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MY STORY photo project 2012
Kanchana Weerakoon, a scientist and environmental activist in Colombo, Sri Lanka, invited the project to work with the Eco-Friendly Volunteers in February. For six days we taught 10 keen young Sri Lankans how to document their rivers and forests. These students were very focused on their goal: educating people on best practices to preserve their beautiful environment. The workshop’s exhibition was held in a Buddhist community center and attended by much of the neighborhood.
We stayed with Kanchana and her family in a quiet suburb of Colombo, surrounded by green fields, birds and parrots! Hard to believe we were in a city until we took a tiny tuktuk to the training center through the mayhem of Colombo traffic!
In March we headed to Fang, northern Thailand , to work with the Karen Baptist Convention once again. This time, KBC was brining 8 students to the Uplands Holistic Development Project, a seed bank and agricultural training center. Two of our former KBC students, Law Thaw and Ruby were on hand to act as translators and assistants. UHDP is located 18 kilometers outside of Fang, near the Burma border. After taking a couple of buses from Mae Sot to Chiang Mai and Chiag Mai to Fang, we biked those 18 kms. loaded with computers, cameras, ink cartridges, paper, cables, batteries, and oh yes, a few clothes. The students will use the cameras to document their community work in villages of the Burmese Delta. photo: -7164 Dinner! Fang, Thailand, March, 2012
May saw us returning to Pyin Oo Lwin, Burma, to run a workshop with 10 people at the Lissu Theological Seminary. The students came from all over the country and wanted to use the cameras to document social work in their individual communities.
Training of teachers:
In March and April we returned to Kwe Ka Baung Karen National School in Mae Sot to train 4 former students to teach the photo workshop. These four girls, aged 15, took a five day teacher training course with us and then set out to teach their peers. Each teacher had 4 students and they gave the workshop in 3 days! Those students were kept hopping! We think the teachers liked being able to tell their peers what to do!
The 7th annual MY STORY photo exhibition was held at Borderline Gallery, Mae Sot, March 29 through April 23. Attendance at the opening was very good, and included the students from STTC and KKB.
The Chapel Gallery at ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, will host the 7th MY STORY photo project exhibition from September 23 to October 6, 2013.
That ugly word again! But those of you in the Annapolis area of Nova Scotia continue to give us your bottles for which we thank you. And now for something completely different: we are launching an Indiegogo campaign, starting in September of 2012. The goal is $3000 to fund the Pa-O women's (paowomensunion.wordpress.com) and Brilliant Burma.org photo workshops. Check this site on September 23 for the URL.
Your donations go to the purchase of new cameras, battery chargers and batteries. Thank you!
We hope you will visit our blog so you can see where some of this energy goes: mystoryphotoproject.blogspot.com
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