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Welcome to PhotoPals, a program that connects young students around the world through digital photography!  

Our students learn technical photography skills, reflect on their home communities through photographic exploration, and learn about other students’ cultures and communities by sharing their images with one another.

This site is a work-in-progress, so please, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, feel free to let us know!  You can email Rosalind at rosalind.gael@gmail.com and Sam at s.j.modest@gmail.com.  Thank you for visiting!

Camera Grant Application and Information
To learn more about the PhotoPals program, and how you can apply to use our camera equipment to lead a digital photography program, please visit the PhotoPals Omprakash Foundation page. Grants are available both for domestic teachers, and for volunteers working abroad with Omprakash Partner Organizations.
The Omprakash Foundation
To learn more about our international partner organizations, as well as other organizations around the world in need of teachers, medical services, and general volunteer work, please visit the Omprakash Foundation's official homepage.
Donate Here
PhotoPals is made possible only through the generous donations of those inside and outside the PhotoPals community.  You can donate to PhotoPals through the Omprakash Foundation - just be sure to earmark all donations, whether by check, credit card, or PayPal, for "PhotoPals."  Thank you for your support!

Books About Me Exchange Complete!

Books About Me

Saroj and Garrett
Saroj and Garrett
"My name is Saroj Chhetri.  My age is 11 years old.  I live with my father, mother, sister, grandfather, and grandmother.  The animals I live with are a cow, calf, ducks, hens, cocks, chicks, and a cat.  My favorite animal is a horse because I like to ride them.  I do not like snakes because they can kill us."

"My name is Garrett and I'm 10 years old.  I live with my mom, dad, and brother.  I live with a dog and his name is Ruger.  My favorite animal is a dog because he plays with me but I don't like fishers because it killed my cat."

Ankit and Carson
Ankit and Carson
"My name is Ankit.  I am 9 years old and I read in Class III.  I live with my father, mother, sister, grandmother, and grandfather.  We have one hen, one goat, and one cow.  I like to play cricket and football, but I do not like dancing and singing."

"My name is Carson.  I am 9 years old.  I live with my mom, my dad, and my brother.  Our pets are Tucker and Pete (dogs) and Mushy (gerbil).  My favorite sport is soccer because you can run and kick.  But I don't like track because you get cramps."

Gourav and Simon
Gourav and Simon
"My name is Gourav Rai.  I am 8 years old.  I live with my mother, father, and grandmother.  We have two cows, five goats, and two hens.  I like mondays because I go to market with my mother.  My favourite breakfast food is milk and bread."

"My name is Simon.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom, my brother, and my sister.  My pet is a dog named Luna.  My favorite day of the week is Sunday because there is NFL football on television.  My favorite breakfast food is chocolate chip pancakes."

Jordan and Deeksha
Jordan and Deeksha
"My name is Deeksha Rai.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my father and mother.  I have two cows.  My favorite breakfast food is bread and milk.  I don't like meat and rice."

"My name is Jordan.  I am 9 years old.  I live with my mom, step dad, and my brother Colin.  Our pets are Stormy my cat and Shela my other cat.  My favorite breakfast food is a bagel and cream cheese.  But I don’t like french toast because it’s always drowned in syrup."

Pranaya and Gavin
Pranaya and Gavin
"My name is Pranaya Rai.  I am 11 years old.  I live with my mother.  I have hens, cocks, and chicks.  My house has two rooms.  In one room there is a TV and the other there is a bedroom.  My favorite fruit is pineapple because it is very sweet in taste.  I do not like lemon because it is very sour in taste.  My ambition is to be in the army, because it pays so much."

"I am Gavin.  I am 9 years old.  I live with my mom, my step dad, my brother Kai, and my sister Stella.  I have only one pet.  It is my cat Kally.  My favorite day of the week is Wednesday because when I get home from school I can do my homework and just read till it is my bedtime.  But I don't like Tuesdays and Thursdays because I have karate and cannot read.  When I grow up I want to be a professional soccer player because I want to fulfill my dream.  But I don't want to be a hobo because I do not want to be homeless."

Bivek and Tanner
Bivek and Tanner
"My name is Bivek Rai.  I am 15 years old.  I live in Ambiok Tea Estate with my father, mother, and sister.  We live with a cat and a dog.  My favourite subject is Nepali because Nepali is our mother tongue.  I don't like math because it is very hard."

"My name is Tanner.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mother and my brother Aidan.  My pets are Ella and Star, who are both cats, and a dog named Lilly.  My favorite subject is reading because I LOVE to read, but I DON'T like math because you just do math equations for an hour."

Binu and Raven
Binu and Raven
"My name is Binu Tamang.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my father, Prakash Tamang, my mother, Biva, and my brother, Prajal.  My ambition is to be a doctor because doctors take care of people."

"My name is Raven.  I am 9 years old.  I live with my mom, dad, and my sister.  When I grow up I want to be an archaeologist because I like to learn about animals and digging up the past.  But I don't want to be a doctor because it has a lot of pressure."

Sandeep and Conner
Sandeep and Conner
"My name is Sandeep Porja.  I am 13 years old.  I live in Meenglass Tea Garden with my mother, father, and two brothers.  We have two pigs and two hens.  My favorite animals are peacocks because they look very nice.  I don't like dogs because dogs bite."

"My name is Conner.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom and brother Ian.  Sadly, I don't have any pets but I wish I could have a dog.  My favorite animal is a monkey but I don't like piranhas because they can eat you in about 15 seconds."

Salma and Adrianna
Salma and Adrianna
"My name is Salma Ekka.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mother, father, and two brothers.  My house is in Meenglas Tea Garden.  I have one cow and one chicken.  My favourite subject is general knowledge.  I do not like English.  My favourite animal is a tiger."

"My name is Adrianna.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom, dad, Karen my sister, and Colby my brother.  I live next door to my grandma and grandpa.  Our animals are a cow Cristina, two goats Lina and Megan, and lots of hens and one rooster and 16 chicks.  My favorite subject is art because I like to be creative, but I don't like math because its too easy.  My favorite animal is ALL birds!!"

Mousami and Amber
Mousami and Amber
"My name is Mousami Gowala.  I am 9 years old.  I live in Mission Hill Tea Estate with my mother, father, grandfather, sister Prynka, and my brother Badhal.  I have two goats, two ducks, and a cat.  I like to skip, dance, and play badminton.  My ambition is to be a doctor.  I do not like to be a policeman."

"My name is Amber.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom, my sister, and my dad.  We don't have pets.  I wish I had a dog.  My favorite hobby is to play in the woods with my friends because I like to expore!  When I grow up I want to be a cheerleader because you can do cool dances.  But I don't want to be a garbage man because garbage stinks!"

Prakash and Joe
Prakash and Joe
"My name is Prakash Tamang.  I am 14 years old.  I live with my aunt and grandmother.  I have one cow and one hen.  In my house I have a T.V. and a bedroom, and in another room I have video games.  My favourite subject is English because English is an international language.  I don't like maths because it is confusing.  My favourite day of the week is Sunday because I go to church to pray to God.  My ambition is to be a commando because I want to save my motherland from other country's terrorists.  I do not want to be a driver."

"My name is Joe.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom, my dad, and my brother.  I have a pet dog, his name is Rocky.  My favorite subject in school is gym because it's fun and a good way to exercise.  But I don't like math because it is hard and boring.  When I grow up I want to be an animal scientist because its fun and I get to go to different countries.  But I don't want to be a waiter because I have to carry heavy plates."

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Matthew and Baruk
Matthew and Baruk
"My name is Matthew.  I live with my mom and our cats, Henry, Hana, and Charles.  My favorite subject is music because it's my specialty.  But I don't like art because people just have to drive the teacher nuts when they don't stop talking."

"My name is Baruk Munda.  I am 11 years old.  I read in Class III.  I live with my mother, father, sister, and brother.  I have six cows, one cat, two goats, and two chickens.  My favorite subject is science.  I don't like Nepali."
Lauren and Manju
Lauren and Manju
"My name is Lauren.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom Tina and my dad Geoff and my brother Jacob.  We have no pets, but I want a Shih Tzu, a type of dog.  My favorite sport is basketball because it is active and exciting and it makes me feel happy.  But I don't like football because I don't want to get seriously hurt or dirty."

"My name is Manju.  I am 9 years old.  I live with my mummy, papa, and my four sisters.  I have four animals, three cows, and one goat.  My favorite hobby is table tennis.  I do not like hockey."

Dean and Badal
Dean and Badal
"My name is Dean.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom and my brother.  I don't have any pets.  My favorite day of the week is Wednesday because we don't have math.  But I don't like Monday because we do have math."

"My name is Badal Gowala.  I am 8 years old.  I live with my mother, father, two sisters Prynka and Mousami, and my grandfather.  I have two goats, two hens, ducks, and a cat.  I like Saturday because I dance and sing at school.  I like Monday because I go to market.  Before I go to market I go to temple."

Andrew and Avesh
Andrew and Avesh
"My name is Andrew.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom Hope.  I have a pet cat named Mandy.  My favorite breakfast food is pop tarts.  My favorite day of the week is Thursday because my birthday is on that day every year.  But I don't like Tuesday because I have art."

"My name is Avesh Chhetri.  I am 9 years old.  I live in Dalingcote Tea Garden with my mother, father, aunt, and sister.  We have one cow, one calf, one hen, five chickens, and eleven goats.  My favorite breakfast food is chappati and tomato pickle. My favourite day is Sunday because I will go to market.  I like to see cars and busses."

Ranju and Junie
Ranju and Junie
"My name is Ranju Chhetri.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mother, father, and four sisters.  We have cows, goats, and one cat.  My favourite subject is science.  I do not like math.  My ambition is to be a doctor because doctors take care of people."

"My name is Junie.  I am 9 years old.  I live with my mom, dad, brother Shea, and sister Lucy.  Our pets are Ruby and Tess.  They are both dogs, Ruby is big and Tess is small.  Music is my favorite subject because I LOVE singing and playing the violin.  But I don't like writing because it is hard and very boring to me.  When I grow up I want to be a music teacher because I love music and my music teacher Mr O.P. inspired me.  I don't want to be a doctor, though, because there is a lot of blood, germs, injuries, diseases, and needles."

Alisha and Charlotte
Alisha and Charlotte
"My name is Alisha Rai.  I am 9 years old.  I live with my mother, father, and two sisters.  I have three cows and one dog. My favorite hobby is swimming.  I do not like field hockey."

"My name is Charlotte.  I am 10 years old.  I live with my mom, Ruth, and my brother, Nicholas.  My pets are a kitten named Po, and a cat named Shadow.  I also have three mice, their names are Marshmallow, Flash, and Nibbles.  My favorite hobby is roller skating because I like the feeling of gliding across the floor.  But I don't like american football."

Dakota and Ajay
Dakota and Ajay
"My name is Dakota and I'm 9 years old.  I live with my mom, my sister, and my dad.  My favorite animal is a tiger because they run fast but I don't like coyotes because they're mean.  When I grow up I want to be a mailman."

"My name is Ajay Kawar.  I am 11 years old.  I live with my father, sister, and mother.  The animals I live with area a cow, chickens, and a goat.  My favorite color is pink, I do not like black.  My favourite animal is a donkey.  I do not like lions because they eat you.  My ambition is to be in the army because it pays so much."

Recent Projects in the PhotoPals World

Jamilah and Dave Gregory, first recipients of the PhotoPals Camera Grant!

Working with the Omprakash Foundation, we have just made the PhotoPals Camera Grant available for other teachers and volunteers interested in leading a PhotoPals program at their school or international volunteer organization.  We are happy to announce that Jamilah and Dave Gregory have been awarded the first Camera Grant, which provides them with eight digital cameras to teach photography at Campamento Esperanza in Quito, Ecuador this summer.  Keep checking in to the PhotoPals site to see their students' photos and updates!

Cycle II's first round of photos are UP!

Check out the Topsham, ME and the Sarkhu, Nepal sections to see the latest photographs taken by PhotoPals students!  The assignment was to photograph light and shadow using black and white mode - check them out!

Beginning of Cycle II

January 2010 marks the beginning of the second cycle of photographic exchange: between students in Topsham, Maine and in Sankhu, Nepal! Check out the "Sankhu" page to learn more.

PhotoCards for Milk: Rainbow Academy Greeting Card Fundraiser

Help support Rainbow Academy by donating $5 to the school, and get a free greeting card in return!  Each card features a photograph taken by one of the Rainbow Students who participated in the photography class this past fall.  100% of all proceeds go toward purchasing high yield dairy cows for the school in their effort to become economically self-sufficient.  The sale of the cows' milk will help relieve pressure on students' families to pay the small school tuition fees, will help pay the teachers' salaries, and will help buy books and school supplies for years to come!

Suggested donations are at least $5.  Please email Sam Modest (s.j.modest@gmail.com) if you would like to donate or if you have any questions.  Thank you!

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