do good to neighbors, near or strangers

Hello Neighbor seems to be an excellent community building exercise
that can be done on a small or large scale
with homeschoolers or other groups
like the girl/boy scouts, boys and girls clubs, or other youth groups.

i could see my 5 year old,
using daddy’s “good camera”,
interviewing our neighbors
and taking portraits of them,
culminating in a gallery showing at our home
or local library.
lightbulb!

Hello Neighbor was conceived by photojournalist Julie Keefe, after she observed how gentrification was leaving many of her own neighborhood’s kids estranged…

And, as Keefe noticed, neighbors were no longer saying “hello” to each other.

“So I thought, if the kids could somehow approach their new neighbors,” Keefe said, “and let the neighbors know they were actually interested in them, the kids and the neighbors could meet one another. It’s all about building community.”

Using her strengths as an accomplished photojournalist and her skills as a teacher, Keefe launched Hello Neighbor with Caldera, a Portland-based arts organization. The yearlong project involved kids from six Portland neighborhoods and six central Oregon towns. In the process, all of them learned interviewing techniques and portrait photography.

Here’s how Hello Neighbor worked. First, Julie Keefe and her group decided on a list of locals they wanted to meet, of any age or race…

Those willing to participate — and most were — were then invited to school, or invited the kids to their homes, to answer questions the kids had come up with. Among them: How old are you? Do you feel safe on your street? What are you most proud of? [ more: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93515006 ]

hello neighbor in the neighborhood

Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good- to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: For Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious

holy quran, surah 4 [an-nisa]: ayat 36

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