Meet amazing Peace Corps volunteer and phoDOGrapher Dan Honegger, a community education promoter doing literacy and after school sports programs in Essequibo Coast, Guyana. Guyana is a small country in northeastern South America.
Dan previously worked as a freelance photographer and videographer. He really enjoyed having the opportunity to use his skills with Dog Meets World to give back to students something that some never even had the opportunity to have…a picture of them-self.
The students loved the whole experience. At every school there was buzz of excitement, as I got ready, pulling out my camera gear, the printer and the puppy. Where ever I went a crowd of interested students would follow. I made sure to ask the Head Master/ Mistress at each school which students they thought would not have a picture of them self at home and who would like a photo. We would round up a group of students and I would explain to them why I wanted to take a picture of them and introduce them to the puppy named Foto. The would pet it and snuggle with it making the whole process a little more relaxed and pretty soon all the students wanted to pet the dog. It was a huge help to have a Peace Corps volunteer at the first school who helped organize the students and kept the crowd at bay. Word spread fast and pretty soon everyone wanted his or her picture taken.
When it came time to print the pictures and even bigger crowd would circle the printer and give play by play commentary as the photo would appear with a yellow hue then quickly disappear back in the printer to pop out with a red hue, then a blue and finally the finished product. They would shout the student’s name out whose picture it was and then the student would bashfully come collect the photo. Every time, when the student would finally get to hold and look at the photo a spark of happiness would light up in their eyes and they would inevitably crack a smile. Even to this day I occasionally run into a student who had their photo taken and they always say they have photo on display at their home.
Dan says the printer will be passed to a variety of volunteers all over the Guyana. He was grateful to our donors to be able to spread the joy of pictures. Thank you DAN!
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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