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 Carolyn Lane, Leah Hudson and Brittany Lane in Haiti 2009
A year has passed since the devastating earthquake hit this island nation. Dog Meets World today shares earlier pictures of kids, which were for almost all their very first photographs. It is our hope that the Haitian children and young people can “see their potential” more clearly in their pictures. Haiti needs their indomitable spirits, energy, hard work and tenacity to move forward. It reminds us all to stay involved and help.
Founder Carolyn Lane with kids shouting for joy with first photos in Haiti!
PhoDOGrapher Joanelle Mulrain writes:
A picture is worth a thousand words.
And now more than a thousand smiles.
Since the genesis of Dog Meets World in October 2008, this global photo diplomacy project has been embraced by more than 150 phoDOGraphers (volunteer photographers), who have distributed over 5,000 to children (adults) many of whom have never seen a picture of their beautiful faces before. 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 hatred and racial unrest as well as poverty and neglect, and it can bring to some real affirmation and a smile.
This is the global goal of Dog Meets World…the journey of our little ambassador dog setting the stage for a child’s first photo – it touches the hearts of children around the world and enhances self-esteem and character while bringing smiles of happiness and a permanent memory!
Haitian Phodographer Denis Oswald in Haiti, Summer 2009
Denis was the translator for the Dog Meets World photo tour in Haiti in April 2009. Denis was so enthusiastic that he asked if he could continue the project by himself after we left. Denis has since traveled to remote areas outside of Port-au-Prince and taken over 100 pictures. For almost all recipients this was their first photograph and many dressed up to look their best!
It’s funny to note the touch of American influence in far flung areas of the world…. like the Harvard T-shirt this child was wearing. Dog Meet World wants everyone to influence others with personal affirmation through photography.
Michelle Obama said during the commencement address for George Washington University “know that when you serve others abroad, you’re serving our country, too. You’re showing the world the true face of America –- our generosity, our strength, the enduring power of our ideals, the infinite reservoir of our hope.”
Happy Birthday America.
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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