Vietnam Friendship Village is a home and safe haven for children who suffer the effects of Agent Orange, a dioxin released to destroy vegetation during the Viet Nam War. The Village provides medical facilities and educational resources for these innocent victims, in hopes of helping the children live a more normal life.
As recipient of Yale-NUS College's Social Impact Fellowship (previously the 'Student Generated Initiative'), I spent three months conceptualising and implementing a five-week arts education programme, using photography as a medium for interaction with victims of Agent Orange in Hanoi, Vietnam.
I worked with a class of students at the Village to teach photography and English. There, I was a witness to the power of art as a tool for communication, forging and rebuilding relationships.