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A photo is a like a Valentine!

Feb 14, 2016   //   Guyana  //  Comments Off on A photo is a like a Valentine!

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Meet amazing Peace Corps volunteer and phoDOGrapher Dan Honegger, a community education promoter doing literacy and after school sports programs in Essequibo Coast, Guyana. Guyana is a small country in northeastern South America.

Dan previously worked as a freelance photographer and videographer. He really enjoyed having the opportunity to use his skills with Dog Meets World to give back to students something that some never even had the opportunity to have…a picture of them-self.

The students loved the whole experience. At every school there was buzz of excitement, as I got ready, pulling out my camera gear, the printer and the puppy. Where ever I went a crowd of interested students would follow. I made sure to ask the Head Master/ Mistress at each school which students they thought would not have a picture of them self at home and who would like a photo. We would round up a group of students and I would explain to them why I wanted to take a picture of them and introduce them to the puppy named Foto. The would pet it and snuggle with it making the whole process a little more relaxed and pretty soon all the students wanted to pet the dog. It was a huge help to have a Peace Corps volunteer at the first school who helped organize the students and kept the crowd at bay. Word spread fast and pretty soon everyone wanted his or her picture taken.

When it came time to print the pictures and even bigger crowd would circle the printer and give play by play commentary as the photo would appear with a yellow hue then quickly disappear back in the printer to pop out with a red hue, then a blue and finally the finished product. They would shout the student’s name out whose picture it was and then the student would bashfully come collect the photo. Every time, when the student would finally get to hold and look at the photo a spark of happiness would light up in their eyes and they would inevitably crack a smile. Even to this day I occasionally run into a student who had their photo taken and they always say they have photo on display at their home.

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Dan says the printer will be passed to a variety of volunteers all over the Guyana. He was grateful to our donors to be able to spread the joy of pictures. Thank you DAN!

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Foto’s Blog: The best guide ever in Zanzibar

Mar 9, 2013   //   Tanzania, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: The best guide ever in Zanzibar


Phodographer Simai Mkadam outside of Stonetown, Zanzibar with Mark Schwartz and Carolyn Lane

One of the easiest entree to a Dog Meets World experience is to email or ask at your hotel. Hotel staff are familiar with local guides and locales/schools/orphanages where kids are bereft of personal photos. The staff at Emerson Spice Hotel introduced us to Simai Mkadam. In his respectful manner he made arrangements for a visit to an orphanage outside the tourist-laden Stone Town. Prior to our arrival he sought interest and permission for us to come and photo the children. Simai is a remarkable young man as his KV Tours also runs KV Academy, an afterschool program to teach underprivileged kids computer skills and English. In Simai’s words he explained the technique to make them (the students) happy with their own photo. The children ranged from age 3 to 15. Teaching the little ones to sing and sign the Itzy Bitzy Spider was a joy. Please take note of the dearth of teaching materials in the classroom.


Our guide with KV Tours and a few of the adorable children from the orphanage.

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: Personal in Panama

Jun 30, 2011   //   Panama  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Personal in Panama



Phodographer Jim Bayer, along the Charges River, Panama 2010

As a pilot Jim has traveled much. He writes “My first experience as a Dog Meets World participant in Panama was beyond my expectation. Thinking you are just going to take some photographs of kids with a little stuffed dog, you suddenly find yourself in the midst of a close personal relationship that starts with with a normal measure of distance and hesitancy and ends with being surrounded by excited, happy faces as their own images emerge from the printer.

Do you want to improve someones self image? Give them their own (possibly first ever) copy of it. What a thrill watching the faces of children light up with pride and amazement as they received their own photograph. It was truly a fulfilling experience working with the tribal families in central Panama and giving them this gift. So, if you want to enhance your own self image, I suggest Dog Meets World for anyone during their next travel opportunity.

Foto’s Blog: Cuddly “Foto” in El Salvador

May 31, 2011   //   El Salvador, Foto's Blog  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Cuddly “Foto” in El Salvador


Phodographer Julia Haney in El Salvador, summer 2010

Now that summer has returned and travel plans are being finalized….add photo diplomacy to your visits to the world of need and connect with the exchange of a simple photograph! Phodographer Julia did just that with Connect-Kids to Kids when she practiced Dog Meets World last summer. Kids to Kids is a global youth-led program of World Connect committed to creating opportunities for kids everywhere to participate in arts, sports, education and environmental projects. They, like us believe that kids can, and DO, change 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