Diary project will help ease isolation
By: Cathy Thompson
It’s been known to help juvenile offenders w ho leave prison overcome their sense of isolation and also to enable teenagers from poor families or with disabilities to break down prejudices and learn new skills this is how American Mark Scheflen describes his Diary Project USA/Kenya/South Africa.
The first time he presented letters and photographs written and taken by Kenyan teenagers to their counterparts in
Scheflen is a professional photographer who has traveled between the
He concentrates on “economically depressed urban and rural areas” and has also done work with deaf youngsters.
The project has caught the interest of the United Nations agency, Unicef.
Scheflens’ next trip will be to
He is a member of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, a 200-year old Anglican parish in
The Anglican Diocese in Klerksdorp hosted him during his visit to this country, when he visited, among others, township schools and a juvenile detention facility.
Scheflen has also managed to acquire a grant from the American government’s prestigious National Endowment of the Arts programme.
This helps fund the project with camera equipment and other resources.
“I would hope the children could learn about each other through the project and break down racial barriers between people. There are also many educational benefits as they learn photography, literacy and other skills in the process.”