The French Red Cross has appealed me to stimulate the creativity of several groups of children in Côte d'Ivoire as part of the psychosocial program. The working tool during these activities was fun photography and art in general as workshops and curriculum established by Art in All of Us in more than 2,200 schools in the world.
I was also responsible for the training of facilitators and staff of The French Red Cross so they can continue these activities after my departure.
Thus, several introductory workshops in photography and documentary photography were held in four centers defined by the Red Cross during 5 weeks : Abidjan(the capital) and all the West border cities with Lyberia in :Toulepleu, Tabou, and Guiglo.
Photography plays an important role in shaping our attitudes towards other people, cultures and places. They can be put to good use, even with very young children, to raise questions, challenge stereotypes, develop empathy and encourage respect for their own culture and that of others.
Photography is a great tool to encourage Art Therapy expression, as a means of expression accessible and friendly for all children. It also stimulates curiosity and opens the dialogue. It is therefore often used in workshop for children "at risk" as child soldiers, refugees, street children, ...
Along with the photography workshop, I photographed some of the psychosocial activities of the Red Cross in the West.My goal was to construct in depth portraits of the active members (Volonteers) of The Ivory Coast Red Cross and their psychosocial activities.