Panama Pilot Program - 2009
Our pilot program took place April 2009 on Isla Colon, an archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama. The 5-week course introduced basic photography principles to 5 girls and 4 boys, ranging in age from 12-14.
Many of our students had never been exposed to photography or even held a camera before, yet the results of the program were overwhelming. The youth produced a number of unique and interesting photographs, capturing their every day lives and surroundings.
Classes were taught at the Smithsonian Institute Research Station, who kindly donated the space, transportation and snacks for the youth.
The 5-week course culminated with an exhibit/fundraiser of the youth's photographs at the Panamanian Institute of Tourism (IPAT), who sponsored the event along with other local businesses. The event was well attended by family members and classmates, as well as tourists, locals and members of the ex-pat community living in Bocas del Toro. Close to 100 people were in attendance and several of the youth's prints sold, in addition to sets of postcards featuring their photography.
Funds raised through the sale of the youth's works were used to donate goods to the local Bocas Elders Home, Asilo de Anciano. The youth delivered the goods themselves in keeping up with Impacto Project's vision of giving back to the community.
The pilot program was fully funded through private individual donations. Learn more about how you can contribute and be a part of Impacto Project.