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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.
Lisa
USA
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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Football
Antonio Augustin

Baby backpacks
Antonio Augustin

Damiao and his family
Antonio Augustin

Damiao
Antonio Augustin

Young band
Antonio Augustin

Bright day
Antonio Augustin

Writing on the wall
Antonio Augustin

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Friends
Joaquim

Four rooms
Damiao

Antonio at home
Damiao

Antonio at home
Namani

Antonio at home
Nelson

Memories
Marta

Wardrobe
Namani

The window
Damiao

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Russell Baer

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When my parents died some neighbors and family abandoned us, although some are still supportive, but it is different than before. Now, my family will say hello in the street, but they will not come into our home. I asked my Uncle, why doesn’t anyone visit us? Why won’t people visit?
Inocencia
Maputo project participant


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