Little photographer explores big city

Jul 10, 2012

It was the first time Ma Junxin visited famous Shanghai landmarks at the Bund and Nanjing Road, despite the fact that she has lived in this city for ten years.

Maj Junxin, an 11-year-old girl, is a child of migrant workers in Shanghai. Her parents moved from their rural hometown to make a modest living in the suburbs of Shanghai. Working hard, they seldom had time to visit the sites.

The Amway Charity Foundation is working to help children of migrant families, like Ma Junxin. On World Children’s Day in June, Amway worked with the Shanghai Youth Volunteers Association to fulfill the dreams of 20 children, who got their first chance to tour the city.

More than 20 idle cameras were collected by the public, and 26 Amway volunteers and 20 community volunteers were gathered within two weeks.

Before the tour, the volunteers organized photography classes for the children so they could capture different perspectives of Shanghai during their tour.

For most children, it was the first time to take the subway, to taste a local snack, to use a public telephone booth, to talk with foreigners … and of course, to be a photographer.

To these children, Shanghai is no longer just their second home. It is finally becoming their hometown.

Thanks to Vivian Yuan and Christy Xin for sharing this story.

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