, Burera District, Rwanda

 Two types of medicine are being practiced at the Butaro hospital in northern Rwanda; one treats diseases of infection, the other treats the disease of poverty.Using local building techniques, materials, and labor, construction of a new hospital building is now underway  in northern Rwanda’s Burera district, near the border with Uganda.Lush terraced hillsides, subsistence farming, and Lake Burera dominate the one hour drive from the nearest paved road – less than 15 kilometers as the crow flies.

Lake Burera, Rwanda

In a joint venture with the William J. Clinton Foundation, and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, the Boston based Partners In Health (PIH) is overseeing the building of an innovative hospital designed to control infectious diseases like tuberculosis, as well as nosocomial (hospital-induced) infections common to hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa.”


By |February 11th, 2009|Rwanda|1 Comment

Rwanda is a country of great natural resources

Rwanda is a country of great natural resources; not mineral deposits, not oil, not coal, not gem stones hidden in the earth.Rwanda’s natural resources are home grown – its people.

Fifteen years ago the country was the scene of one of the humaniy’s worst genocides .One million people were killed in the course of […]

By |January 17th, 2009|Rwanda|2 Comments

Lunchtime at Makindu Children’s Center

By |January 10th, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Shoes Needed – Kamboo Primary School

In Kamboo we visited a primary school.It has 7 teachers for almost 500 students.

After speaking with the head teacher I was given permission to photograph in the school.

Children are packed in tight, but get along well with one another.

Before I left Iwas […]

By |January 10th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Kamboo Village

Makindu Children’s Center also serves the needs of the outlying communities of Kamboo and Twaandu.

I was taken to visit Kamboovia a 30 minute ride on a motorcycle over dirt roads, then paths.Other than visitors, Kamboo has a few motorcycles.Those who are fortunate have bicycles.

There’s no electricity or piped […]

By |January 10th, 2009|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Makindu Children’s Center – What it’s All About

Makindu Children’s Center functions as a community resource facility, providing training and guidance in nutritional, agricultural, and health concerns, including HIV/AIDS education and awareness.MCC isdedicated to empowering those they serve, helping them become independent, self sufficient, and valued contributing members of society.

The program is a day resource facility, where children can come for food, bathing, […]

By |January 10th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thank You Kenya!

Kenyan Poster for Obama


By |January 9th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Makindu Childrens Center – Kenya

On the main road between Nairobiand the port city of Mombasa, is the town of Makindu – population 15,000. The economy relies on scarcely more than business from trucksferrying goods toand from the port.Makindu is hot, flat, and exceptionally arid.Seasonal rains, meager in the best of times,have failed completely […]

By |January 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Millennium Village – Mayange

In September 2000, the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty. They set out a time-bound series of targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), with a deadline of 2015 for meeting them.

These […]

By |October 21st, 2007|Agriculture, Genocide, Rwanda|3 Comments

Nyamata Catholic Church – Genocide Memorial

When the genocide began on April 7th, 1994, many ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus took refuge in churches, believing militias would not enter these areas which were perceived as sanctuaries. At the Nymata Catholic Church, located in the Bugesera district, 35 km south of the capital of Kigali, 10,000 people were killed in and […]

By |October 20th, 2007|Genocide, Rwanda|10 Comments

Peace from Rwanda

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By |October 15th, 2007|Rwanda|4 Comments

Child Soldiers – Lost Youth in the Congo

In times of armed conflict, children are among the most vulnerable – as victims, hostages and worse.During the genocide in Rwanda, one million people were killed in the span of one-hundred days.The killers did not discriminate;men, women, or children, any who were identified as from the “wrong” ethnicity were killed.

With the fall of the […]

By |October 13th, 2007|Children and Orphans, Rwanda|5 Comments

Ankole Cattle – A Cow Like no Others

In rural areas of Rwanda it’s common to come across herders with cattle.   Typically one or two older boys walks a small herd to and from water sources and food. These, Ankole Cattle, are unique to sub-Saharan Africa with specialized horns used to cool the animal down and prevent overheating in the strong African sun

By |October 3rd, 2007|Rwanda|1 Comment

Mountain Gorillas in my Midst

There are approximately 350 mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) left in the world. Their habitat range is small protected afromontane forest patches, in northwest Rwanda, southwest Uganda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On October 8th, 2007,  myself and seven others went with a guide to spend time with the Kwitonda group […]

By |October 3rd, 2007|Gorillas, Rwanda|0 Comments

Goats for Child Headed Households

The Itafari Foundation, in cooperation with Assist – Rwanda (a local NGO), as well as the Rwandan government, have partnered up for a first of its kind  goat demonstration project.  They are raising and distributing goats to cooperatives of child headed households.  Together the children will breed and sell goats to support themselves and have […]

By |October 3rd, 2007|Rwanda|8 Comments

Murambi Genocide Memorial

3:00 a.m., April 21st, 1994: Soldiers loyal to the genocide in Rwanda encircled the technical school in Murambi. Construction of the campus had not been finished when the genocide began. Within 48 hours all but 4 people were massacred; some blown up by grenades, some shot, most hacked to death by machetes.

On […]

By |October 2nd, 2007|Genocide, Rwanda|7 Comments

Five Portraits (09-30-2007)

In Rwanda the primary mode of transportation is two of feet, two legs, and the need to get from here to there. Come to the country and you will see people walking everywhere; all times of morning, day, and night. The loads they carry are diverse and the attachment point is the […]

By |October 2nd, 2007|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Gahaya Links – Basket Makers (09-26-2007)

Joy Ndungutse and Janet Nkubana are Rwandan women who were born in a refugee camp in Uganda. In 2003 they started a business assisting women to manufacture their own goods and sell them internationally. They began with six women working under a tree.  Their task was to weave baskets of a quality that […]

By |October 2nd, 2007|Uncategorized|14 Comments

Sewing School for Widows Gives Hope and Keeps Families Together (09-28-2007)

In 2002, while volunteering at a Orphanage of 100 boys, Ezra Kwizera, and his wife Mona, “felt a call to minister to the orphans of the 1994 Genocide to hopefully prevent them from becoming another army seeking revenge.”  Many widows of the genocide brought their children to orphanages with hopes of giving them a […]

By |October 1st, 2007|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Chicken Takes Toddler for Walk (10-01-2007)

By |October 1st, 2007|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Gold Standard vs. Goat Standard (12-15-2007)

Gold Standard (noun):

A monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of gold.

Price of an ounce of gold – $794.00.

Amount of money holiday shoppers estimate they will spend this year – between $800.00 and $1,000.00 per shopper.


By |October 1st, 2007|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Emmanuel’s Mother and Favorite Aunt

Emmanuel Shamakokera, is the national director for Assist Rwanda. An organization dedicated to helping young Rwandans in difficult circumstances overcome adversity and rise above the challenges in their lives. He is described by his associates as one of the hardest working people they know, devoting most of his waking hours to the youth of Rwanda.

Still […]

By |October 1st, 2007|Rwanda|2 Comments

Vision – To look at something and see what it might become.

I have been in Rwanda for just under a month, and find myself captivated by the spirit and beauty of the people. I feel blessed to be here, and as much as I miss my family, I am sad to be leaving tomorrow.

Rwanda is a country filled with vision.I’m a […]

By |October 1st, 2007|Education, Rwanda|4 Comments

Reflections on Choice and Gratitude

When we’re hurt we cry, when we’re happy our faces reflect our joy. We welcome the breeze that cools us on a hot day, and the warmth of a fire on a chilly night. We love our children, care for our friends and family, and cherish the time we have in the open arms of […]

By |September 30th, 2007|Rwanda|4 Comments

Well Behaved Kids on a Saturday Afternoon

Today was my first low key day since I arrived. We had lunch in a typical Rwandan neighborhood with Vicky’s friends Rita and Chrysologue. I napped on their couch, photographed Bessie the cow, and talked religion and politics with Pastor Francis who lives next door. Then Rita and I lounged on the […]

By |September 29th, 2007|Rwanda|3 Comments

A Rite of Passage – Charlotte Defends her Dissertation

Charlotte is a survivor of the genocide and a person of incredible resilience. She is a young woman who is dear to Victoria Trabosh, President of The Itafari Foundation. Charlotte “is like a daughter,” she says.Vicky met her on her first trip to Rwanda in 2005.Like many, Charlotte suffered great losses in the genocide; […]

By |September 28th, 2007|Education, Rwanda|1 Comment

Recording Studio in Kigali – New Road Productions

Ezra Kwizera is a man of many passions – a minister, a philanthropist, and a gifted musician and videographer. This morning I visited him at his recording studio in Kigali, New Road Productions. Here’s some of what I saw…

Ezra with Bogart and Bergman in the front lobby of his studio.

A wider […]

By |September 28th, 2007|Rwanda|3 Comments

In and Around Kigali

These images are from my first day in Kigali. My new friends Francis and Chrysologue drove me around Wednesday afternoon, 09-26-07.

Woman in Kigali

Residential road in Kigali

This boy came up to my car window while we were stopped on a side street and asked if I would take […]

By |September 27th, 2007|Rwanda|7 Comments

Almost There (09-24-2007)

From Portland it takes 27 hours to get to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda (21 in the air, with two 3 hour layovers in Chicago and Brussels) . My legs did fine, however I’m still averse to sitting. The following photos are from the morning clouds over Belgium, and an amazing sunset over the south […]

By |September 27th, 2007|Rwanda|2 Comments

First Trip to Rwanda

In April 1994, one million human beings were brutally slaughtered over 100 days in the small African country of Rwanda.This genocide was of overwhelming proportions, orchestrated by a radical political party that seized control of the Rwandan government.The loss of human life was a tragedy in its own right.A second tragedy concurrently unfolded – […]

By |September 3rd, 2007|Rwanda|3 Comments

Map of Rwanda

Map of Rwanda

By |February 6th, 2007|Rwanda|9 Comments