Global Activism: Pictures help transform communities and connect kids around the globe

June 16, 2011

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(Courtesy of EPHAS)
Boys from a tent city on the outskirts of Port au Prince, Haiti work together during an EPHAS photography workshop.
(EPHAS/Khom Srey On)
Photo taken at Veterans International’s Rehabilitation Center, “Kien Khleang,” in Phnom Penh to represent the word "waste."
(EPHAS/Joseph Enoise)
Étang Saumâtre, the largest lake in Haiti, has been rising due to a blocked tributary, forcing locals to relocate.
(EPHAS/Alexis Ganesly)
The photographer’s sister (left), from a deaf community in Port au Prince, has learned to sign more quickly than to speak.
(EPHAS/Kahiliti Gekimana)
Franci Uwimpuhwe, a student at the Karambi Secondary School in Rwanda, looks at her peers, who were eager to learn photography.
(EPHAS/Jean Jeffte)
A workshop participant in a Hatian tent city captures the fun aspects of everyday life in Petionville, Port au Prince.
(EPHAS/Kong Sela)
Flowers help the photographer represent beauty in this image taken at Veterans International’s Prey Veng Center in Cambodia.

Each Thursday on Global Activism we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place.

Ryan Ansin is the founder of Every Person Has a Story (EPHAS). The organization runs photography clinics for people in developing countries so they can learn to document what is happening in their communities. Then EPHAS pairs them up with kids and schools around the United States who help support projects in those communities. It’s a unique way for American kids to learn about life in places like Rwanda or Haiti.

Ryan got the idea while he was working in film production, making videos for non-profit organizations. He was asked to make a video for a foundation in Cambodia that worked with victims of sex trafficking. But in the process he realized that he wasn’t the best person to make the video.

We talk with the founder, Ryan Ansin, about how his projects are transforming these communities.


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