Give a Child a Camera | Update October 2019

Give a Child a Camera has been underway and going well in rural Uganda.

Presenting children from the MARPs organisation with a small fund from photo sales from last years exhibition was truly a great moment. Children & their families receiving roughly equivalent to 1.5 months rent of a house/room from their excellent photography.

As always I received a truly special welcome at Eden School – a place I first visited in 2014.

I’ve been working with some of the children creating interesting and emotive images and teaching them how to shoot using instant cameras, creating a unique piece of work that will be up for sale (funds going to the children/families) from Christmas onwards.
We have also been using more advanced equipment – digital SLRs in some cases, learning fully about framing, zooming and when to use flash… It’s been really rather terrific so far and the standard of one or two the children’s photography is incredible.

Thanks for the support as always.

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Give a Child a Camera – 2019

It is the terrific passion, personality and the eagerness to learn that keeps me going back to Uganda.
The wonderful learning environment at Eden means children are developing into fine young adults and I’m proud to think that some of those children I first met in 2014 are developing in such terrific ways, thanks in part to external funding and the passion from director Ronald.

I’m delighted that in a few months I’ll be returning to rural Uganda, working with a small group of children at the fabulous Eden school and a couple of children from last years project on the Rwandan border who are keen to learn and develop their photography.

Whilst i’m in East Africa I will also be meeting and planning with officials in Rwanda, ready to run the project with new groups in 2020.

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Miracle | Uganda

This is 12 year old Miracle.
She lives with her grandmother in Southwest Uganda. Sadly her parents both died of HIV and since then her grandmother has looked after her and sells at the local market earning “just enough” to pay the rent on her hillside home above the border town.

Although HIV Positive, the health of Miracle is really rather good. Thanks to a funding program from USAID and the tireless work of a Ugandan NGO, she receives regular medication to manage her health.

She told me she wants to be a doctor.

#usaid #uganda #ngo #africa #eastafrica #hiv #child #children#giveachildacamera #health #portrait

Long Weekend in Rabat

We’ve all heard of Marrakech, but how many of you have visited Rabat, Morocco’s capital?

It’s a lovely place for a quick weekend getaway and just a short affordable flight from the UK.
We had an absolute ball when we visited – staying in a souk in true old Moroccan style, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the ability to visit on the excellent train service both Meknes & Casablanca.

Fabis | South Western Uganda

Fabis.

I met this interesting lady last year while visiting some old friends in Western Uganda. I was truly captivated by the muted colours and wilderness of scene that unfolded in front of me.

30 year old Fabis has two children and works around 8 hours a day in the fields and banana groves earning 2500 ugx (50p) per day, in the village of Kachwekano. She suffers with bad eyesight.

Justus | Uganda

Justus,
I met Justus last year in Western Uganda and was captivated by his community spirit and commitment to helping other people with HIV.
 
He kindly agreed to become part of my documentary series.
 
Justus is a peer educator Working with the MARPS health centre since 2007, he was diagnosed with HIV in 2004 with his wife, when they were tested together. “I was a primary teacher, but now I am a labourer” Justus is a Practising Catholic and now uses his knowledge to educate others about HIV & the dangers of contracting the disease. He walks around 15km to the health centre twice a week for medication.

Evas | Uganda | A Portrait

Whilst i’m running my project #giveachildacamera in East Africa, I always strive to understand the people i’m working with, their life, their community and generally what makes them tick as individuals.
 
I met Evas through her daughter, who was part of Give a Child a Camera in 2018.
She is 43 & lives close to the Rwandan border in a small room with her 5 children, she contracted HIV from her husband who died several years ago. She has several small jobs, including working on the street – all to support her family.
 
As many of you know, 2018 saw me work with an amazing group of young children in Uganda. Many of them come from tough backgrounds and tend to be very streetwise, especially living on the border. Many of them are HIV positive, a disease they contracted from their mother. However, thanks to the amazing work of organisations such as Katuna Marps (funded in part by US AID) their health is monitored and the outlook is relatively bright.
 
#uganda #portrait #africa #documentary #Eastafrica #HIV

Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy 2019

2018 has been another cracking year for my photography, projects and development.
I’ve crossed paths with so many inspirational people who have had great stories to tell and I feel privileged to have shot images through the UK, Europe & Africa and to have continued to develop my project Give a Child a Camera

One of the most moving moments of 2018 was meeting Musa, (pictured) in Southwest Uganda.
Babyowanba Musa, an orphan living above the town of Katuna. He lives in a small house with an elderly lady who took him in. She digs in the fields every day for around 3500 UGX (Ugandan Shillings),
“We are not sure of the lifespan of Musa” says Mukagatare Jeninah, “he has HIV and it is difficult to look after”
I felt incredibly moved by the passion of the elderly lady who took young Musa into her home – for no other reason than he was on his own, by the local NGO who supplies the ARV drugs to control the health of the those suffering with the horrendous virus and lastly by young Musa, who accompanied me on my walks around the community and taught me (despite my numerous visits to Africa) a lot about living in rural Africa.

The health of young Musa is being monitored and providing he continues to take ARV drugs he should have a relatively stable life ahead – I will be revisiting Musa in 2019.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy 2019

#uganda #africa #giveachildcamera #photography #newyear

Give a Child a Camera| Norwich Exhibition

Really pleased to announce Give a Child a Camera 2018 exhibition is open… I Finished installing the work last night at the wonderful Norwich Playhouse.
 
The exhibition features the work of 7-15 year old students who were part of #Giveachildacamera 2018 and a collection of my own images from a documentary meeting & understanding those with HIV in Southwest Uganda.
 
An exhibition guide is available at various points throughout the building, with in depth captions and further information on the project. Please feel free to take one home/share on social media.
 
The images are exhibited in three rooms, the bar, playroom and upper corridor/gallery.
The exhibition runs from the 30th October – 1st December 10am- late
 
#Norwich #uganda #norfolk #teaching #photography #exhibition #africa

Give a Child a Camera | Norwich Exhibition

Really excited to announce the next Give a Child a Camera exhibition is being shown at the wonderful Playhouse in Norwich this autumn.

Visit the Playhouse between the 30th October to 1st December and witness first hand a selection of wonderfully emotive images that the children, taking part in the project in Southwest Uganda shot during the month-long workshops this year.

A chance to gain a true insight into the lives of children living in a border town in East Africa, as they use photography to document their lives.

#Norwich #Playhouse #Exhibition #Photography #Nikonuk #Norfolk

#children #uganda #africa #giveachildacamera #workshop #vso

#charity #empowerment