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in loving memory of
Oliver Yu-An Nam
Feb 1 - May 20 2014


a personal project

in the fall of 2011, I started a small workgroup with ten fourth graders from Sean and Will's school to help them engage with the world in new ways and realize that they can make a difference. the kids grew passionately concerned about the global water crisis and soon partnered with Sarswati Peace School in Arupokhari, Nepal, selling handmade greeting cards, organizing a tombola and giving up birthday gifts to raise funds and help provide the students and local community with safe drinking water.

a few weeks later, I developed an idea for a photo collaboration with the students from Sarswati Peace School where children in France and Nepal would capture and share images from their daily lives following six simple prompts: what I eat, animals, my school, where I sleep, where I shop and where I live. 

at first, it seemed fairly easy. but it turned out to be much harder than I had expected. and I spent many days sitting on my living-room floor sorting through hundreds of photos wishing I had done things differently. but then I would look at the kids and remember their boundless enthusiasm as they all leaped at the chance to do something for others. and that helped me keep going. the project was sponsored by French non-profit organization Secours Populaire Français and eventually raised more than $6.500, bringing clean water to the 200 students of Sarswati Peace School and to the local community of 300+ people.

the photos were recently on exhibit at École Élémentaire Paris in Boulogne, France.

you can see them here.

Reader Comments (8)

Such a wonderful project Irene! Congratulations to you and the kids, teaching compassion and generosity is a wonderful thing.
Aug 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim
Those are incredible! I love the juxtapositions you put together, and it's such an inspiring thing to see kids pulling together to change the world.
Aug 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBethany Bassett
What an amazing idea & project. This is a beautifully informative and interesting collaboration that you've done. Wow!
Aug 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralexandria
Kim: thank you! the kids were so proud and I am so proud of them for their hard work.

Bethany: thank you, it was indeed inspiring and motivating to see kids rally around this project. I'm really happy you like it.

Alexandria: thank you!
Aug 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrene
Gorgeous! So proud of you, my friend. xo
Aug 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterninotchka
thanks Nino!!! xo
Aug 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrene
The results are so powerful. Such a unique view on their lives. Well done.
Aug 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterheather
Heather: thank you :)
Aug 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

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