The center owes a huge thank you to Louis Kravitz for his hard work and generosity. He and his friends from home very kindly pooled together and managed to come up with 10 digital cameras for the center. Louis then brought these over from the US and spent two weeks teaching the children how to use them, and how to get the most out of them. Many of our children had never even had the opportunity to use a camera before, or if they had, it was one borrowed from myself or a visiting westerner. They were on cloud nine!
Louis patiently taught them all he could and I have rarely seen the kids so engrossed in a project. They were also very careful, respecting what had been given to them and treating the cameras properly. It was such a new experience for them and one we will now be able to continue.
It was great watching the kids, initially snapping photos of absolutely everything and filling the memory cards in minutes and then, as they learned more, slowing down, appreciating their surroundings, and producing more interesting shots. I could ramble on about how well the children did but instead it is easier (and more interesting) to show you. So while hundreds of photos were taken, I asked the children to pick out their one favorite shot to show everyone. These are the ones they picked:
As you can see they children have done a fantastic job and are really proud of what they have accomplished. Thank you again to Louis and friends for making it all possible.