NEW Phodographer Connie Kantar in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2011
Connie and her husband just returned from a vacation to Vietnam and Cambodia. Connie wrote that “All recipients of a Dog Meets World photo were extremely excited and appreciative. Thank you very much for introducing me to this outstanding idea. From my experience, it was an excellent form of diplomacy.”
They also encountered a street musician in Hanoi seen above in the photo and she tells this story:
His name is Mr. Hai Tatri, a retired engineer and he plays the violin and the guitar. We had stopped to ask his friend, a calligrapher, if he would create a calligraphy for us. As we waited, Mr. Tatri struck up a tune, The Star Spangled Banner! Before we knew it, we were all singing along with him, he had a very good voice! as we belted out our national anthem in the capitol city of what was North Vietnam, a country with which we were at war so many years ago. He knew all the words (better than we did!)! It was quite a scene and event and he loved getting his photo on the spot with Foto!
NEW Phodographer Lee Rappaport in Ho Chi Minh City September 2010
Lee, volunteering with others for Humanitarian Travels said this was her first clowning adventure. ” I didn’t know what to expect when we visited various hospitals, orphanages and AIDS children. Yes, it was an eye opener but from the standpoint of how happy the children could be under these circumstances. We saw so many smiling, joyful faces.
The Dog Meets World was the icing on the cake! What a unique experience we were able to share with these children of Ho Chi Minh City. Thank you for introducing us to this special global diplomacy via a cuddly dog (Foto) & photos.”
NEW Phodographer Monica Keyes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Sept. 2010
Monica volunteering with Humanitarian Travels says “I work in the field of international education and this was my first DMW experience. One of my favorite “foto”graphs was this one of Phuong, who lived in the orphanage known as The Children of the Dragon. Phuong was the first child who greeted me upon arriving at the home – He stepped right in and began helping us carry and organize supplies we had brought and then he took on the role of being my right-hand-photo-printing man, directing the other children where to go and handing out their photos once they were printed. I left him with this picture of his own as well as my red clown nose to help continue to spread cheer among the other children. Though what he left me with – the inspiration from encountering such a strong, resilient boy who has nothing but a spirit of benevolence and leadership – was far more valuable.”
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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