Five students at Tamesna School were chosen to lead groups to take a series of photos of their lives. Cooper brought cameras that were issued to them for a day. Halela, Almoustapha, Ahmed, Aghali and Ibrahim took their cameras and were off for the day.
When we arrived for the projection party, the students were singing and dancing the traditional Tuareg Tende. The girls sang a call and response, telling stories important in their lives. They sang about the new school and how some people had not wanted it to be built or the clinic opened, but the girls sang, “go ahead and object until you get tired… we students have all the school materials, are well fed, have medicines that we need and we are happy.”
Fascinated with their own photos, the kids and their parents ask for a repeat.
Thanks to Cooper for devising this great program for the kids at Tamesna–how many nomad kids have ever had an opportunity like this.