The ONE-SHOT Project is creating new visual communicators who will be able to present their own culture, show the challenges of their society, create awareness of their situation through multimedia, and advocate for peace.
The ONE-SHOT Project works through a series of “ONE-SHOT Workshops”, supporting organizations, groups, and schools that are already working with children in need. ONE-SHOT identifies talented children, and provides them with education and vocational opportunities, through the teaching of photographic, documentary, and story-telling skills. These skills can provide students with a profession they can use for their whole lives.
In 2012 we will be running four workshops in Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq. These include workshops for a group at the local girl’s orphanage, a group at the local boy’s orphanage, a group of street kids at the city’s bazaar, and a group of refugee children.
Our current gear needs are:
-20 point and shoot cameras
-15 DSLR camera bodies with lenses
If you’ve upgraded your gear, please consider putting your older camera into the hands of Iraqi children, so they too will gain the experience of “making a difference.” When these young people receive your camera and/or lens, they will know that someone beyond their borders cares enough to give them something special. They’ll be able to experience firsthand somebody believing in them. That is powerful.
The ONE-SHOT Project operates under the umbrella of Millennium Relief and Development, (MRDS). Please stop by The ONE-SHOT Project website if you’re interested in learning more about providing student scholarships or volunteering as a guest instructor.
The ONE-SHOT Project founder and humanitarian photographer Heber Vega(@hebervega), already does amazing work with his MRDS staff that live on site in Iraq. Now, with the help of IGVP Cameras 4 Kids and your donated camera, we can empower Iraqi children!