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From Instagram: School grounds

Mayhem in the school grounds this morning. I have started @camerasforasia today and the first job is photographing school life before classes this afternoon. #india #education #school #schoolchildren #camerasforasia #lonelyplanetindia #indianchildren

Mayhem in the school grounds this morning. I have started @camerasforasia today and the first job is photographing school life before classes this afternoon. #india #education #school #schoolchildren #camerasforasia #lonelyplanetindia #indianchildren

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Cameras for Asia: India part 1

The Cameras for Asia program recently visited India, taking the program to three different centres around the country. The first of these was Shishya School in the Dun Valley, a beautiful location with views towards the Himalaya mountains and set in a peaceful village outside Dehra Dun. Two more posts will be published in the coming days on the other two centres.

Shishya School

Shishya School in the Dun valley was started in 1996 by the parents of some of my former Woodstock School students (an international school in Mussoorie about 50km away). They put a “school” sign outside a two bedroom house and parents brought their children. It has expanded since into a lively community of about 650 students. There’s a wonderful sense of family here with committed teachers involved, some who live on campus.

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The photography elective students.

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Cameras for Asia: Myanmar and Nepal 2014

Cameras for Asia will jet off again this Friday for 5-6 weeks in Asia. The schedule is:

2-3 weeks in Myanmar: teaching photography, hosting an exhibition of the children’s photographs at the Myanmar Deitta gallery in Yangon (the flyer is below) and a few days of travel to Hpa’an.

2-3 weeks in Nepal: teaching photography at two centres in different parts of Kathmandu plus a week long trek to Langtang.

I am really pleased about a number of things this trip even though it is promising to be a pretty mad and hectic schedule:

– the annual Yangon photography festival is on while I’m in Myanmar and I hope there will be a chance to take the children to it
– Myanmar Deitta is a great space and I do hope there’s more opportunities for these kids through the centre in the years ahead as they offer scholarships and workshops
– I raised $1000 towards the trip expenses (donations are still welcome!)
– the incredible array of cameras that I’ve received and that keep arriving (an underwater camera, a sports action video camera etc)
– seeing all the children again in Yangon and Kathmandu – can’t wait…

Exhibition flyer.

Exhibition flyer.

The children’s images from all three centres will be posted in the coming weeks plus details of any travels/sights/images I might get to do myself.

Thanks for all the varied support I’ve received for Cameras for Asia this year.

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Images celebrating Universal Children’s Day

November 20 is Universal Children’s Day. And while we can celebrate the joy children give us it’s also good to remember 57 million children around the world don’t go to school and 70% of child deaths are attributable to diarrhoea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery or lack of oxygen at birth.

Six of the eight Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015 relate to children – our future. With that in mind here are some images celebrating children around the world.

Their excitement was infectious.

Young Burmese boys on truck transport in Yangon, Myanmar.

“How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.”
-Charles Darwin

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Cameras for Asia: Australia

For the first time Cameras for Asia actually ran a workshop here in Australia. This has worked out well as I have been grounded here in Australia for several months and it’s been fun to run a program with children here.

There were four kids aged 12-16 from Montrose Access that provide disability care for kids in Queensland. The children had varying levels of mobility but all had used a camera before and were very enthusiastic. Here are a few of my favourite images of the day. All photos are taken by the kids except for the very last one. Enjoy!

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