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April 9, 2010

Fotokids Office Trashed

I just got the sad news that Fotokids, a project in Guatemala City that I’ve been supporting for many years, was broken into by a gang and had all of its computers stolen – estimated replacement cost $25,000. Fotokids has been working for more than 18 years with kids growing up in the slums of this most violent city in one of the most violent countries in Latin America — if not the world. Visit their website at

by Sara Ajtujal / Fotokids

Unlike some short-term projects working with kids and photography, founder and Director Nancy McGirr has been in it for the long haul. A former photographer with Reuters, she urges the young people to view photography not just as recreation or as a creative outlet, but as a tool to change their lives. She’s had outstanding success in keeping program participants in school; many of them have graduated not just from high school but from college, and have gone on to careers in photography and design – one of the reasons it’s important for them to be able to work with relatively good quality computer equipment!

by Nancy Morales, Fotokids

So, spread the word! As many of you know, the Refuge Media Project itself is desperate for funding, but if you have a few bucks to spare, consider helping Fotokids get back on their feet. Contributions can be made by via PayPal at or write a check to San Carlos Fdn / Fotokids and mail it to: Fotokids, P.O. Box 661447, Miami, FL 33266. The site also has some powerful photos by the participants available for purchase.

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