Kids with Cameras: The Key to Peace in Iraq?
EPIC (The Education for Peace in Iraq Center) has launched fundraising efforts for its most recent field project, PHOTOVOICE IRAQ: Picturing Change. The project, using the proven technique of photovoice will give twenty Iraqi youth the opportunity to document the changes they see in their communities through photos. By accompanying these photos with short narratives, Picturing Change has the potential to inspire its participants to be a force of positive change in Iraq.
Having started off as a community-needs assessment tool, photovoice has become a means of empowerment. Seeing success in countries across the world including Brazil, Sierra Leone and even the United States, photovoice challenges demographics that are often overlooked to recognize the power of their own voices through photography. As the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words. Photovoice inspires individuals to make those thousand words heard.
60% of Iraq’s population is under the age of 25. In our lifetime, this generation will change the course of history in Iraq. As a 501(c)3 organization, EPIC has a proven track record of working with this young demographic and has thus been inspired to bring photovoice to Iraq.
You can make Picturing Change a reality by helping fund the project. Please visit the Indiegogo page: www.indiegogo.com/picturingchange. If you’d like to learn more about EPIC and its efforts to develop safe space for young Iraqis to learn, grow, and be empowered to promote peace and positive social change, please visit our website: www.epic-usa.org.