Moyo Health and Community Services, previously known as Peel HIV/AIDS Network, has embarked on a Photovoice project that addresses various health, social and cultural needs of newcomers residing in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. Using photography as a means for storytelling, this exhibit aims to identify and share the experiences of newcomers who are living with a chronic disease and/or identify as African, Caribbean and Black, LGBTQ+, femme, or substance users.
Photovoice is a qualitative, participatory action research method that uses photography and group dialogue for individuals to deepen their understanding of a community issue or concern. The aim is to improve conditions by making changes at the community level. Photovoice participants use video and/or photo images to capture aspects of their environment and experiences and share them with others.
The journey began with the newcomers being welcomed to the program and were provided an overview of upcoming sessions. The participants introduced themselves in their first languages and shared their experiences of immigration and life back home. There were 5 themes that were explored.