Bigowe, Rwanda

Facilitator: Cailey Cron

Program Status: Complete

Meet the Facilitator: Cailey Cron

Cailey Cron is a multimedia storyteller from Old Greenwich, Connecticut. In the fall of 2009, she spent two months on the Congo-Rwanda border teaching at a rural primary school and leading a Listen to My Pictures project with a group of eight students. Following the completion project, Cailey returned to the States and curated two multimedia exhibits of her students’ work. Cailey has since graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology and Arabic. She is pursuing a career in multimedia journalism, inspired in large part by her experience leading an LtmP project. You can contact her at: caileycron@gmail.com

About the Project

The 2009 Bigogwe LtmP project took place at the Trinity School, a primary school in the small village of Bigogwe in Western Rwanda. Eight students, from ages 12 to 16, met every other day for class instruction and photography expeditions into the local community. In their photographs, we see their world; we experience the beauty and hardship of life in a region severely affected by the 1994 genocide and the 2007 floods. In their autobiographies and captions, we hear their individual stories, encounter their immutable curiosity, and learn about their dreams for the future.

About the Exhibits

In the summer of 2010, “Listen to my Pictures: Visual Stories by Rwanda’s Children” ¬†was selected as the President’s Choice Exhibit at the Greenwich Arts Society in Greenwich, CT. The multimedia exhibit featured the students’ captioned photographs and autobiographies, as well as Cron’s photographs, illustrations, and video recordings.

In the fall of 2010, “Listen to my Pictures: Visual Stories by Rwanda’s Children” was also exhibited in the Cora E. McLaughlin Gallery at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Cron’s alma mater. News coverage of the event can be found here.

A hardcover book of the Bigogwe students’ work is available for purchase¬†here. All proceeds benefit Listen to my Pictures’ projects.

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Bigowe, Rwanda

January 2009

Each Photograph Tells a Story. Select a Photographer Below to Learn More

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Uwanjenza Bunane

15 years old

Ndayisaba Claude

Ndayisaba Claude

12 years old

Ingabire Denyse

Ingabire Denyse

15 years old

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Umutoni Gentille

15 years old

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Ndayambaje Isaac

15 years old

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Sadiki Jacques

13 years old

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Maniragena Jeanvier

15 years old

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Uwamohoro Zaninka

12 years old