On my business trip to Subic Bay, I took the opportunity to implement my charity work Kids on Project Photography to one of the orphanages in the area. Before I came in, I googled some of the orphanages that are available to welcome my project. Fortunately, I found Subic Bay Children’s Home located in New Cabalan, Olongapo City.
Kids’ Project Photography is an educational project that aims to teach the art of photography to the underprivileged children. It is a vehicle or medium to teach them the rich cultural heritage of Filipinos. It also has the purpose of developing the self esteem and confidence of the children to deal with everyday life situations.
When I came to the center, I met the children waiting for me. They were on their Sunday dresses. I asked them where canI find Bro. Odek Valvuena, whom I contacted before coming over, they told me he was not in because he was sick. Instead they accompanied me to see Nanay Ligaya at the canteen and I was able to talk to her. She asked all the students to come in and listen to my lecture. I did a short lecture about photography. Later Brother Teddy Fulfer, director and founder of the shelter came in and we had a short talk about the project.
During the lecture I discussed what is photography and a camera. Identified to them the various parts of it. Then I followed a workshop outside. The children were so curious and eager to use the camera.
They took turns in using a compact camera and my DSLR. Gave them some tips on how to shoot interesting subjects. I am so happy that they all enjoyed the workshop.
They all enjoyed the lecture and workshop. Bro. Fulfer appreciated the project. Hope I can come back for another session with the kids for the project photography.