Foto’s Blog: It’s so much more than a photo in South Africa

Mar 18, 2011   //   Foto's Blog, South Africa  //  Comments Off


Phodographer Samantha Coffin in Kayamandi, South Africa, March 2010

Samantha visited DMW offices in Washington DC yesterday. She told us she still communicates with the students in the township where she volunteered while studying abroad last year. She sends them packages and thinks about them everyday! They tell her how they are going to attend University and someday come visit her in the United States. She loves them. Samantha says:

The children I worked with meant the world to me, however doing Dog Meets World and giving them a photograph of just themselves meant more than the world to them. These photographs started a photo family, a bond so unique and everlasting. Thank you for helping me to make my own Dog Meets World family in South Africa and Zambia too!


Here’s Samantha having fun with Foto and her afterschool students!

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