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Foto is Diplomat at Soccer Match in India

Oct 29, 2017   //   Foto, India  //  Comments Off on Foto is Diplomat at Soccer Match in India


Longtime phoDOGrapher from India, Chinmoy Majumdar is always looking for clever ways to promote diplomacy with DogMeetsWorld! Recently he shared this story:

Even though security was extremely tight, I decided to bring Foto (the little dog mascot) with me to watch the FIFA World Cup Match (Chile Vs. England) at Vivekananda Uvabharati Stadium in Salt Lake, Kolkata. FIFA U-17 World Cup was taking place and being broadcasted around the world. No one was allowed to take anything except mobile phone and wallet. But FIFA security personal allowed me to take mascot dog with me after my explanations on diplomacy. At the stadium entrance gate one of our national TV channels NDTV, had a reporter who saw Foto was interested to do a spot interview to learn why I had this stuffed dog with me. I described the significance of our photo diplomacy and described Foto as the mascot of Dog Meets World. It was a wonderful experience explaining how Foto is a mascot of good luck, love and friendship just before the soccer match started. Inside the stadium fans surrounded me and were asking me about Foto and excited after knowing the significance of the project.

Thank you Chinmoy for always introducing Foto and Dog Meets World to others and sharing your enthusiasm for connecting people through peace and love.20171008_182245-1
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Foto’s Blog: Exposure for DMW at the Calcutta Marathon!

Feb 17, 2013   //   India  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Exposure for DMW at the Calcutta Marathon!

Phodographer Chinmoy Majumdar in Calcutta, India, 2013

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.

Popular Bengali film star Jisshu Sengupta, seen above, posed with Foto!

What a great day for Foto to join the event to help give underprivileged girls a fair chance to pursue their dreams!

Foto’s Blog: Please help an orphan boy, who loves his photo!

Apr 29, 2011   //   Foto's Blog, India  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Please help an orphan boy, who loves his photo!

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.

Foto’s Blog: Intrigued in India!

Feb 7, 2011   //   Foto's Blog, India  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Intrigued in India!

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.”

Foto’s Blog: Kid-to-kid diplomacy in India

Jan 31, 2011   //   Foto's Blog, India  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Kid-to-kid diplomacy in India

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.


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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