If you see a group of curious children and youths photographing all over Siem Reap from today, do wave to say hello to our Anjali Photo Workshop participants! During the 10-day workshop, which officially starts today, children from Anjali House are taught to use photography as a form of creative expression, with fun excursions in and around Siem Reap (big thanks to AboutAsia for kindly loaning us coasters for the kids!). Anjali House is an NGO supporting under-privileged children through education, healthcare and the arts.
The workshops help the children gain confidence, be aware of their surroundings and understand their own lives through photography – Paolo Patrizi
Our volunteer tutors will work with over 40 children on how to operate compact digital cameras (kindly sponsored by i-Qlick Canon) and use photography to tell stories or express themselves.
“The workshops help the children gain confidence, be aware of their surroundings and understand their own lives through photography,” says photographer and workshop coordinator Paolo Patrizi.
This is Paolo’s sixth year with the workshop and he remains as enthusiastic about teaching the kids. “I get a lot of pleasure out of looking at their photos. You get a lot of surprises and insights into real-life Cambodia. Being young and without preconceptions, they are very natural in their approach, which can be a great reminder for adults.”
The workshop will culminate in the much anticipated Children’s Day on December 10th, where the kids join with festival attendees in a special day dedicated to the young and young-at heart. This year, it’ll be extra special as we are going to the circus!
Get Your Raffle Tickets!
With over 30 prizes to be won, get your hands on your share of Anjali House’s Fundraising Raffle Draw tickets! Proceeds from the sale will go towards supporting the NGO’s programmes. Among the great prizes to be won are hotel stays, restaurant meals, yoga passes and shopping vouchers!
Buy the tickets in advance from Ivy’s Guesthouse, X Bar, Picasso or at the Festival and Workshop Centres. Raffle tickets start from just $1, and the raffle will be drawn on Children’s Day.
Watch the Circus
Join us and the kids of Anjali House at Phare, the spectacular Cambodian circus that is also transforming young lives. This unique event combines theatre, music, dance and circus art to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. Buy your circus tickets online http://pharecircus.org or at the venue. (We recommend buying in advance, as their shows sell-out quick!)