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ZANMI LAKAY's Fundraiser:

Summer Photo Camp for Street Children in Haiti


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June 27, 2011

This summer photo camp will be the first opportunity these kids have ever had to travel out of their neighborhood to visit another city.  See more


EVENT DATE: Jul 29, 2011


Zanmi Lakay's Jouk Li Jou Kan Foto

First Annual Photography Camp for Children in Haiti

Empower Haitian children to represent their own country through visual storytelling

For the first time, student photographers from Cité Soleil will meet up with students in Jacmel to spend 10 days shooting photo stories, editing, and processing their digital images with the help of volunteer profession photojournalists. The students will then print and hang their photos for an exhibition at the Fosaj Gallery, 5-7 Rue St. Ann, Jacmel. The month long show opens with a reception on Friday July 29, 2011, as a celebration for the entire community.

This unprecedented teaching and exhibit event, called Jouk Li Jou Kan Foto will take place July 22-29, 2011, at the ACFFC building and around town in Jacmel, Haiti. Jouk Li Jou is a Haitian saying that means: we'll never stop until the day is over, working hard to see a better life, and we'll keep fighting to the end. Our students, their families and communities are all about Jouk Li Jou no matter what happens in Haiti, and our exhibition will reflect their resilience, dignity, and enduring spirit.

Zanmi Lakay’s Photography Workshop students are the best ambassadors to share and inform people about what we do. Our students are from  our partnering organizations - Kolézépol in Cité Soleil, Haiti's largest and worst slum, and Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) in Jacmel, a poor yet beautiful historical seaside town known for its local artisans. ACFFC will be hosting the Jouk Li Jou Kan Foto at their headquarters. These organizations provide the children school, daily meals, art classes, and community projects, as well as much needed social interaction.

The Jouk Li Jou Kan Foto will foster the children’s photographic talents not only boosting self-esteem and teaching practical technical skills for the future, but will also inspire self-reflection and life changes empowering the young students to improve their lives. Many of these kids have never traveled out of their neighborhoods. The meeting up of students from different communities will foster both their art and socialization skills.


$1,200.00 - cost of lodging and meals for children from Cité Soleil for two weeks

$800.00 - cost of transportation for all students and volunteers for two weeks

$400.00 - additional amount we are donating to Fosaj, an artist in residence program, for use of their gallery. Much of their building fell in the earthquake and it is being rebuilt.


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