Recently there was something a little different going on just outside the World Concern office in Port-au-Prince. One of our co-workers was ‘pushing’ a parked van, another was ‘washing’ their hands under a faucet, and you could see someone else ‘watering’ the plants. They weren’t actually pushing, washing, and watering; they were having their pictures taken. We were practicing photography!
It’s exciting to work toward something with others. It’s also important to recognize when you need help. Martha and I have realized we need to put more energy into collaborating with and leaning on our co-workers here at World Concern when it comes to stories and photos.
We all need photos and stories. Our co-workers write reports of their activities and insert photos and write short stories about the people they are serving. We do the same, primarily for fundraising and advocacy purposes in the U.S. So why, we asked ourselves, don’t we work together more on this?
Since the introduction of our communication liaison position a year and a half ago, we have seen an increase in the quantity and quality of stories and photos collected in-country, but we know we could accomplish more if we worked even closer with the World Concern staff that are interacting with people in the field each week.
By working with our co-workers to create a system of storing and sharing collected information and exposing them to some tips and tricks of interviewing and photography, we hope to (a) create a spirit of collaboration, (b) further develop the skills of our co-workers in these areas, and (c) capture more stories to show our supporters exactly what we’re doing and who we’re serving.
We recently held our first training session on all this with our microcredit co-workers in Port-au-Prince and we had a little fun with photography practice. They will each collect a story with photos in the next month and we’ll meet again in July to see what went well and what can be improved. To make it even more exciting, we are having a little contest to see who conducts the best interview and takes the best photos.
They say that two minds are better than one. Well how about a whole team full of creativity. We’re excited to see how this journey of working together to collect stories continues to progress.