WASHINGTON (Feb. 14, 2012)—A group of Haitian youths will have the opportunity to document life in their country two years after the 2010 earthquake during National Geographic Photo Camp Haiti, from Thursday, Feb. 16, to Monday, Feb. 20. The camp is being presented in cooperation with Mercy Corps, and the group will be mentored by National Geographic contributing photographer Lynn Johnson.
The 17 students will take part in workshops where they will learn about self-expression through photography. The youth are participants in Mercy Corps’ 18-month Art Therapy project, which has supported photography, storytelling and psychosocial rehabilitation among more than 2,000 earthquake-affected children in Haiti. For part of the Photo Camp, the youth will work with National Geographic Emerging Explorer Sasha Kramer, who has spent much of the past decade working to improve public health and sanitation in Haiti.
During the Photo Camp, the students will learn about photographic vision, equipment and technique. The assignments and activities will focus on the culture and environment of Haiti and the use of photography to document the students’ lives two years after the devastating earthquake. National Geographic Photo Camp and Mercy Corps staff will guide the youth through the process of creating a story of their experiences for a final multimedia slideshow.
“We hope Photo Camp Haiti will provide these young people with a unique creative outlet to share their stories,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president, Mission Programs. “This is in line with National Geographic’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet. We’ve found that Photo Camp activities can give new voice to youth and hopefully inspire them, and it’s always a pleasure to see the fruits of their endeavors.”
There will be a small exhibition at Mercy Corps’ office in Port au Prince on Feb. 20, where family members and art therapy mentors can share in the work and accomplishments of the participants. Participants will each select two photos for the exhibition: one photo of something they want to change in Haiti and one photo of something they want to celebrate in Haiti.
Olympus Imaging America Inc. has provided cameras for the Photo Camp. National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,000 young people in more than 50 locations since 2003. Additional 2012 Photo Camps include programs in Doha; Qatar; and Nassau, Bahamas. Visit nationalgeographic.com for more information.
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About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps helps people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team in 41 countries is improving the lives of 19 million people. For more information, seemercycorps.org.
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