HistoryAnjali House is a non-profit organisation providing free food, healthcare and education to under-privileged street kids and their families in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
A Project of the Angkor Photo Association
Anjali House is a project of the Angkor Photo Association, a registered non-profit association in France - Reg No: W751202186, and Angkor Photography Festival Association in Cambodia Reg No: 1391SPN.
In 2005, a group of photographers got together to promote photography and highlight humanitarian issues in Southeast Asia. APA wanted to produce a regional photo festival but, in an area of so much deprivation, they also wanted to include some of the people who live in this remarkable and wonderful part of the world.
Anjali began with a one-off dance troupe, lead by Sangeeta Isvaran and photography workshop initiated by Magnum photographer Antoine d'Agata. The children were encouraged away from the streets, and at the end of the week they performed their dance routine and exhibited their photographs to an international audience. With rapt applause they found a sense of empowerment, pride and personal achievement.
Galvanized by the difference that first week made, APA was inspired to further extend its help, and began to provide education and practical support to Siem Reap's street children and engage with their parents.
Complementing the work of Anjali House, the Angkor Photo Association also runs free workshops for emerging Asian photographers, free photo workshops with Anjali students, and a week of slideshows and exhibitions around Siem Reap, Angkor, every November during the Angkor Photo Festival. The children participate annually in these workshops and have the opportunity to work with renowned professionals from around the world.
Almost all the pictures shown come from these photo workshops. The decision to exhibit the children's photographs on this website was made to display the skills that they have acquired through the workshops, and to further encourage their artistic expression through photography.