September 2nd, 2015 – The volunteer Photography Project has begun and I cannot begin to explain how incredible this first day has been. By teaching photography to impoverished South African children, our goal is to give these children something to smile about, look forward too, and a possible career path outside of their townships. We have comprised five lesson plans, one for each week, and we will be visiting over 10 schools each week and conducting these lesson plans with the 6th and 7th grade students.
Today we taught at two different schools in the townships surrounding Port Elizabeth and the experience so far has simply been eye opening. It’s incredible to give a child something that we take for granted, a camera, and see the joy in their eyes when the get an opportunity to take a picture for the first time. Some of these kids have never even seem themselves in a photograph before, and we are giving them a chance to do this! From what I have witnessed thus far, these are the happiest children I have had the opportunity to meet.
I just cannot express how amazing of an opportunity this has been and I have only been here less than one week! Keep checking back for more updates on this amazing project!