A world of chal­lenges

Video di­arist, trav­eller back

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From risk­ing his life travers­ing a land­slide near Machu Pic­chu, to be­ing coaxed by an on­line com­mu­nity into tak­ing a cut­throat shave and Turk­ish bath in the Mid­dle East, Andrew Strugnell has had his fair share of ex­cite­ment and ad­ven­ture over the past few months.

In Novem­ber last year, the Tawa man cam­paigned through Face­book to win the Dow­nun­der World Chal­lenge in con­junc­tion with Dow­nun­der World­wide In­surance and Chris­tian aid or­gan­i­sa­tion, TEAR Fund.

This chal­lenge saw him travel to 13 coun­tries to com­plete chal­lenges and tasks set by fol­low­ers on Face­book and YouTube.

While he trav­elled alone to visit some of TEAR Fund’s projects in Africa, In­dia and the Philip­pines, his con­stant com­pan­ions were his video and SLR cam­eras with which he doc­u­mented his trav­els.

Mr Strugnell de­scribed the ex­pe­ri­ence as be­ing like the movie The Amaz­ing Race.

‘‘ Ex­cept I knew where I was go­ing, but I didn’t know what I would be do­ing when I got there. My fate was in the hands of the peo­ple fol­low­ing me on­line.’’

Among these ex­pe­ri­ences was be­ing thrown out of the Taj Ma­hal grounds for record­ing him­self wav­ing a flag in front of the fa­mous icon.

On his way across the Turk­ish bor­der to Syria he jumped into a

Tawa’s Andrew Strugnell used so­cial me­dia to carry out a se­ries of chal­lenges around the world, high­light­ing wor­thy projects at the same time. taxi, re­alised an im­pend­ing mug­ging, and jumped out again.

Among his high­lights were vis­its to see the work of TEAR Fund’s part­ners in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

These in­cluded a mis­sion to save or­phans in Uganda, the wa­ter­shed projects in In­dia, and train­ing pro­vided to street dwellers in the Philip­pines.

These ex­pe­ri­ences and sto­ries have been doc­u­mented on video to be shared on the in­ter­net.

Mr Strugnell said he suf­fered from cul­ture shock af­ter ar­riv­ing in New Delhi, but he soon felt bet­ter when he vis­ited TEAR Fund’s part­ner EFFICOR, who helped farm­ers har­vest wa­ter for ir­ri­ga­tion.

Great sto­ries were cap­tured dur­ing his time there, he said.

‘‘EFFICOR’s ef­fec­tive wa­ter­shed im­ple­men­ta­tions have al­lowed farm­ers to pro­duce two crops, in­stead of one, each sea­son.

‘‘These changes have en­cour­aged work­ing vil­lagers to in­vest their en­er­gies within their com­mu­nity, as op­posed to mi­grat­ing be­tween town and city to find work dur­ing bar­ren times.’’

Among his fond­est mem­o­ries of his time in In­dia was sleep­ing un­der the stars in a vil­lage in Parat­wada.

Strugnell is edit­ing the footage from his trip and putting snip­pets on his YouTube chan­nel. You can find the footage at youtube.com/ strugsnot­drugs.

He hopes to turn the ex­pe­ri­ence into a three-part TV se­ries.

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