Through the Eyes of Haitian Teenagers

Remember the powerful, inspiring movie Born into Brothels?

If you were inspired by that, then check this out.

My friend Hillary Prag, a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and a freelance photojournalist, just finished a term in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she taught a course in photojournalism to at-risk teenagers.

They published a beautiful book of the teens’ photos.

If you buy a copy, $10 will go to earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti.

Here’s Hillary’s message:

I’m a freelance photojournalist who just finished a term in Port-au-Prince. While I was there I taught a course in photojournalism to at-risk teenagers. We published a book on Blurb and each student received a copy as a portfolio. It contains images and artist statements highlighting the most beautiful and hidden corners of Haiti that could only be seen by Haitian youth.

[For each copy of the book sold,] I’m donating the $10 profit to relief efforts through an NGO I worked with. It’s a grassroots NGO called the Mennonite Central Committee (mcc.org) and they support Haitian organizations directly. The relief will thus be non-bureaucratic and empowering to the Haitian resolve.

Here’s the book.
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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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