My friends at the Tumaini Children's
Drop-In Centre, a project seeking to empower and improve the
lives of street children in Eldoret, Kenya, held a very special
photography exhibit today.
Volunteers with the Centre have been working on a photography
project where the street children were given disposable cameras and
encouraged to capture images from their lives on the streets.
Eldoret is the home to about 3,000 street children, who roam the
streets, trying to survive as best they can. The children's photos
were developed, and the project leader spent hours talking with the
children about what the photos meant and what they represented
about life on the street. They focused on what the children would
want other people to know about their life on the streets and about
who they are. Today, the photos, along with the street children's
explanations of what they captured, were on display and for sale
through a silent auction at the Tumaini Children's Drop-In
The kids were incredibly proud of their beautiful photos, which
were enlarged, framed, and displayed around the Centre.
The images and the stories captured in heart-breaking detail
what it means to live on the streets in a sub-Saharan city.
The trash. The constant focus on getting enough food. The insults
and isolation. The pain. How they stick together to stay alive. How
children scrape together whatever they can to find a bit of
enjoyment in the midst of the trash and troubles.
I was a big bidder at the auction…