DogMeetsWorld.org has little to do with dogs and everything to do with making children happy around the world - through photography.
Dog Meets World aims to lift the hearts of underprivileged kids and others by having travelers take photos of them with a little stuffed dog mascot, named Foto, and printing out a hard copy to give them on the spot. The goal is to help the subjects, who may have never seen a photo of themselves, "see their potential more clearly and that they count," says Carolyn Lane, president of the nonprofit organization that runs the project.
But it costs money to participate. Participants, who are provided with the stuffed dog, make a $30 donation and must buy their own portable printer. It's free, however, to go to the website and view the photos. DogMeetsWorld calls its project "photo diplomacy," which seems a bit formal to us.
DESCRIPTION Picturing a better world
TARGET AUDIENCE Travelers who want to spread "photo diplomacy"
BOTTOM LINE Travel with a purpose