Granada, a quaint “extranjero” town full of culture and life has chosen to exhibit a photography exhibit, sponsored by LOVE, Lens of Vision and Expression. The children of La Chureca have endured a life of poverty, starvation, and disease, but LOVE has provided a small escape and skill for several of these kids. The program aims to aid marginalized children in breaking the cycle of poverty. (the photo to the left and the photo of the woman and child below were taken by children at the dump)
Eight children were chosen to participate in LOVE’s workshop, which allowed the children to use digital cameras to document their lives and the conditions that surround them. The photos exemplified the sensitive and dignified aspects of human life, even when existing in what may seem like unlivable conditions. “By allowing these children the freedom to use their creativity, it gives them a voice that otherwise goes unheard,” dictates Samantha, the founder of LOVE.
Our group was privileged to witness the opening of the exhibit. The mayor of Estali was present and gave a wonderful speech to the public, which included the photographers. The looks on the children’s faces as they eagerly pulled us in all directions to see their phenomenal photographs displayed around the room. I looked around at my friends and noticed several of us had goosebumps. It only takes a woman, a few cameras, and an open space….with a little hint of enthusiasm and dedication to empower children….from anywhere.
Visit LOVE to find out more and see some of the photographs the children captured. http://lensofvisionexpression.org