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Babita Patel, Nonprofit Leader, KIOO Project, teaching photography, girls, India, gender equality

BABITA PATEL

NONPROFIT LEADER

While walking through Cité Soleil, Haiti – the largest slum in the western hemisphere – Babita snapped a picture of a group of rambunctious kids playing a spirited game of soccer with a half-inflated ball. Eager young hands grabbed at the camera to see the image captured on the LCD screen. The novelty of the reproduction faded and most darted off. One remained, diligently pointing at each face on the screen, as if ticking them off in his head. He stopped at the last one. His own. He let out a burst of pure, innocent, giggling glee and scampered off.

 

At that moment, Babita realized for people who live on less than $2 a day, a mirror is an unattainable luxury. This child met his reflection for the first time by process of elimination. For he knew which ones were his friends and which one was the stranger.

Babita felt dumbstruck. For she never realized a person could walk through life without knowing her own physical self. But photography can change that. It lets a child see herself and her world through different eyes. By learning tangible skills and building self-confidence, she can contribute to her life and her community.

And thus, the seed for KIOO Project was planted.

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PHOTO CREDITS ON THIS PAGE

Nonprofit leader photos  •  James Song Photography & Kim Hochstadt & KIOO Project

Student photographs  •  KIOO Project

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© 2021 by Babita Patel

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Pronounced “KEY-oh,” the name means ‘mirror’ in Swahili, reminding us all of the power of reflection — literally & figuratively.

Babita founded KIOO in 2012 and has served as the Executive Director ever since.

THE PROGRAM

Teach photography to girls who, in turn, teach photography to boys. Girls build self-confidence and leadership skills while both girls and boys recognize the leadership ability of girls and see them as equals.

THE VISION

For every girl and boy to discover they are equals.

THE MISSION

To change gender dynamics in economically-challenged communities through photography.

THE VISION

For every girl and boy to discover they are equals. 

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THE MISSION

To change gender dynamics in economically-challenged communities through photography.

THE PROGRAM

Teach photography to girls who, in turn, teach photography to boys. Girls build self-confidence and leadership skills while both girls and boys recognize the leadership ability of girls and see them as equals.

Robertline, 16

Gressier, Haiti

Hilder, 16

Nairobi, Kenya

Mary Sheela, 15

Baliganapalli, India

Tesfanesh, 13

Mudula, Ethiopia

Monica, 10

Bududa, Uganda

If you would like to bring a KIOO workshop to your community, sponsor a program or join the team, please reach out to smile@KIOOproject.org.

You can buy all of these students' photographs and more!
Proceeds will help fund future workshops.