Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow 2004-2006
Sarah Leeper graduated from Duke University in 2003 with a major in developmental psychology and coursework in education, photography, and medicine. She spent time with children as a remedial language arts tutor in Durham public schools, as a Guardian Ad Litem with abused and neglected children in the North Carolina court system, as a caretaker at summer camps for children with HIV and other chronic illnesses, and in various patient care projects at the Duke Medical Center.
After graduation, Sarah worked for a year as a language facilitator in the Duke Hospital School's classroom for the hearing impaired, where she taught deaf children audio-verbal and literacy skills through photography and personal narratives. She was in Durban, South Africa, as a Lewis Hine Fellow with the Children's Rights Centre, working with youth who are HIV-positive and documenting their experience of living positively. She is especially interested in empowering children to be active participants in their own health care and to share their knowledge with others through words and photographs. She is especially interested in empowering children to be active participants in their own health care and to share their knowledge with others through words and photographs. Sarah continued to work with HIV-positive youth and the CRC in South Africa through a ten-month extension of her 2004–2005 Lewis Hine Fellowship. In 2005–2006 Sarah also received support from the Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation for her documentary work.