Pictures Worth a Thousand Words
PhotoPals is a volunteer-driven initiative that empowers students with documentary photography skills, serves the goals of the partner organizations and schools with whom we work, and brings joy and perspective to communities around the world through the universal language of visual image.
Interested Volunteers and Educators are eligible to apply for Camera Grants to lead their own PhotoPals programs, whether abroad while working with an Omprakash Partner or within their home community.
Summer 2011: Costa Rica
Jonathan Katzenberg received a Camera Grant in 2011 and spent the summer volunteering for Abriendo Mentes, a community development program in Playa Portrero. He used his own skills behind the lens to take images of his students and to facilitate an after school photography program.
Summer 2011: India
Macy Galvan received a Camera Grant in 2011, which she utilized while working with Prakash Deep School outside New Delhi. Macy's creative curriculum utilized both photography and videography to improve her students' literacy and to provide her students with a creative outlet for self expression.
Spring 2011: Baltimore, Maryland
Kris Sieloff, a teacher at City Neighbors Charter High School, received a Camera Grant in 2011 to teach an after school photography elective. Her ninth grade photography students used the cameras to explore their identities within their home neighborhoods and communities.
Summer 2010: Ecuador
Jamilah Gregory received a Camera Grant in 2010. She and her husband David taught English and technical digital photography skills at Camp Hope in Quito, Ecuador. Jamilah and David encouraged their students to document the world from new and creative perspectives.
Spring 2010: Nepal and Maine
Rosalind Worcester received a Camera Grant in 2010 and worked with students at PA Nepal, a home for the children of incarcerated mothers. She and a friend taught parallel digital photography curricula in Nepal and Maine, respectively. These programs culminated with gallery shows featuring images from both photography classes displayed side by side.
Fall 2009: India and Maine
Sam Modest received a Camera Grant in 2009 and volunteered at the Rainbow Academy in West Bengal, India teaching English, Art, and Photography. His photography students documented their community, made Books About Me using their images, and exchanged these books and images with a photography club at a school in Topsham, Maine.