Chacahua is an Afro-indigenous island community just off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. The island is protected as a Marine National Park, surrounded by mangroves. The main source of income for local families is either tourism, artisanal fishing, or gathering pebbles from the shoreline to sell for construction.
Coast 2 Coast facilitated a weeklong photography workshop with students where kids learned to observe their ordinary surroundings in an extraordinary way using GoPros, point-and-shot digital cameras to tell visual stories about their home. At the end of each project, we host a neighborhood cinema night together with local kids and their families. This is an opportunity for Coast 2 Coast youth participants present their photography, videos, or art in front of their family, friends, and fellow community members.