Photo Stories: African Women and Kids
Affected by AIDS Share their Lives



Fárida is 18 years old and a recent high school graduate. She hopes to attend the university to study sociology or anthropology. As a presenter on Radio Mozambique’s children’s program called “Hora do Recreio” (Time to Play), she talks about issues related to youth and education. When she was 9 years old, she was invited to present a story on the program. Since then, she has been drawn to doing activist work through presenting on radio programs.

Fárida made new friends and feels she learned so much participating in The House Is Small. She interviewed several of the participants and their family members during the project and learned about their lives. About what she learned, she says, ”Working for children’s radio, I feel I now know more how to communicate to my audience and tell them about the problems that affect most of these kids, who in this case, lost their parents through AIDS, which has made so many orphans so far.” She believes that it was “a great opportunity to tell their own stories in the first person.”

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Farida: I see you've captured some of the children in another photograph on this site that were jumping/leaping! I hope you'll be able to continue your studies - and photography!!/ejs
elise atearthlinkdotnet
Memphis TN
Posted Thursday, August 09, 2007 10:48AM

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Workshop impressions

Maputo project participant

Posted 8:37AM on Thursday, August 16, 2007 Pacific Time

Para mim o workshop foi muito interessante porque aprendi muita coisa relaccionada com a fotografia e nao so, fiz muitos amigos, aprendi e ensinei o pouco que ate hoje sei.
Durante duas semanas terei muitas fofos, entrevistei algumas criancas orfas da associacao reecontro que participaram nom workshop, oque foi bom para mim porque conheci as suas estorias, o seu dia-a-dia e mais.

Sendo eu uma fazedora de programas infantis de radio saberei como comunicar os ouvintes sobre os problems que dizem respeito a todos e que afectam na sua maioria as criancas caso concreto da grande doenca que e o SIDA que deixa muitas criancas orfas como estas que comigo participaram no workshop, criancas estas que de certeza tem e terao uma historia para contar, saom responsaveis de familias com os seus 17,18 anos.

Gostaria que esta iniciativa nao parase por aqui porque no futuro teremos grandes-pequenos fotografos.

Translation from Portuguese to English:

For me, the workshop was very interesting because I learned a lot of things related with photography and not only that, I have made so many new friends. I learned and I taught the little I know until today up to now. During these two weeks, I took so many photographs and interviewed a few orphans from Reencontro who took part in the workshop. It was good for me because I had the opportunity to review their stories.

Working for children's radio, I feel I now know more how to communicate to my audience and tell them about the problems that affect most of these kids, who in this case, lost their parents through AIDS, which has made so many orphans so far. For the kids who participated in this workshop, I believe these kids who are 17 or 18 years old and who are responsible for taking care of their families have a great opportunity to tell their own stories in the first person.

I would be so glad if this initiative should continue. If so, in the future we will have great young photographers.

Workshop report

Maputo project participant

Posted 7:18AM on Thursday, August 16, 2007 Pacific Time

De 06.08.07 ha 17.08.07, decorreu em mocambique concretamente na cidade capital maputo o segundo workshop em materias ligadas a fotografia,No qual participaram 15 criancas orfas de ambos progenitores devido ao HIV/ SIDA seleccionadas pela REENCONTRO 6 jovens activistas escolhidos pela UNICEF que trabalharam em parceria com a VENICE ARTS and AFRICAN MILLENNIUM FOUNDATION no ambito do projeto "THE HOUSE IS SMALL BUT THE WELCOME IS BIG".

O workshop teve como objectivo: Ensinar os participantes nocoes basicas de fotografia de modo a que estes possam documentar a vida das criancas.

De acordo com os participantes o workshop foi de caracter educativo e recreativo, tiveram oportunidade de visitar as casas das criancas situadas em diferentes bairros da cidade tais como: ferroviario, compone, polana canico, mavalane, albazine, laulane, guava, entre outros, onde poderam ouvir na primeira pessoa a vida das criancas (as estorias, dificuldades, perispectivas para o futuro e mais).

Algumas criancas participaram em entrevistas de audio e video, e receberam maquinas fotograficas analogicas ja carregadas.

De agora em diante o sonho de algumas criancas e de nao pararem por aqui e gostariam de ter mais oportunidades do genero .......

Translation from Portuguese to English:

From August 6, 2007, to August 17, 2007, a photography workshop took place in Maputo for 15 orphaned kids whose parents have passed away due to HIV/AIDS. The kids were selected by Reencontro, and were accompanied by 6 activists from UNICEF, working in partnership with Venice Arts and the African Millennium Foundation. The project is called "The House is Small but the Welcome is Big."

The main objective of the workshop is: Teach the basics of photography to the kids so that they can document their own lives.

According to the participants, the workshop had an educative and recreative character. They had an opportunity to visit different houses located in different neighborhoods such as Ferroviario, Compone, Polana Canico, Mavalane, Albazine, Laulane, and Guava, among others. They also had the chance to hear and document stories of each other's lives -- the stories, difficulties, and perspectives of the future.

Some kids had the opportunity to participate in audio and video interviews, and some of them received point-and-shoot cameras loaded with film.

The kids enjoyed the class so much and it would be great if this should not stop here and they should be given other opportunities like this in order to develop their photographic skills.

Farida's introduction

Maputo project participant

Posted 11:23PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Pacific Time

My name is Fárida, I'm 18 years old, and I live with my parents, my paternal grandparents and my brothers. Last year I took 12th grade, in arts and mathematics, but unfortunately I was unable to enter the university Faculty. But I hope I will get in next year to study sociology or anthropology.

In my free time I like to read, sleep, go for walks, chat, watch television and many other things. I am a presenter of Radio Mozambique's children's programme "Hora do Recreio" (Time to Play).

When I was a child I always enjoyed listening to the Radio Mozambique children?s programmes. I used to take part in competitions until one day I was invited to get to know all those who made the programme. They also invited me to read a story "A Vaca Malhada" ("The Spotted Cow"). I liked it and from that time on, I frequented the radio. I recall that at the time I was only 9 years old.

I have done reports for the children's programme, and I still do. For example, special programmes broadcast live from the schools. I liked the programme we made for the First Lady of Germany last year, when she came to visit the children?s programme.


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What I can say to my family, and my community, is that the most important thing is love, not money. Sometimes they say that they don’t visit us because they have nothing to give us. We need love, not things. Even with money you can still feel alone inside.
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