Selected PWAs of ASP are taking part in Project HERO launched by Photography with a Difference founder, John Chua. The program encourages persons with disabilities (PWDs) to express themselves better through photography. It aims to teach photography to persons with disabilities and to help create positive awareness for the plight of Maali and the Manila Zoo for the benefit of the children of Metro Manila. Photos of the participants will be exhibited in an exhibit-tour in selected SM Malls.
The Saturday sessions are bonding moments between the ASP Participants and their photographer-buddies. Through the eyes of PWAs, the photographers take this activity as an inspiration for them and a challenge to lend a hand. The parents also show their dedication and commitment to their children by learning photography also.
Providing cameras to PWDs and allowing them to express themselves will also give a sense of desired empowerment. Their artistry and creativity will be surely felt by the viewers, as Christina N. Dickson of Digital Photography School said, “Children see the world through a special lens. There is a purity to their imagination that at some point most adults lose. If you have ever put a camera in the hands of a child you will soon discover that what they see in life is very different than the adult’s perspective.” This is a learning experience not only for PWDs but also for photographers.
Jae Bustamante, the photographer-buddy of Andrei Gaban shares: “You don't need words to say everything you want to say. All you have to do is feel it, straight to your heart. Feel so blessed to meet, share and be inspired of this event.”