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‘Big Brother’ Program Exposes Orphans to the Joy of Photography in Malaysia

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If you’re ever in Malaysia and notice a large group of children walking around with fancy DSLR cameras, you might be looking at a special new ‘Big Brother/Big Sister’ program called The World Through Our Eyes. The program is designed to bring joy and healthy relationships to the lives of orphans and underprivileged children by opening their eyes to the joys of photography.

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Photographer and tam member Cheng Huat tells us that they recently gathered a group of around 80 children to go on a photography excursion.

The children are give the opportunity to learn photography using a DSLR, and each child is given one-on-one mentoring by at least one photographer.

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These photo outings are geared to give the kids a new creative approach to life, and help instill positive reinforcements, encouragement, and support (as most big bro/big sis programs are designed to do).

The outings so far have been to the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. After some instructional time with photographers who lectured on things like wildlife and portrait photography, the participants went on a guided nature walk, during which they had the opportunity to learn and practice the basis of photography.

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You can find “best of” selections of photos made by the kids here and here. Here’s a small selection:

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The organization is currently trying to drum up support so that it can regularly offer this program. You can learn more about it through its Facebook page here.

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  • John Kantor

    This is the answer to all the problems of the developing world – they can all become photographers! Just like the ads on PetaPixel say, they can make beau coup money shooting weddings, fashion, food, glamour, and fine art. Ashton Kutcher is proof!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=177801859 Kurt B

    Ashton Kutcher made tons of money through photography before he became a famous actor? I didn’t know that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004451462773 Amar Singh

    Unimaginable work towards Humanity,,want to be part of it like a student.. keep it up..
    how to become part of its family ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carin.basson Carin Basson

    Amazing how creative outlets can be used in therapy – music, dancing, sketching, photography. And what a beautiful environment for them to play with cameras in.

  • http://twitter.com/dansdata Daniel Rutter

    People tend to say, of things like this, “and then the wonderful Make-A-Wish stuff is over and the fancy gear they could never possibly afford is taken away and back to the salt mine they go”, et cetera.

    It occurs to me, though, that old low-end digital cameras are getting close enough to worthless now that you actually could buy them in basketloads and hand the damn things out to poor kids who show promise, and who live in a sufficiently functional community that some dude with a machete won’t just take the camera away again.

    They’re not going to be getting any kind of DSLR, of course, but you can take fantastic pictures with a 2-megapixel Kodak Easyshare, and those are close to free on eBay these days. Run off AA batteries, too (two AA NiCds and a slow solar charger: $4?), and you can fit a lot of images on a similarly close-to-free ancient memory card.

  • lidocaineus

    Please tell me you’re not ignorant enough to think this is to get kids interested in something so they can make money.

  • Tim

    “and who live in a sufficiently functional community that some dude with a machete won’t just take the camera away again.”

    It’s Malaysia, not the democratic Republic of Congo. Are you American by any chance?