Dog Meets World is about human dignity and the power of one. The intention is that the photograph fulfills a basic human need for acknowledgment and recognition. Kids of the world light up our future.
Volunteer phoDOGraphers used Foto to fetch photos in (left to right) Costa Rica, Haiti, Jordan, Cambodia, Panama and Uganda. Thanks to all our phoDOGraphers!
Phodographers Coleen McIntyre and Mimi DuVigneaud near Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2011
Coleen had a blast with Foto and photo diplomacy while working in India. She saw how important the photo affirmation was for the children. On her way back to the USA where grad school applications await, she and friend Mimi DuVigneaud spent weeks traveling through SE Asia. Unfortunately she didn’t have her Dog Meets World printer supplies along as they got packed up by mistake by the movers when she was leaving India Nevertheless they took the lessons of photo diplomacy to heart and ran with it.
Coleen and Mimi reported they spent time in Cambodia with the children of the Angkor Orphan & Education Oganization. A side note… the little girl in the picture is missing her front teeth as they were rotting out and her adult teeth were growing in in an upwards direction! They were able to get volunteer dental help through a couple that lives here in the States.
There were about 20 children who had not begun school yet because they needed to wait until the start of the new school year, so we mainly worked with these children during the day hours when the others were attending school. One of the most exciting projects we did for the kids was an individual photo frame for each child. We weren’t able to do the traditional method of Dog Meets World photo processing with the kids as Foto and the printer were mistakenly packed up and sent by boat back home to the States from India. Given that we had an extended amount of time we were able to take photos of the 25 kids, send them off to get developed overnight and continue on with our project the next day. The kids loved seeing their picture on the digital camera but were even more enthused when we returned the next day with a hard copy of each of their individual pictures! The kids then placed their pictures on a brightly colored paper and decorated around the picture to create a frame which they could hang above their sleeping area or place in a special location. They loved the activity and couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces!
As a result Coleen and Mimi have established a non-profit, EduForward, with a goal of educating children around the world. Their first project is to raise funds to help the children of the AOEO Cambodia orphanage. Any funds raised will go directly to the children and will help towards their education and well being. They will be returning in June to work with the children once again and this time Foto will be making the journey across the world by plane in Coleen’s bag to visit the wonderful, loving children at AOEO!. Thanks Coleen and Mimi….Foto loves to help fetch photos!
Phodographer Patrick Fleming near Siem Reap, Cambodia Aug. 2009.
After completing a Fulbright Scholarship in China, Patrick spent a week in Cambodia. While exploring the countryside not far from the famous Angkor Wat temple, he visited a school to share in his words “the magical prints of Dog Meets World“.
Professor Fleming says “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.”
Gigi elected to take a GAP year between high school and college and included volunteering at MaDforGood in Siem Reap, home of the famous ancient temple of Angkor Wat.. After her first experience she excitedly emailed “I’m in Cambodia right now and I just used the Dog Meets World printer! I started taking photos and like everyone from the village swarmed around me. It was amazing to watch everyone see themselves in a photo for the first time. I’ll send you the pictures! Thank you for the opportunity to do this!”
Way to go young woman with a big heart for the world’s kids.
Phodographer Emily Meader near Siem Reap, Cambodia, Dec. 2009
This father is helping his young daughter pose for her first photograph. In honor of all the times in our lives that our fathers help each of us….we honor all fathers worldwide. Imagine how much he will treasure this picture of his child. Join Dog Meets World and help collect photo for fathers!
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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