Sumba Photo Stories
As Kawan Baik aims to contribute to the development in disadvantaged areas, we need to map out the most pressing issues in every area where we work.
Nevertheless, it is sometimes a difficult process to define what the real problems are, to decide what should be prioritized, and to find the most effective method to solve the problems.
Therefore, we initiate a photography project, through which we attempt to do the process in a creative way by engaging local children and understanding the problems through their perspective.
Sumba Photo Project will be one of our brainchilds. In this project, we will teach local children about photography,
including how to use a camera, take photos with good angle and composition, and subsequently making good stories out of their photos.
We will lend them cameras and let them take pictures of anything in their surroundings as we continue to hone their photography skills through a series of training. The photos are expected to capture real problems in their environment, which are interpreted through the children’s genuine point of view.
The project will be conducted in three phases: training/workshop, exposition, as well as evaluation and action plans.
First phase ofSumba Photo Stories The process of introducing the camera, taking pictures and learning to tell storiesCamera Introduction and Courage to TryHow to hold the camera, and put a strap around the neck is the first thing we tell the children, and we often...
In the Sumba Photo Stories training process, storytelling is one of the abilities that is trained for each student, because each student must be able to tell the photo that he captured.
Lapinu Without PhotosWhen we meet the children in Lapinu's distant class, we ask about the photos they have at home, and it turns out that no one raises their hands that they have photos at home.Currently they are taking part in the #SumbaPhotoStories first phase...
Training & Workshop
The first phase of the project is to organize training with three groups of ten children from Sumba and to teach them how to use a camera. The children will take the camera with them and capture the moments of their life, places they go to, their home, their loved ones, the food they eat, and everything around them.
Children will have the opportunity to explore their village, to express themselves, to discover and analyze things around them with a new perspective.
In this phase, the children should be encouraged to make a story from the pictures they have taken and present it in front of others. This phase will teach them how to be confident by creating a narration about anything in their environment that they have captured on camera, and being courageous enough to speak up about it.
There are many benefits of conducting this project: First, by participating in this project, they will be encouraged to do something new, which changes their day- to-day habits. They will learn and develop new skills. From an educational point, this is a real chance for them to progress.
Secondly, some of them might develop or demonstrate a real interest in art and photography, and they may want to continue learning after the project. This is a good thing that we will further take into consideration. Education is of course the most important, but art is also a very good way to learn and to develop other parts of the brain.
Evaluation & Action Plan
The third phase of this photo project is to evaluate and making plans of action to carry out the programs of Kawan Baik, based on the lessons learned during the project.
For Kawan Baik, this photo project is the opportunity to understand the difficulties from the point of view of the children. By evaluating the works of the children, as well as the results of the training and the exposition, we can outline the most important and urgent things to work on. In that sense, it becomes possible to put priorities on the projects that we want to develop in the future..
Population & Beneficiaries
Kahaungu Eti District has a total population of 8,909* people, consisting of 4,522 men and 4,387 women, with an area of 475.1 hectares. The population density is
In this photography project, Kawan Baik is targeting to invite 30 children from two or three villages in Kahaungu Eti District. They will take part in the training and exposition. In addition to the participants, there are also other direct beneficiaries of this project, including local guide, local trainer, the teachers, local children from
the villages who also interested to learn about photography, and also local population being involved in our programs.
Other beneficiaries in this project include the locals who will get new information about social, cultural, education and health in Sumba especially in Kahaungu Eti village through social media and websites of Kawan Baik Indonesia Foundation and the Fair Future Foundation, as well as other supporting partners (500 people).
In addition, this project will also benefit the population who get new information about social, cultural, education and health in Sumba, especially in the village of Kahaungu Eti (300 people), through a series of photo exhibitions.
This will be the first step for us to be able to engage more people in helping two main programs of Kawan Baik Indonesia Foundation, consisting of Kawan Pintar (Smart Friends) and Kawan Sehat (Health Friends) in East Sumba.
Through our main target of 30 children joining the photography training, we aim to bring
great impact to formal schools, as well as residential and public environment.
They are free to take pictures from their surroundings with our technical guidance and concept.
Our team will then curate their artwork, in order to make the photos feasible as a medium to share knowledge about the importance of nutrition, hygiene, health and education to the wider community.
*(Source of the Central Statistics Agency: East
Sumba in Figures 2018)
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