In January 2019, Photo Start started a new partnership with a wonderful partner, St. Mary’s Education Center in Silanga, Kibera. The partnership started off strong from the very beginning with the full support of the Center’s co-founder, Mr. Stephen Nzusa. The students were not just curious about cameras but also eager to interact with them. They picked up fast and were soon amazing us all with all the wonderful photos they were taking, as well as the theory information that they were ingesting and retaining.
On 17th October, 2019, 10 months after they started taking photography classes, the students had their first mini exhibition. The exhibition was held right there at the Center, and it also coincided with the school’s Parents’ Day. This gave the parents an opportunity to not only interact with the Photo Start program firsthand but to also see the work their children have been doing in photography class. They were amazed, to say the least. The children’s work was on display for all to see. These images that the students have taken are terrific and provide a first hand look into the lives of precious children living in poverty, while demonstrating their ability to learn and create at a high level.
To top it all, a few students were selected and given cameras to take photos of the event as it unfolded. The parents got to see the students at work, handling cameras like the pros they are, and actually taking photos of them. If the displayed work was not enough, this demonstration of skills earned the photography program the parents' favor and full support. A few parents went a step further and bought the photos on display as a show of support.
The high point of the day was the awarding of the students their first Photo Start certifications. To celebrate this milestone, Photo Start in conjunction with the parents rewarded the kids with a field trip to Stedmak Gardens in Nairobi, Kenya, the following day.