Foto’s Blog: Helping to create a New Story for the Middle East

Aug 22, 2011   //   Foto's Blog, United States of America  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Helping to create a New Story for the Middle East

Phodographer-to-Be Manar Sarie in Washington, DC Aug 2011

My name is Manar Sarie, I’m a master student at the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies in Israel studying low tech green technologies in the West Bank- Palestine. This summer I had a great opportunity to be part of a group called New Story Leadership for the Middle East, bring together young professional Israelis and Palestinians who are willing to talk and take action for peace.

During the summer in Washington, DC I interned at the World Bank and spoke in different embassies about my story as an Arab Israeli. Moreover, I heard about fascinating projects such as Dog Meets World- Photo Diplomacy. The first thing that came to my mind was flashes of kids who jumped and ran to me when I was taking photos in their village, and I never thought that actually the pictures I took for them can be the first picture they every had in their life. I am excited to start the project at home. There is almost nothing about photo diplomacy in the entire Middle East and I want to introduce it!!

Thank you Dog Meets World for your support and for opening the door to me to this world.

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John Carr, Phodographer across South America

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"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