Bright Spot: Agape
(Memphis) There are thousands of homeless children and families and many of them turn to Agape for help. This week, some of the children have an opportunity to share their hopes and dreams of a better life through pictures.
These children are about to get an assignment that could change how “you” see the homeless. For the next several weeks, they’ll be documenting their lives in pictures.
Award-winning photojournalist Linda Solomon is teaching the children the basics of taking pictures. She says, “I treat them as journalists but they have a very poignant assignment. It’s all from the heart.”
Memphis is one stop on a 12-city tour where Solomon is working with children and helping them tell their stories. “I had a child tell me ‘my only hope is for hope.’ Another child said, ‘I hope to see my dad again.’”
The cameras are gifts from General Motors and Chuck Hutton Chevrolet. It’s a partnership that Agape executive director David Jordan says is invaluable. “A lot of the children we work with people would have a heart for but they never see, they don’t know who a homeless child would be.”
15 children received cameras but far more have a story to tell. “We serve 10,000 youth and family members a year and we had numbers of youth we could pick from,” says Jordan.
Many of these children know more than they should about loss, but you might be surprised to find out what they want and long for most. “They don’t hope for iPads or iPods. They only hope for things that truly matter,” says Solomon.
The children will take pictures of their families, their schools, and their communities. Those photos will be made into christmas cards.
For those who have a hard time saying how they feel, all they’ll have to do is point and click. “It’s a great experience for the children to see their productivity but also to speak into what their life is like and for people to see it in a real kind of way,” says Jordan.
Hopefully, you’ll see them and reach out to help them.