In a way we have now already a bit of a routine as it is the third year I am coming to Zanskar. When the children see me, they already know, what it means. Even if there is always new children, who never had a camera in their hands before, I am delighted to observe, that the quality of the photos is becoming better and better. Also it seems that they have now a good understanding in taking the pictures of their lifestyle, which is so special to outsiders. What was new in 2013 is, that there is now this german Montessori-school, where we had the exhibition in January. In June I brought letters from the german children and the zanskaris replied to them enthusiastically. They always have to write letters to their sponsors, but this is very new and special, to have a sommunication with children their age. Especially they were interested in the photos some children had included in their letters and they keep them now like big treasures.
And there was another news: as one teacher has a laptop now, I could leave some cameras there for the children to take photos between my visit in June and the next in September. From this time there are quite a lot of great photos from class 8. Now there are also some cameras left to document the winter.
It were 13 students: 7 girls and 6 boys, 10 from the villages around, 2 staying in the hostel and 1 from a far-away-village staying with nearby relatives. 2 attended the photoclass. Unfortunatly there was no time teaching them, but they were busy bringing me daily fresh photos.
The photoclass consisted of 4 old following students (Tashi Lawang, Tundup Dolkar, Lobzang Stobdan, Stanzin Chemath) and 2 new ones (Stanzin Daskong and Stanzin Zelon).
Stanzin Zelon (12), Tundup Dolkar (13), Stanzin Chemath (16), Lobzang Stobdan (14), Stanzin Daskyong (13)
Again we did phototrips to far-away-places (Dzongkhul, Zangla, Stongde) with many children in a Tata Mobile and one by foot to the nunnery of Chushikjall.