In spring of 2018, I travelled to Colombia as a filmmaker and team member for 100cameras, a nonprofit organization that teaches kids around the world to process and tell their stories through photography.
100cameras partnered with the Colombian Pediatrics Society to work alongside a local school in Marlinda to teach 25 kids how to process and tell their stories. Located just outside of Cartagena, one of the highest tourist destinations in South America, this community has survived the effects of a decades long battle with violence from both the drug war and the guerrillas along with a scarcity of resources and economic opportunity due to a lack of government presence, among other factors. Juxtaposed with the sprawling landscape of Cartagena city, Marlinda is humble, but alive with a vibrant community of families and fishermen.
It is evident that these kids have a deep love for their culture and community along with a yearning to learn. Our mission is empowering them to dive into that truth through guiding them to explore their past, present, and future through the powerful outlet of visual storytelling.
Their photos will be sold on 100cameras.org, and 100% of the proceeds will fund the most pressing needs in their community, something that only they can decide.
To learn more, visit 100cameras.org or @100cameras.
Shot and edited by Andrea Arevalo, second camera Elle Wildhagen.
Photos by Andrea Arevalo