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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.

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Disclosing my HIV status was the biggest difficulty of my life. My mother has lost so many people to the virus and always said that she didn't want any of her children to have this disease.
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