Today's show features guests Joanne McKinney and Mussa Uwitonze, who are part of the diverse team at Through the Eyes of Children, a nonprofit organization that teaches photography to vulnerable children and empowers them to share their kind voice throughout the world. Founded in 2000, the project began with children as young as 8 years old who were orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi. Many of these children had never seen or held a camera before. Annual workshops were conducted over 11 yers with the same group of 19 children -- the original "camera kids" -- and resulted in exhibitions of their photographs throughout the world. Funds raised through the children’s photography helped to pay their school fees and proved to them that people valued their perspective and wanted to see Rwanda through their eyes.
Today, these children, now adults, are extending the project’s mission by teaching photography to other vulnerable children around the world.
Mussa Uwitonze is one of the original "camera kids." You can view his photography and read more about his story here.
Joanne McKinney has been project director for TTEC since 2003. She is also CEO of Burns Group, a NYC-based advertising agency.
Want to get involved? Visit the TTEC Kickstarter campaign.
Hosted by Jessica Grinspan. To add your kind voice to the converstion, call (929) 477-1087.