Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

More on Fotokids

Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

More on Fotokids

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Fotokids has worked to break the cycle of poverty through professional training in photography, graphic design, web design, video and writing for more than 23 years. From its original start in Guatemala City's garbage dump, the organization has expanded to provide educational scholarships for some 170 students, all of whom live in some of the most violent and harshest economic conditions throughout rural and urban communities in Guatemala and Flonduras.

FOTOKIDS PROGRAMS WORK BECAUSE:

* We work long-term with kids, teaching them vocational skills in graphic design and photography while at the same time giving them scholarships to enable them to attend traditional academic schools.

* We keep it small and start with young kids, 10 to 11 years old, who can stay in the Fotokids program from elementary school through university.

* It's an integrated program; we work with the families and the schools.

We know our kids, their families, their problems; we foster self-confidence and critical thinking, and give them an opportunity to be heard and to show off their artistic skills.

Along with special programs for at-risk secondary school-age girls, we provide vocational training for teens, and head start for grade school kids. …

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