Homeless preschoolers use cameras to document lives

Posted at: 03/26/2013 8:51 PM
By: Amber LaVail, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque homeless preschool children took cameras home today to document 24 hours of their lives.

According to teacher Briana Sais, "It is a great project because we never know what the other side is we don't know what home looks like."

The project puts a face on an Albuquerque problem.

Executive Director of Cuidando Los Ninos Angela Merkert said, "Families who are homeless are often invisible because they don't want to be seen."

Right now 11,000 children are considered homeless in Albuquerque and one in three homeless children will have a major mental disorder by age eight.

Further, according to Merkert, "We have over 4,000 preschool aged children who are homeless in this city."

For the Marsh family the program is a proven success. They were homeless now they have a place.

Mother Karen Marsh says, "The best thing that I think about the school is that it provides stability for my kids as well as myself and balance."

KOB Eyewitness News 4 followed both Gabriel and Micah Marsh Tuesday at the preschool and then to their home in the Northeast Heights where they took even more pictures of what their lives are like.

These children are part of the 82 percent success rate the school has for helping to find homes for families.