Phodographer Samantha Coffin near Livingston, Zambia, May 2010
Samm finished her semester in South Africa and took Dog Meets World on her travels. She asked backpackers which kids in the area would appreciate photos the most and was told the pre-school would be amazing. So a man called Cowboy Clif rode his bike to pick her up to bring to his pre-school that he runs with the funds from his bicycle tours around Livingston, Zambia. Samm said “They were the most well behaved pre-schoolers and they were so fascinated. When the printer died, some kids broke out in hysterical tears until I told them that I was going right back to the backpackers to charge the printer and continue printing.”
Try to imagine this boy’s thoughts as he studies his first ever picture of himself. What an affirmation.
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Praise for DMW
"Participating in Dog Meets World was a truly magical experience, bringing joy and wonderment to all I met."
John Carr, Phodographer across South America
"Dog Meets World unleashes the power of photography as a diplomatic and personal tool in building connections among the people of the world. It embeds a memory in photographer and subject alike."
Prof. Patrick Fleming, Fulbright scholar & Phodographer Cambodia & Kyrgzystan
"You will never know just how important that photo will be long after it is taken and given."
Delores Barr Weaver, co-owner Jacksonville Jaguars
"Dog Meets World went over fabulously in my village. It is a perfect option for Peace Corps volunteers like myself. I like the Foto dog mascot, kids like it, and it is a representation of the peace and the ideas of the project."
Kristen Woodruff, Phodographer Costa Rica
"The kids are absolutely loving Dog Meets World. For a majority, these were the first images of themselves that they have ever owned."
Marti Johnson, Phodographer Uganda