Marissa was an experienced PhoDOGrapher when she married Jesse Jachman. For their honeymoon in South Africa and Zimbabwe they decided to take time from their safari adventure and give back to the local community. Marissa said she really wanted to expose Jesse to the Dog Meets World experience. So they took along little Foto the mascot and packed the portable printer. They wanted their new marriage to include a project they could do together to give back. Marissa wrote:
On the last full day of our trip, we went to an elementary school outside of Victoria Falls. The school had more than a hundred orphans enrolled, children whose parents had passed away from HIV/AIDS. After one of the older boys received his photo, he immediately sat down at the table and began folding up a piece of paper. When we got a better look, we realized he was making an envelope for his photo. It was clear the photo meant something to him. To be able to bring this gift to children was very special to us, and we look forward to our next Dog Meets World experience.
What an incredible way to be share their love with the children of Zimbabwe. Congratulations Marissa and
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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