LTP at Sam’s House, Pokhara, Nepal

The children at Sam’s House in Pokhara, Nepal spent a few days in June 2011 learning about photography. Sam’s House is a home for abandoned and orphaned children. Our LTP activities involved all 26 of the children, including the toddlers and teenagers. The oldest children were designated as team leaders, and after learning to use the cameras themselves, they were responsible for teaching their younger brothers and sisters. The children made self-portraits, as well as a community portrait about life at Sam’s House.

To do this, they collaborated in making a picture alphabet that describes what is characteristic and special about their lives at the group home. After listing over one hundred words–like dust bin, girl, garden, learn, making tea, queue, questions, respectful, uniform and write–they made photographs representing their two favorites words for each letter. The children then printed their pictures and designed and displayed their finished work.

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