2012 Workshop: Day 15

June 28th, 2012

“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.”
—Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel

I told this quote to the boys this afternoon, before going over their stories from yesterday. It speaks so much about my personal philosophy about storytelling and the importance of sharing our stories with the world. I am in Iraq working for this amazing organization because of a story that I was told by a professor of mine last year. Storytelling is the most efficient way of educating, nurturing, and bringing people of all different cultures together.

For their very last assignment, the boys were given one hour to tell a story in five images. It was remarkable the stories that the boys shared with all of us. I am moved by the power of their imaginations to create beautiful tales. Some told the true stories of their friends who worked at the bazaar; while others created fictional narratives with their classmates.

Karwan told this story about his friend who works at the bazaar and becomes very tired during the day. It is hard for him to rest with all of the distractions outside. One day, Karwan told his friend about the STEP program, an NGO that provides a resting area for children who work at the bazaar. Karwan’s friend is finally able to rest.

2 comments on “2012 Workshop: Day 15

  1. Melanie Calow says:

    Having been praying for STEP project for many years, it’s great to see faces of those who benefit, and how they share the good news with each other! (and how ONE SHOT is helping them share it visually with the world!!) thanks to all involved, PTL!

  2. Erin Wilson says:

    Hi Melanie- So lovely to hear from you! I can tell you that none of the time you’ve invested in STEP has been wasted! We’ve had a great time working with them, and look forward to a long partnership. I am most familiar with their work at the center in the bazaar, and can tell you first-hand that they’re doing great work there, and having an impact on the kids!

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