Timek, Tingog, Tinig- A Hundred Voices of Girls in Action by Angeli
12 December 2013
In 2013 the World Association partnered with Photovoice – a photography charity - to implement a new and exciting project “Participatory photography as a tool for social change”! In line with the themes of the 2013 World Thinking Day focusing on MDGs 4 and 5, the project aims to teach and empower girls and young women to use photography as a way of exploring the state of child and maternal health issues in their communities, and a tool for social change, which will amplify their voices locally and internationally through showcasing their photos in exhibitions. As a first step, 17 young women participated in the training of leaders in Pax Lodge in May 2013 and prepared action plans to implement the project in their home country.
Today, we are happy to share some of the results that took place on the ground.
Angeli Monique Siladan from Philippines has just completed the first stage of her exciting project with 34 girls who also got a chance to visit the Baguio General Hospital. Below we share the blog from Angeli on her exciting journey to help save children’s and mothers’ lives, as well as some of the photographs taken by girls. The main exhibition of the photographs produced by girls will take place in January 2014 at the Philippines' Childrens Museum (Museo Pambata). We wish Angeli and the girls good luck for this exciting event!
“Timek, Tingog, Tinig- A Hundred Voices of Girls in Action by Angeli
When I first had this community project in 2007 for the Chief Girl Scout Medal, the highest award given by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, I knew I’m not an ordinary girl anymore. Back then, with the pressures of my academics, I worked hard to deliver a MedicinalGardenfor a far flung community who has very limited medical facilities to address their common illnesses. That community was even isolated for Dengue mosquito outbreak, one of the deadliest killers of children in the Philippines. With all the time I spent in that community I eventually realized that my efforts was not for the award anymore but for the children, mothers and families that I am giving hope amidst the crisis. Years have passed and I know inside me that my passion will always be burning for women and children. And just this May 2013 a sweet birthday surprise from WAGGGS came, I was given the opportunity to be part of the training “Saving our Children’s and Mothers’ Lives: Photography as a Tool for Social Change” in Pax Lodge. Each of us drafted and brought home our action plans from all the lessons we learned from that fruitful event.
My project was realized during the 1st National Gathering of Girl Representatives where I served as a facilitator for MDGs 4 and 5 and a trainer for participatory photography. From November 29 to December 3, 2013, we have gathered 144 girls all over thePhilippinesin our very cool training center in Ating Tahanan,BaguioCity. This year’s theme is: “Timek, Tingog, Tinig- A Hundred Voices of Girls in Action.” It encompasses our goal to hear voices of girls from all over the thousand islands of the Philippines. Each girl will also take home an action plan in their respective communities to help address the Millennium Development Goals.
Out of these girls, 34 girls joined the advocacy group for Child and Maternal Health where the girls learned about participatory photography as a tool for social change. The girls were taught about MDGs 4 and 5, photography techniques, they looked at the in-depth causes of children and maternal health issues using the problem tree, they had photo dialogue showcasing different perspectives on gender equality through photos. Overall, the girls responded that they felt empowered after that session.
Our final day was fully packed. The girls had a chance to visit the Baguio General Hospital, a government-run hospital which caters to residents in Benguet province. For our warm up, we had a power walk where the girls learned about emotions, power and risk. This activity helped them while shooting their photos. The girls visited 4 parts of the hospital: OB Ward, Under 5 Clinic, Out Patient Department and Pedia Ward. They had an assignment to take the following photos: their feeling of the day; a photo with the beneficiary (patient, parent, nurse or doctor) without showing the face; a photo that describes motherhood or childhood; the Philippine setting on Child and Maternal Health and a photo by the beneficiary on how he/she feels today. After this, the girls in the spirit of participatory photography selected their best photo. They captioned the photos which were showcased at a mini exhibit during the closing ceremony. Everyone did a great job and the photos were all amazing.
The main exhibit will be in January 2014 at the Philippines' Childrens Museum (Museo Pambata).
Below are some photos from the exhibit:
The Lord hides everything in nothing, he hides a tree in a seed. He hides a king in a shepherd boy. He hides a savior in a baby. And He created everything because of Love.
A Mother's Smile: A hope to her unwell child (Amanda Delos Reyes)
Unlost But Lost: A girl in the midst of busy people, feeling lost and knowing nothing but innocence.
(Maria Angelou Cantal)
Understanding each other will always be between a mother and a child. (Charlotte Mercado)