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Dana, 24, a university graduate of architecture, is living with hearing loss. She has been using a hearing aid for 19 years. Dana joined “Peace Lens” project supported by UNDP Syria. The project provided professional training in photography and filmmaking. Despite the communication difficulties she was facing, Dana felt much more at ease when expressing herself through the camera she is using.

Dana learned how to shoot professionally and to convey her message through photos. The workshop contributed to expand her experience and allowed her to approach life from a different perspective.

Dana has actively participated in the different activities of the workshop. “I learned storytelling techniques as well as filmmaking and writing success stories. I feel more self-confident and capable of facing the camera without being nervous or shy.” said Dana with a smile on her face.

The training workshop “ Peace Lens” targeted 15 people with disabilities by enabling them to learn a new profession as photographers. The beneficiaries also received cameras to help them start their own business as photographers and start earning their own income.

“The training workshop was one of the best experiences I have ever had, as a lot of interaction and friendly competition took place. All trainees have become one family, where I felt no longer disabled. I feel I am strong and able to achieve my dream of being a professional photographer and earn my

living”

Having gained the professional training to be a photographer, Dana got a new job as professional photographer. Dana now is very happy to earn her own income thanks to her new profession.

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