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!
PeaceCorps Phodographers in Costa Rica and Kenya, 2009
PeaceCorps volunteers have been venturing out in the world since 1961 when Sargent Shriver first organized the program to send Americans into the developing world with the mandate to “promote world peace and friendship”. In 1981 he said
The cure is care. Caring for others is the practice of peace. Caring becomes as important as curing. Caring produces the cure, not the reverse. Peace doesn’t not come through strength, strength comes through peace.
May Dog Meets World in it’s own small way, be a seed of peace. One PeaceCorp volunteer said “Thank you Dog Meets World for giving purpose to my Peace Corps service. Through DMW, I not only distributed photographs. I also brought a service to the people my communities. I showed them that I see them.”
Phodographer Kyle Greufe in Costa Rica, August, 2010
Kyle is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. He said Dog Meets World has been one of the favorite activities he’s done at his school.
The best part would have to be seeing the faces of the children when they received their pictures, especially for those students whom I think don’t have very many, if any, pictures of themselves. The faces of these children were fixed on the printer, watching their image take shape, and then their faces lit up when they got to receive their own personal picture, for free, to enjoy. (Each picture comes with the date printed on it, so they can remember when it was taken.) Those were the kids that really made the project worth while. For these reasons, Dog Meets World is a great project to share with those who haven’t shared the same opportunities I may have had as a child. And I think the smiles in the photos speak for themselves.
Peace Corps Volunteer Kathryn wrote “Thank you Dog Meets World for giving purpose to my Peace Corps service. I commit to spending the remainder of my service not only seeing red, blue, and yellow, but trying to make purple, green, and orange. Through DMW, I not only distributed photographs. I also brought a service to the people of Cuatro Calles and Las Vegas de Río Cañas. I showed them that I see them.”
She noted that Dog Meets World opened her eyes to the poverty and lack of opportunity that exists in Ortega- in Cuatro Calles and Las Vegas de Río Cañas, which are two barrios that pertain to Ortega. Many families struggle with the daily task of collecting water early in the morning for cooking, cleaning, bathing, drinking, and other activities that we often take for granted.
Phodographer Kathryn Rouillard in Ortega, Costa Rica, Feb. 2010
Kathryn a Peace Corps volunteer shares what photos mean to her “I have been blessed with photo documentation of my first birthday, my first trip to the beach, my first day of school, my first prom… I cherish a picture of my grandfather which I have had next to my bed since he passed away last year. Through pictures, I have told my life story to my friends and neighbors in Ortega and, through pictures, I have frozen unforgettable moments in time like laughs with friends, kisses with boyfriends, and breathtaking scenery in places like Spain, Paraguay, and now, Costa Rica. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to pass on such joy to families in Ortega by being part of the Dog Meets World photo project.“
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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