Give a Child a Camera | Develops

Give a Child a Camera is officially go!
Thanks for being patient, as personal circumstances led to the delay of this much awaited part 4 of the project.
This trip is a lot shorter than my regular projects, this is down to a few factors, but chiefly it is because I am busy planning the project for 2020 in East Africa and have a couple of important meetings with community and local government leaders. As I’m running the project again in Uganda, it seemed the ideal time to divert to Rwanda for a day or two to sort issues and actually put a plan of action in place for 2020.
So, the big news is that I am working with a small group of students I’ve worked with previously who have excelled at photography in the past and are very interested in progressing their learning.
Two of the students are based in rural Uganda, while the other two will be based around the border at Katuna.
The two that are confirmed and I have spoken to are Brea & Godwin.
Godwin, is a young orphaned boy, who lives on the hillside with his sister and several other children who have been taken in by a generous local lady.
Read more….. https://giveachildacamera.co.uk/2019/08/05/v4-is-go/

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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.

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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.

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

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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
 
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Give a Child a Camera | Website Update

Give a Child a Camera | Ugandan children documenting their lives through photography

Project website has been updated… please share/like if at all possible. The project only functions with the kind support from people like you!

V4 – East Africa – Possibly Kenya (discussions underway!)

 https://giveachildacamera.wordpress.com/2018-project-v3/

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Give A Child A  Camera Exhibition | Edinburgh

Give A Child A  Camera Exhibition | Edinburgh

This exhibition illustrates the latest work of the students in Southwest Uganda who were part of Give a Child a Camera V3 in 2018. Working with a group of children whose mothers are largely sex workers on the Ugandan/Rwanda border, this new project has without doubt been one of the most moving to date. This insightful, vibrant and truthful collection of images documents the children’s lives using their own photographs. See around 15 beautiful images that the children in this part of Uganda have shot using 35mm film cameras over a 3 week program working with Julian Claxton

Give a Child a Camera | V3 2018 | Uganda

Give a Child a Camera | V3 2018 | Uganda

I’m really pleased to announce that #Giveachildacamera returns for 2018, where I will be rolling the project out to a group of young vulnerable children on the border with Rwanda.

Give a child a camera is all about providing slightly different opportunties for children in East Africa.
After a little bit of tution the children, (who have not used cameras before) are given their cameras for around a week, where they document their lives in a fascinating fashion.

If you would like to get involved, have an old camera, laptop, equipment or wish to donate to the project please pop along to the project website  https://giveachildacamera.wordpress.com/

Julian with the photo students at Eden