Workshop Day Two :: Storyboards

Today was another incredible day working with the kids. Four girls joined us today, all near ages of 16 or 17. I wanted more girls in the workshop anyway…so when I heard about them, I asked them to come. Since school is in session here, only kids that are not in school can participate because the workshop is mid-day. When I originally wrote the syllabus for the workshop, I wanted to work with kids who had not already been resettled, in the hopes that the workshop would encourage kids living on the street to spend more time at CRO and eventually choose to go through their rehabilitation program. Even if they do not choose this route, they can still come to CRO for meals, showers, classes, and other programs. As it turns out, these girls aren’t in school for one reason or another. A couple of them are pregnant. But I’m glad they’re attending.

Since they came a day late, I had to review what we had learned the previous day. In doing so, of course they missed out on a lot of details. And in doing so, I forgot to mention some very important details that I had covered the previous day. For instance, when discussing the elements of a story, one of the elements was words. The first day we discussed how that could be done orally, through telling at least one other person the story. Or it could be done in written form. In addition, for the workshop, for those who didn’t know how to write, I could record their stories as they told them – then we could transcribe them later, or layer them on a video underneath their photos – so that their story could be seen on TV or the internet in movie form. This was discussed in detail on the first day. On the second day, after my review, I asked if anyone had any questions. One girl raised her hand, and when called upon stood up, with tears welling up in her eyes, and sweetly asked “What about those kids that don’t know how to write? How will they write their stories?” And defeated, she sat down. My heart broke, of course, as soon as I saw the tears welling before she even spoke. I wondered what I had done or said!
So, I apologized and recapped how I could record their stories for them as they spoke them aloud. I assured her she wasn’t alone, and that there was nothing wrong with telling the story rather than writing it.

The kids asked a lot of questions when given the opportunity, they were very well behaved and attentive…I was really amazed. I tried to keep the lessons very active, asking questions often. The kids that were there the first day turned in their cameras to be developed. The new kids received their cameras. Then we discussed what a story board is and how it would help them to determine the order of their story and what photos they may want to use for the story. They were encouraged to illustrate certain scenes, and if they liked their picture, then they could actually use that as part of the imagery in their story. The photos you see in the gallery below are the kids working on their story boards.

I am learning a lot through this process – what parts of my program to keep and discard for the next round. Since I have photographed and even set up the camera to film the workshop, I have been able to critique myself after the fact. Anyone who has done this knows the pros and cons! 😉 It is quite different than having a videographer on the scene – which is really what I’d prefer.

For those of you wondering where Lira is, you can check out the google map here:
Lira, Uganda

One Response to “Workshop Day Two :: Storyboards”

  1. TJ says:

    Another great day of the workshop. I love the B&W photos and seeing the kids so intent on their work! Awesome job Lisa, you are doing such a great thing for these kids, giving them the chance to be able to speak through images and tell their story.
    Stay focused, show these kids they are loved and someone cares about them, the reward will be amazing!

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