This past Christmas our family went down to spend time with Maritza’s family in Loreto, Mexico. We had a very good time while we were there, especially the day that we brought presents to the Children of Bosco.
We had shared that we were going to use the profits made from our photography business for charity causes and we decided that we would use them for 2013 to bring presents to some financially disadvantaged children. At first we were going to use the money to fund higher education for selected students in Mexico but that turned out to be difficult to get started. In many places in the U.S. there are charity’s that run programs where people can adopt a family and buy them gifts, but there isn’t anything like that in the town of Loreto where Maritza’s family lives. We had done this in 2012 as well but we were not able to make it down there to actually see the children receive their gifts from all of their donors. It was a priceless experience to be able to take part in this event and hopefully we will be able to do it again. Without further ado I will share a couple of the event pictures and give a little more information about these children.
The Children of Bosco live in the slums of Loreto. Many of their parents work in agriculture and earn a living of about $6.00 U.S. dollars a day, which is barely enough to feed their families day by day. This project was initiated by Maritza’s cousin Blanca and her family who live in Loreto. They saw the crude reality that during Christmas time these children do not have the opportunity to celebrate like most of us do. On the contrary, it is a very depressing time for most of them. Thanks to the help of many donors who adopted children, Christmas was made possible for over a hundred of these children.
It was hard to capture the emotion of the children with the camera after they received gifts because they were pretty scared to get their pictures taken, but it was amazing to see the joy they had in getting even the simplest gifts for the holidays. Below are a few of our favorite pictures from the night. You can see a handful more if you go to the Bosco Kids link under the charity tab or by clicking here: Bosco Kids Pictures.
We want to say thanks again to everyone who donated gifts for all these children and also to everyone who used our photography services in 2013 to help us pay for presents for multiple children. We will probably make this a yearly tradition, so we hope that you use us for our photography services for 2014 to make Christmas even better for them next year!
If you are interested in donating presents to the children of Bosco for the 2014 Christmas, please visit http://childrenofbosco.wordpress.com/ to stay up to date later this year and see all the kids that would really enjoy another great Christmas.
Living in a household with two photographers, Lucia our 19 month old daughter, has really become comfortable with having cameras around. Unfortunately we have not given her the opportunity to play with ours. The thought of our toddler breaking our equipment was scary. Still, we had the feeling we were depriving her of something by not allowing her to see first hand what we do. Interestingly enough I came across an article on education.com about the importance of art for children of a young age. This article talked about how children in the modern world are seen as though they do not know anything, and any attempt at art is seen as insignificant or not good enough.
Children on the other hand have not been trained to be self-critical and perfect, and when this genuineness is portrayed in any form of art it should not be ignored. When a child is taught to be creative they enjoy to learn because they are allowed to express what they see and feel. They are allowed to be spontaneous and without inhibitions. Art allows a child complete freedom of speech in a world that teaches them the “right” way to think on a daily basis. This article made me realize that teaching my daughter the art of photography would help her in the future with her education, her relationship with teacher’s, and even the way she views herself.
So with that in mind we decided to give it a try and give our daughter an old film camera that we had in storage. We loaded the camera with film and showed her, or at least tried to show her how to take a picture. It was very clear that with her being a toddler we were going to be lucky if she even held the camera upright. We were very patient and after about an hour we got her to open her eyes while looking through the viewfinder. Once she realized she could see the world through the little hole she was filled with excitement! That day she only took about two pictures, but as parents seeing our daughter interested in something we love so much was amazing.
We want to show our daughter how to express herself through art. If her art of choice is photography then we plan to encourage her to play, and be spontaneous. We will eventually develop what she shoots, and you never know, she might have a special way of capturing the world with her camera.
Here are some of the pictures Maritza took of her that day.
Lucia, the youngest photographer in Colorado…at least that we know of.