photos qui parlent

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Click on the thumbnails (appearing on the right) to see participants own sets of photos, read – in their own words – why they took the images & discover how this VSO local partners is impacting, and learning from, its beneficiaries.

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The photos qui parlent project (“photos that speak”) loaned Nikon L20 digital cameras to clients and volunteers of VODEBO – Volontaires pour le developement de ______ – a local community-based organization that provides care and support services to people infected or affected by HIV in a community in Cameroon’s Far North region.

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VODEBO’s community volunteers conduct home visits, accompany clients for medical care and engage in community education aimed at decreasing HIV transmission and stigmatisation.  The community where the project took place is not named because the participants wanted to protect their confidentiality.

Stigma and discrimination against HIV+ individuals is still so great that they feared exposure would impact the way they are seen by family, employers and neighbours.  While talking about HIV is still difficult in the community, change is starting to be seen.  This shines through in the photos they took and their insights.  While they do not want the name of their village shared, they are nonetheless eager to share these with other communities to help build understanding.

This project used the Photovoice method to monitor and evaluate the impact of VODEBO’s work in the HIV/AIDS sector. This was done to:

  • identify services delivered and the impacts of these on the clients
  • explore challenges and opportunities for future services delivered by VODEBO
  • capture the stories and insights of both volunteers and clients directly affected by the work of VSO’s partner organisation.

VODEBO works through long-term relationships between community volunteers and their HIV+ clients.  Therefore, 6 pairs of volunteers and clients photographed together and then returned to document what each picture meant to them.

Funding for this project came from two sources within the VSO Federation.  CUSO-VSO provided funding through a  public engagement grant to purchase digital cameras.  Costs related to running the project with VODEBO were borne by VSO Cameroon.


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