Children and Photos
We've partnered with the nonprofit 100Cameras to bring photography to our classroom starting in January 2016. 100Cameras has created a curriculum specifly target for young people to teach them the skills of digital photography. IN the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquakes, many children are traumatized and trying to cope with the destruction and loss all around them. Photography is well recognized as a healing artform. Photographing the world around them and participating in group discussions about the photographs provides a way to facilitate discussion, encourage self-expression and gain understanding and closure on the losses the children have suffered due to the earthquakes.
The photography course is designed to encourage young people to explore a range of emotions, using the medium of digital photography. It allows for emotions to be expressed through the medium that young people may be struggling to openly talk about.
The photography course also ties back to our project on Global Giving called "Change the Narrative, Change the Narrator" #21459. Since the majority of students at the little school are girls, we are getting them involved early in expressing their feelings about their lives via photography.
We've obtained a few used cameras for this and of course have the entire set of classroom materals that 100Cameras has given to us. We are in need of funding to purchase more cameras for this class.
Photographs taken by the children will be eligible for display on 100cameras web site.
"Photography is a tool for meditation, mindfulness and creative living. Now the emerging field of phototherapy embraces the power of making and viewing photographs for healing and personal transformation."