We live in a culture where our images are taken tens of times, with or without us knowing, daily; captured by security cameras, inadvertently in a tourist’s snap shots, or from our phone of a meal we’re enjoying. We live in a culture of imagery and video, but how often do we take the time to look at the world through the eyes of a stranger, let alone children in marginalized communities? 100cameras empowers children to document their lives to raise awareness and create positive, sustainable change.
The concept is simple, a camera is given to a child to capture their daily life, interests and community, images are then merchandised on the 100cameras website for purchase, and 100% of the picture’s proceeds goes to the child. So far, the organization has taken their project to South Sudan, New York City, and Cuba, where sales of the prints have created improved conditions and safety to orphans who lost their families during the 21-year civil war in Sudan, contributed to extra-curricular activity and education through after-school learning in one of New York City’s inner-city community centres, and provided education on available public services, medical aid, entrepreneurship training, and leadership workshops to those marginalized from Cuban society.
There are many ways to support 100cameras, the simplest is to visit their shop here; remember, 100% of proceeds goes to the children and their communities. You can also Adopt-a-Camera, where a child will own the camera for the duration of the project to document their life while learning about photography. In return, you will receive 10 images from the child you supported along with their biography. To learn more about the Adopt-a-Camera Initiative, click here.
Thank you 100cameras for making our world wonderful.
LET ME KNOW, REPLY BELOW: When was the last time you saw the world through a child’s eyes?