What The MY STORY Project Does
The My Story photo project (MSppa) provides digital cameras and training in basic photo techniques to Karen and Burmese refugees on the Thai/Burma border.
Burmese refugees tell their own stories through photos.
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and mailed to:
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
Canada B0S 1A0
The training is about 'seeing'. 'Seeing' as a photographer. Participants look at and discuss each other's pictures, and at the end of the session edit their work into a yearly exhibition that travels from Borderline Gallery in Mae Sot, Thailand to Canada and the United States. After the training, students use their cameras to document their work and lives on the border.
Photographs are for sale, with proceeds split 50/50 between the photographer and MSppa.
In the process we have a lot of FUN!
MY STORY photo project 2013
In 2013 we will be returning to the Kwe Ka Baung Karen National School in Mae Sot to work with our 4 new photo teachers. These 15 year old girls were so enthusiastic about passing on their photo skills that we can’t wait to see what they’ve been up to since we left in June.
March will see us going to Dharamsala, India, to work at a school for Tibetan refugee children. The project is called Sontsa, which means seedling in Tibetan, and we hope the students will use photography to see themselves in a positive light.
In January we will work with the young artists and apprentices from Puzzle Box Studio in Mae Sot. Some of them will be taking their photography skills to art classes in several area migrant schools. We will work with the Pa-O Women's Union in Mae Hong Song, Thailand, in February. These women will then take the cameras back to their villages in Burma to document their communities.
Both these workshops are being funded in part by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Canadian Embassy, Bangkok.
We continue to stay in touch with our photo workshop teachers, Der Lweh, Eh Shoe, and Yawla, and many of our students who keep us inspired with their photos and their spirit.
|The MY STORY photo project is a registered Canadian charity.
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The MY STORY photo project is supported by:
Kick Start Art
Karen Youth Organization
Lisu Theological Seminary
Pa-O Women's Union
MY STORY photo project association
& in part by a grant from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives