Phodographer Maia Pelleg, Kiva Fellow, Ghana
A Birth Certificate shows that we were born,
A Death Certificate shows that we died,
Pictures show that we lived!
Dog Meets World introduces photo diplomacy. Photo diplomacy is a simple way for citizens to connect and share a moment and a meaningful exchange. A photo says you count, we are alike and its like giving out tangible joy. Join this all volunteer effort to bring the world closer through the power of acknowledgment and photography. It’s peacemaking 101.
Phodographer Maia Pelleg in Ghana April 2010
Maia Pelleg enthusiastically embraced Dog Meets World while volunteering as a Kiva Fellow before starting law school. Maia expressed reverence and respect for all the women she worked with. She wrote about Vela (above) who does not own a photograph of her children. Through Dog Meets World, Maia provided her first photos. Vela says,
I am a business lady,” and is proud that she has been accessing micro-loans to improve her revenue. Vela told Maia that half of her profits are reinvested in her business and the other half go to pay for food and school fees for her children. There is not enough money to pay for photographers.
Meet Rukyiah, she runs a general provisions shop two-hours from Tarkwa, Ghana. She sells items such as minerals, grains and flour to members of her community. Rukyiah credits a series of micro-loans with enabling her to truly provide for her four children.
“I’m good at business and I’m very hard-working,” she says, “Thank you for this photo. My children will be proud.”
Phodographer Amir Pelleg in Kumasi, Ghana
On this Thanksgiving week, DMW honors all phoDOGraphers who have taken their time to see and recognize so many children around the world. In 37 countries, this humble program continues to spread diplomacy worldwide and be a bridge of peace from Niger to Panama, Ghana to India, and now from Jamaica to Tibet. Starting with a single “click” – truly the power of one photograph transcends much and can bring real affirmation and a smile. Foto the dog is a symbol of peace and love and helps fetch all the photos.
Amir Pelleg was working as a volunteer consultant in remote cocoa farming communities. He said Dog Meets World was such “an exciting and rewarding experience.” These are kids from that community, thrilled to have their first photograph. Thanks Amir and all phoDOGraphers for bringing the Dog Meets World citizen photo diplomacy project to over 5000 kids and families.
NEW Phodographer Maia Pelleg in Ghana, April 2010
Maia Pelleg, now a first year law student at Duke University, enthusiastically embraced Dog Meets World while volunteering as a Kiva Fellow in Ghana last spring. This picture is of Elizabeth a leader of her community microfinance group. She operates a small market kiosk from which she sells paint. Elizabeth is 65-years-old and continues to provide for her family, including her grandchildren’s school fees. She was thrilled to have this picture. Dog Meets World honors all the workers of the world.
Phodographer Maia Pelleg in Ghana, April 2010
Posing with pride with her Dog Meet World photo. Hawa is 43-years old and has recently taken out a loan from a microfinance institution in Ghana to expand her business. She sells millet porridge to miners and school-children in her community. Hawa says, “I’m industrious and hard-working. I have four children. I want to be healthy for life. Thank you for giving me a picture of myself that I can give to my children. They will be proud.” DMW thanks Maia for giving her this opportunity to have her picture!
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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