I was in Phnom Penh, Cambodia recently to coach our staff at Andong Primary School and Learning Center. One of my staff was there to coach them in the area of Sponsorship Correspondence. They were getting ready to send updates to sponsors and Anne trained them to ensure quality update information and photos. Not too dark, not too far, no shadows, be careful of background, help the children smile, etc.
During one of my breaks while spending time coaching our Country Director, Abraham, I decided to find out how the photo taking was going. It was so hilarious!
Our Ministry Information Staff, Anne Kwong, had printed the children’s ID and name on strips of paper beforehand. The teachers were gathering the children according to their ID. If someone had messy hair, the teachers would comb their hair neatly before sending them to the photographer. They wanted every child to look smart. It was a big job – getting the updates of 300+ children ready to go.
Photo-taking alone requires the co-operation of the teachers, vice principal of the school and staff who took turns to be the photographer. There was an organised system – to ensure the right child with the right ID and name go together. It took almost a week to get all the pictures taken. But it’s worth it because it will put a smile on the sponsors’ face.
We want to connect with our sponsors – to show that we are authentic and that the children they sponsor are real people with real needs. What a joy to see the pride of the teachers who took turns to make sure their children look smart and beautiful and the principal coaxing the children to smile while he took their pictures. Great team work!