Veteran phoDOGrapher Chinmoy Majumdar, seen above, participated in Calcutta marathon and in his eloquent words:
I brought along the mascot of Dog Meets World to share the idea of photo diplomacy and how it helps our underprivileged children by giving their childhood memories back. The concept of photo diplomacy attracted our city communities much as it is a concept which involves human sentiment. It was memorable and wonderful morning as I had taken 10 kilometer dream run and expressed a photo diplomacy speech to various participants. I was able to help my city communities understand about the need of diplomacy in this way. A well known Indian actor, Jisshu Sengupta, participated and helped me to promote the concept of diplomacy. I was able to let our city communities understand the cause we are fighting for and people were having very positive attitude towards Dog Meets World as a vehicle to share human sentiment and exchange love and affirmation.
Phodographer Coleen McIntyre Chennai, India, December 2010
Coleen teaches school in India. Each Wednesday she and other teachers go to a local orphanage, HOUSE OF HOPE and do art projects with the kids. Coleen said: one week we did the Dog Meets World project. A boy named Wung was the first kid to have his picture taken, but because of how the pictures print out he was the last one to get his picture printed. He was so mesmerized by the printing process and the different colors that showed up each time the pictures went through the printer. He waited so patiently for his picture to be printed, it was probably the calmest I have ever seen Wung, who is so full of energy normally! Well once his printed and he finished his photo frame the print cartridge had been used up so I pulled it out to show him and he just went wild playing and dancing around with the colorful cartridge. He just loved it and had a ball twirling and dancing around with the cartridge tape.
ATTENTION: Coleen reports that Wung, a 9 year old, energetic, mischievous, fun-loving, big smiling and bright-eyed boy is in the hospital. He had an accident last weekend and required brain surgery to remove a blood clot. This is no minor issue. He was in a government hospital where little attention, medical communication or care was provided due to limited resources, ratio of staff to patients and money. Once he was physically able, he was transported to a private hospital. He has another week or so before he will be released, but the costs are astronomical and the teachers are each trying to raise funds. PLEASE READ MORE ON COLEEN’S BLOG AND CONSIDERING DONATING TO HELP.
Phodographer Rhia Bikshi in Chandigarh, India, January 2011
Rhia, a student at American University in Washington, DC, took the pictures while home over the winter break and noted:
“The children belong to underprivileged families living in and around the neighborhood. My aunt organizes classes every evening, mainly English, which the kids really seemed to enjoy. There were nine children and they were all in the age group of 5 – 9 years. They were incredibly excited about Dog Meets World and especially liked Foto the dog. One of the older kids was so intrigued that he wanted to learn how to use the camera. He was thrilled when he managed to take a photo of the group (the one with me in it). All in all, it was a wonderful experience, both for the kids and me.”
Phodographer Coleen McIntyre in Chennai, India, December 2010
Coleen teaches at the American International School in Chennai, India. She writes about an activity for 3 classes that choose to raise money to buy abacus for students at the Seva Samajama Children’s Home. Unfortunately for a class of 50 plus there were only 4 abacus for them to share. Instead of just asking her students to get donations from their parents she gave them a week to earn money. They were to talk to their parents about jobs they could do around the home to earn money and decide together how much money the job was worth. One little girl who was so excited about it, she raised 2,500 rupees (about $50). Another student baked cupcakes and was selling them after school for 20 rupees each (about 50 cents). They really enjoyed being able to give. Coleen’s class alone raised 6,500 rupees (about $150)! Between the 3 classes they were able to supply the school with about 40 abacus, a box full of books (simple English, Tamil, and English/Tamil), and a variety of games and puzzels.
Coleen said “We took their students on a trip to deliver the packages personally. We spent about 2 1/2 hours at the school. All the children played games, puzzels, made frames to put their pictures in. They all seemed so happy. While they were doing their other activities I had the children from the Home have their Dog Meets World portrait taken. The one little girl who I’m giving the picture to was the sweetest little thing. Each time a picture would print one of the other teachers would go to deliver it and each time she would perk up hoping it was her picture. She waited so patiently so I made sure when hers was printed to call her over to see. She was so happy to receive her picture!
I had my students write about their experience and many of them expressed how they enjoyed giving the other children a picture and want to go back again. One little boy told me he wanted to take his mother and father so that they could meet the children too… so sweet.”
NEW Phodographer Coleen McIntyre in Chennai, India, Oct. 2010
American Coleen McInyre (seen upper left) teaches 3rd grade at the American International School in Chennai, India. She and fellow teachers volunteer at the small House of Hope orphanage every Wednesday. Many children are tsunami orphans, and all have been rescued from desperate circumstances. Their lives have been transformed and they have been given a real hope for the future. They are fed, cared for and educated.
Coleen took brightly colored papers, markers, and glitter so they could create frames for their new Dog Meets World pictures. Coleen said, “The kids, ages 6-18, all loved the project. As the first picture printed I said “Yellow, Red, Blue… Magic!” to explain that it needed to go through the printer a few times. One of the youngest boy, Wung, who seemed to be the most fascinated by the printer sat so patiently waiting for his picture to be printed. I think for about 10 or so prints he sat there and watched saying “Yellow, Red, Blue…. Magic!”… sooo cute! The cook at the house and Nisha the woman who runs the place also joined in. They were so very excited. I think the cook was the most excited. It was a wonderful evening full of smiles and fun!” Read more on Coleen’s blog.
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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