Ann Arbor, MI (Vocus) February 26, 2009
Ambassadors for Children (AFC) has marked another milestone in supporting children through an initiative, called the AFC Picture Me Project, based in Ann Arbor. AFC is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children through short-term humanitarian trips, and the AFC Picture Me Project has become an important element of each volunteer project around the world.
The AFC Picture Me Project is a program where trip volunteers take digital portraits of the children, print them using portable printers, and present the photos to them as gifts.
The program was conceived by Melinda Bostwick, one of the volunteers who piloted the photography program during an AFC humanitarian trip to Kenya. After seeing the positive impact on the children, AFC launched the Picture Me Project in September 2008.
"I realized this was a significant gesture. On prior trips, I would bring out my camera and be surrounded by kids who wanted their picture taken. Taking a photo connects you with a person, even when you are strangers. Often our photo would be the only one they've ever had taken. This simple keepsake builds their self-esteem and gives them a cherished thought for the rest of their lives," said Bostwick, who has photographed children around the world through her charitable activities.
The latest AFC Picture Me Project took place in conjunction with the group's most recent humanitarian trip to a village in Cambodia, where children and their families live around one of the country's most toxic landfills. In addition to supporting the village's community center, AFC provided new clothing and school photographs of 70 preschoolers in their new outfits.
"These children live on and around trash. They have to clean themselves several times a day. They do attend school, and we support their education through our humanitarian trips. We were also happy to provide them with photos that they'll have the rest of their lives," said Dr. Sally Brown, president of Ambassadors for Children.
AFC organizes 40 to 50 volunteer humanitarian trips a year to work and provides enrichment activities for schools, orphanages and community centers. The AFC Picture Me Project has become an add-on to these trips. So far, the photography has taken place in Afghanistan, India, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Costa Rica, Serbia, Jordan, Malawi, Jamaica, Colombia and Cambodia.
AFC invites volunteers and photographers to learn more about their mission and consider joining one of AFC's humanitarian trips. For more information visit, http://www.ambassadorsforchildren.org and link to the Ann Arbor Chapter.
About Ambassadors for Children
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ambassadors for Children (AFC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving children around the world through short-term humanitarian service trips and sustainable programs. Ambassadors for Children supports children in approximately 20 locations around the world by identifying and supporting sustainable programs, such as developing small businesses, supporting orphanages, supplying medical supplies, providing books and financial support for libraries. AFC trips provide hands-on interaction with disadvantaged children, balanced by opportunities for sightseeing and immersion in the native culture of the community served. For more information, visit http://www.ambassadorsforchildren.org.
On behalf of Picture Me Project
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