Operation Goma

In 2016 and 2017, we traveled to North Kivu in the DRC to lead a photography course at Camme, a local non-profit organization that provides education, entrepreneurship, and social services for children. The goal was to provide a setting in which vulnerable young people in the country’s most volatile province could both share their stories and gain a new skill to enter the global marketplace.

In January 2018, we opened our first fully functioning media lab in the city of Goma, in cooperation with Camme. Powered entirely by renewable energy, the lab contains eight computer terminals, cameras, and state-of-the-art technology for media production. Each semester, Lens on Life Project-trained photographer Michel Lunanga teaches photography workshops to various age groups. Jean-Paul Lunanga teaches courses on computer literacy to students that have rarely used a computer. In the summer of 2018, we installed wireless internet, giving students the ability to conduct course research online and use social channels to publish their work.

Michel Lunanga, Congo / @michel.lunanga

Michel Lunanga is a native of eastern Congo and is the Lens on Life Project teacher within our school at Camme DRC in Goma. He is the CEO of Life Through Arts (LTA) and is a professional photographer and filmmaker. Michel studied multimedia in Guangzhou, China where he shot professionally as well. He enjoys sharing his experience with youth from his home country.

Jean Paul Lunanga, Computer Literacy Instructor

"I wish to continue doing photography. As I learn more, I keep producing good work. I get paid now for photography. My uncle and I get paid for our photography business."

— Jidson, Student in Goma

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