Foto’s Blog: Big Smiles near Mt. Kilimanjaro and Arusha in Tanzania

Jul 3, 2012   //   Tanzania  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Big Smiles near Mt. Kilimanjaro and Arusha in Tanzania




PhoDOGrapher and DMW Founder Carolyn Lane and Mark Schwartz in Ngurdoto Village near Arusha, Tanzania 2012

It so simple to add Dog Meets World to one’s travels. I contacted the lodge ahead of time, explained the photo diplomacy sharing aspect of the project and asked for a guide to take us to nearby areas where children are bereft of personal photos. We walked escorted by Neema, an employee at the Ngurdoto Lodge, a mere 5 minutes to the local village and set up kids with the abundantly growing corn (maize) as a backdrop. The eyes widen with amazement when the photos emerged from the tiny printer as thy watched.

Modern man, especially the rural inhabitants, toil according to centuries old methods with limited interfaces with modernity, yet smiles abound. Our experiences were shared moments of delight and joy.

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