NEW PhoDOGrapher Michael Walton in Brasilia, Brazil 2011
Michael is a world-class, professional track and field athlete with a heart for guiding young lives and a passion for community activism. In 2002 he founded The Michael Walton Foundation to provide positive outlets and opportunities for self development for underserved youth in grades 6th – 12th in the Greater Washington DC area. While traveling with youth from the MWF in Brazil he added Dog Meets World to give back to youth in Brasilia. Photos were taken at a program called Transforme in Brazil, a youth drug rehabilitation center. He said
I got the feeling that many of the youth that recieved photos hadn’t had that opportunity often. Collaborating with DMW made me feel as if we were leaving behind a special memory in the lives of these youth.. that it was a ray of light that they can look back upon as they go through their day to day challenges with rehabilitation. The Michael Walton Foundation will certainly use DMW on future trips.
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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