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Antonio Augustin

Antonio is an expressive 15-year-old in the 7th grade whose favorite subjects include Portuguese, math and chemistry. He lives with two of his brothers. His youngest sister lives in a mission and his two oldest sisters live with their husbands. Before being found by Reencontro, Antonio and his brothers lived in a house that he describes as, “…about to fall down, with holes on the floors and walls. The holes [had] rats that [would] eat our rice and other food.” Reencontro rehabilitated their house and he thanks God, Reencontro, and his brothers. He says, “My brothers help me with many things. I have strong support from my family— not material (that is from Reencontro) but emotional support.” As examples, he says, “They didn’t go to school, but they encourage me to go to school. They tell me not to smoke, to go to church, to go to school, to be a good person.”

Antonio liked participating in The House Is Small because he learned how to tell stories without writing and through pictures. He wants people who see his pictures in other parts of the world to know that he never thought he’d have such an opportunity. About learning photography, he says, “Previously, I just passed through my environment. But now I stop and I think, ‘I wish I could have a camera now’. Before I thought, ‘take the camera and click’. Now, I know I can have a vertical and horizontal picture. There are lots of things in my area to shoot.”

comments from website visitors:

Antonio, you, and your brothers give the world hope.
Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 5:05PM

Antonio: These are great photos and show your great focus on those around you! Keep up the good work!/ejs
elise atearthlinkdotnet
Memphis TN
Posted Thursday, August 09, 2007 11:53AM

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Antonio Augustin

Baby backpacks
Antonio Augustin

Damiao and his family
Antonio Augustin

Antonio Augustin

Young band
Antonio Augustin

Bright day
Antonio Augustin

Writing on the wall
Antonio Augustin

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Four rooms

Antonio at home

Antonio at home

Antonio at home



The window

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