After the presentation, Neil Stewart, the NET teacher who invited Groshong to speak had the following to say;
This is the stuff of Boy’s Own Magazine! Daniel Groshong retired US senior military instructor: Daniel Groshong, professional photographer, whose photographs have appeared in hundreds of magazines around the world, including Time Magazine, Paris Match, Bloomberg and Penthouse: Daniel Groshong, expert on East Timorese politics and personal friend of President José Ramos-Horta, and finally, Daniel Groshong, the vision behind, The Hummingfish Foundation, http://hummingfish.org/, a charity, promoting sustainable tourism / green entrepreneurism in poverty stricken and remote parts of the world.
Modest to a fault, a gentle prod uncovers some amazing tales and adventures. Tales of interviews with a gun wielding Taliban death squad member whose mission was to assassinate journalists in Northern Pakistan, secretly switching rolls of film whilst being jabbed in the chest by a screaming North Korean border guard armed with an AK-47 and simultaneously protecting his unconscious guide, dodging mayhem in Somalia and we’re still scratching the surface.
Now, the family man, based in Hong Kong, he sports a beautiful wife and two charming children. He has opted for a less dangerous but nonetheless rewarding and exciting lifestyle and inevitably, his creation, The Hummingfish Foundation, and its website http://hummingfish.org/, both inspires and amazes.
The Hummingfish Foundation promotes several projects that reflect the diverse interests and connections of its creator; home stays with ethnic minority families in rural China; development of cottage industries such as coffee, salt and soap in East Timor; Honey production (Bee the change) and Elephant Towers in Thailand, and dive and eco-tourism in Cambodia. What all these projects have in common is that they benefit not only the people themselves but the local environments.