Chandigarh slum kids all set to click away

August 1st, 2008 - 11:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Aug 1 (IANS) Thirty children of a slum here were Friday given cameras by an Italian NGO worker to capture the sights of the city through their eyes. Maya Esposito, an Italian national and promoter of an NGO called The Children’s Suitcase Library, presented cameras to children of the Bapu Dham colony here. The organisation aims at promoting the reading habit among children of developing countries and provides free books to them.

“I want to see Chandigarh through the eyes of these children from the disadvantaged sections of the society. I have seen their previous academic reports and talked to them, all of them are very bright and have an urge to excel in life,” Maya told IANS.

“I have given the cameras to these children for seven days and every camera can click 29 photographs. Then we develop the photographs and exhibit the selected photographs in Italy and England. Money collected from the exhibition will be donated for the betterment of poor children of various developing countries,” Maya said.

The Italian was accompanied by her associate David Rose, who gives lectures on English speaking in Chandigarh schools.

“I have brought around 3,000 books with me and will distribute these among the poor students of various schools. I am looking forward to collaborate with some NGOs to promote this wave of reading in every nook and corner of the society,” said Rose.

The 30 children were chosen from members of Kitab Ghar, a children’s library being run by an NGO called Yuvsatta at Bapu Dham colony.

“We have selected the most sincere children who are very keen on reading books and learning new things. We have also taken an English language test and the top 30 have been selected for this exercise,” said Pramod Sharma, Yuvsatta coordinator.

This exercise will hone their photography skills and motivate them to come out with their visual ideas of Chandigarh by clicking photographs, Sharma added.

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