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Belizean Boy

2010 International Photography Exhibition
“Belizean Boy”
Location: Stella Maris School, Belize City, Belize
Photographer: Stephanie Cedeno
Home Country: United States
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: 1st Place

In the photographer's words: "The boy in the photo is one of the special needs students at Stella Maris School in Belize City, Belize, the largest special education school in Belize. I was there on a service trip distributing shoes to the children of the school and youth in the surrounding area. The work was mentally draining and emotional, and the best part of the day was spending recess with the kids. The children of the school loved getting their photos taken and they would spend all recess playing with us and taking pictures. This picture in particular was taken right after we had finished playing basketball. It is a reminder of how welcoming and kind the students were to us. They played with us like we were their best friends. It was amazing to see how happy and playful these students were, even while they have to overcome many daily obstacles. Their courageousness is contagious. It was impossible to feel unhappy or ungrateful when playing with these kids."

Belizean Boy