Phodographer Patrick Firouzian in Tibet, October 2010
The Dalai Lama spoke on the grounds of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 9th. The photo from Tibet by Patrick Firouzian is posted here in honor of the Dalia Lama’s “Talk on World Peace” which was free and opened to everyone. He indicated that he does not prepare remarks rather speaks as if talking individually to the thousands on the lawn. He spoke about compassion and inner peace. Dog Meets World believes that sharing personal photographs by practicing photo diplomacy with those in need is a small act of compassion. As Mother Teresa said “peace begins with a smile“.
Phodographer Patrick Firouzian in Shigatse, Tibet September 2010
Patrick packs Foto along when he does volunteer humanitarian work for Global Roots as another way to enhance interactions and connect cultures.
Patrick took a Dog Meets World photo of this little girl near Shigatse, Tibet. He poignantly described her like this “she was cute, but filthy dirty…. never was washed in her life probably… anyways she was lovely nonetheless, I gave her photos.” Aww so sweet Patrick.
Phodographer Patrick Firouzian in Lhasa, Tibet, October 2010
Patrick packed Foto on his second trip to add Dog Meets World to his Global Roots work. This time he took Foto along to Braille without Borders in Lhasa. Global Roots is helping a kindergarten project…In the school, the children discovered Foto the puppy, sensing all its shapes and textures. “Ki! Ki!” (means: dog) they screamed after just a few seconds! Patrick recommends every Lhasa visitor to go to the Braille without Borders school to say Hi to the children, bring some milk, teach them some new words, play with them. They really enjoy another window to the world.
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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