Sunday, June 12, 2011

Photography Project

A couple weeks ago, Katie Hyde, a trustee, visited Sam's House while on a school trip in Nepal. Katie teaches at Duke University and directs a program called Literacy through Photography which "encourages children to explore their world as they photograph scenes from their own lives, and then to use their images as catalysts for verbal and written expression."

Katie brought several cameras and a photo printer, and turned the gang (and the house mothers) loose on a really interesting and fun project, creating their own alphabet through photos, and taking self-portraits.

Below are a few examples and you can see the full projects here and here.

Welcome Parbati

Last month, Parbati joined the Sam's House gang... here's the note from Dinesh...

"Parbati mother died two years ago. Then, her father suffered from depression and left home. The family does not know where he is and whether he is still alive or not. Then, their grand parents (over 70 years old) had been looking after Parbati and her younger sister Kum Kumari. They are from Santosh's village in Syangja district. So, they knew that Santosh was at Sam's House. They filed their application for Parbati. Then, [trustee] Dinesh Shrestha [one of our Nepali trustees] went to their village for assessment and reported the details of their condition to the SH admission committee and the committee decided to admit her into the house. Parbati's sister is now three years old. She is still living with her grandparents. The grandparents wanted to keep her with them for another year. They have requested us to admit her next year."


Parbati with her grandparents