Foto’s Blog: Youth Center & Tangible Memories in Morocco

Jun 4, 2013   //   Morocco, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Youth Center & Tangible Memories in Morocco

Phodographer Anna Khandros in Bouanane, Morocco

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Anna Khandros, a native of Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of Brandeis University, began working with the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer a year ago. She is the first volunteer in Bouanane, which is in the southeast region of Morocco. Anna now finds herself three hours from the nearest city and six hours from the nearest supermarket. “The region is one of the poorest”. Anna recounts:

My town’s recently re-opened Youth Center had it’s first-ever camp, something I’d been working toward for almost a full year. Because of the camp’s importance to me as well as my community, I took hundreds of photos. The problem I’ve found with taking photos is that I rarely get to share them with the people in them. Dog Meets World allowed me to do just that, and the children will now have a tangible memory of their first camp experience. I hope that as they grow up, the photos will remind them of the importance of the Youth Center in the community, and will encourage them to take ownership and make sure it stays open long after I leave.

Bouanane is in one of the poorest regions of Morocco, so I asked the kids I photographed how many of them already had photos of themselves; most did. However, none had photos of just themselves, probably because everything here is so communal and photographs remain expensive. Although I had concerns about the children’s aversion to real dogs as well as smiling in photos, they took a liking to little stuffed Foto dog, and I had some success getting a few to smile!

It was really rewarding distributing the photos, as it will be to share them with people around the world.

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