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The World Through My Eyes

Photographs by young Mozambicans.

The Project

The World Through My Eyes was created in 2003 to enrich the lives of Mozambican children. The U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique helped fund the first phase of the project, which was completed in April 2004. The World Through My Eyes is an official program of Perception, Inc., a 501c3 charitable organization.

The main goal of The World Through My Eyes, during the first phase, was to expose young Mozambicans to photography and see if they had the aptitude to excel. Participants had access to photographic equipment and learned basic photography. They produced their own photography portfolios, received a program certificate, ten of their photos in an album and a photo CD. In addition to short-term enrichment and exposure to the creativeness learned through artistic endeavors, participants learned photography, which is a useful skill. This first phase proved that photography is of value and interest to Mozambicans and was well received both by those who partook in the project and those who attended the two gallery showings. The website also received critical acclaim. Many people mentioned the importance of photography in capturing everyday Mozambican activities to record them for future generations and share them with people around the world. This preservation and sharing of culture is one of the great benefits of this project.

The long-term goal of The World Through My Eyes is to create a permanent photography school for young Mozambicans. Currently, photography is not being taught at Mozambique's journalism institute. Annually less than twenty people study at the Center for the Formation of Photographers, the only photography school in Mozambique. There is a need for more opportunity to learn photography, especially for Mozambican youth. Most people don't have the money to buy books of photographs, see exhibitions or take non-essential photos. Music, dance and painting are the three most popular art forms in Mozambique. Photography has the potential to join this group.

Participants from the first phase may continue in the second if they chose to and over time other interested youth will be selected to join this group. As time goes by we foresee students working at progressive levels. A new idea is to train selected students, who have been with the project for a time, to work as volunteer aids in teaching others. Over time those selected will possibly become staff members.

Presently the project leader is living with his family in Portland, Oregon. He is promoting the project, searching for funding and looking into possibly partnering with an existing group or NGO in the States or Mozambique. The project assistant is in Chókwè still teaching primary school and studying at night. He is taking computer courses to become more knowledgeable and proficient with computers. The participants are continuing their regular studies and are anxiously waiting to continue with the project assistant, on an interim basis, once he finishes his computer studies. He will work with the children during the weekends to keep their skills sharp.

The project needs money to be able to continue and become the permanent photography school that we envision. To help you can go to the “Contact Us” section or visit our sales gallery. Other help you can give is to tell a friend about our site or to talk with them about their work.

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