CAMERAS FOR GIRLS UGANDA
Our company has two goals. The first is providing girls and women studying journalism in Uganda the opportunity to learn photography and business skills. We raise funds and collect new and used point & shoot camera’s for the girls and train them to use the camera’s over 3 days. This tool helps the girls learn a new skill, advance in their journalism careers, improve their options and change their lives. The second goal is taking amateur and enthusiast photographers from other parts of the world on a photo-tour of Uganda, to improve their photography skills in-the-field while interacting with the training of the girls and hopefully also change their lives along the way.
This photography adventure, will introduce you to the east African country of Uganda, home to the Nile River, the Lost Valley, Gorilla & Chimpanzee treks, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the Rwenzori mountains, just to name a few. It’ll combine an exciting exploration of the world's most outstanding landscape, wildlife, and cultural locations combined with community outreach and philanthropy.
Speaking of photography - what makes this trip different from other trips to Uganda? While you are learning new skills in bettering your own photography, you get the opportunity to join me, as we train 15-18 local girls in the art of photography, which will help them sustain their economy and improve their career options, while learning a viable skill.
During these three amazing days, you will also get the opportunity to meet many of Uganda’s top photographers, as they will donate their time to assist us with this cause. (see more about our first trip that was completed in August 2018 here
Imagine seeing all the beauty that Uganda has to offer, the camaraderie, the amazing conversations, sharing of tips and techniques and the learning that you will be immersed in, while helping to train a girl in photography – it will be a priceless life-changing experience!
Only 12 spots available on this incredible trip and includes, flights, airport transfers in Uganda, hotels, meals and park entrances - everything you need except for your spending money and vaccines. Where else can you get this value?
Our next trip is happening August 2020 – email to get on the list.
Cameras for Girls Uganda, took a year in the making. Having left Uganda at the age of three, my family and I came to Canada as refugees and I am grateful for the opportunities I was afforded. Unfortunately, girls and women in Uganda are not always afforded the same opportunities. In many cases, girls are relegated to taking care of their younger siblings or their own children having married young; or they are the ones who will be working in the fields tending to the families crops, while their brothers are lucky enough to go to school.
After my first visit home in 2007, I realized I had to do something to help – I just did not know what that was at the time. Fast forward to last year, when the birth of this idea was born and the hard work to put it together started.
How does it work? We train 15-18 girls each year in the city of Kampala, where most of these girls live and work. We provide them with a camera to keep and over 3 days we train them in how to use the camera and as they are journalists, how to tell a story using the camera as a tool. We also teach all the basics of photography, so that they can get out and start using the camera to tell their important stories.
We spend a year with the girls - both online through a Whatsapp group, where we conduct monthly assignments as well as bi-weekly training and photo-reviews. We further combine this with in-person training through our partner Youth Arts Movement Uganda, where they learn editing and further methods in photography.
In just a short while, the impact of the training has been realized. The girls are producing photographs that would rival any beginner, with a bigger, better camera (at this time we were only able to provide used point & shoot digital camera’s – some of them years older than the newer ones available in the market).
One of our girls, wrote how only two days after training she was finally hired by her editor, because she could now take her own photos and accompany her stories with photos. She was put on salary and starting to get bylines and photo credits for her work. Stories like this are what makes everything worthwhile – stories that change lives.
Testimonial - August 2018
“One of my articles was published this week. My editor appreciated what you did for me because I was about to lose my job and the fact that I can now own a camera, I was put on payroll, and I’m going to start being paid in September because I’ve not been getting my salary ever since I started working in June. I’ll forever live to be grateful for what you did for me”.
J. Nakatte, student in training
Training girls in photography in another country is difficult to do, without the aid and assistance of partners. Being limited in time and funds, we completed our first training in 2018 over two days, which is not enough. Through our Go Fund Me Campaign in 2018, we were able to expand this to three days in June 2010, but again it is still not enough.
Why Go Fund Me? Until we get our charitable status, this is the only viable means of fundraising. Thus, as a grassroots organization, we look towards our partners to help this initiative to grow.
Luckily aside from the online training I provide and the in-person training with Youth Arts Movement Uganda, the girls also get to the full-suite of online learning by KelbyOne, who graciously provided us licenses for the girls to learn and advance their photography skills.
Other partners have provided services and/or assistance and I cannot thank them enough. Henry’s Newmarket, specifically Bryan Weiss and Martin Ingles, who have been instrumental in finding used camera’s for the girls; Brian of Brians Camera Shop in Newmarket, who fixes the cameras for me and helps me source cameras for purchase and finally Youth Arts Movement, Uganda and Kenny Mulinde, who has provided an editing lab for the girls to learn the full suite of Adobe Editing products.
Finally there are those organizations that help spread the word by inviting me to speak at their events or share in their newsletters. Thank you to: Sheridan College Alumni for the article they published; Tomash at Imagebreak, who recently published an article on me; Mamas & Co who did the same; The Image Salon who completed the edits for the girls training free of charge; Great Escape Publishing for flying me to to the US to speak about my work in Uganda and finally Real Life Conference happening this year in the US has invited me to speak and attend their amazing photography conference.
We are actively seeking sponsorship to help us train more girls. Please get in touch if you feel you could be the right fit.
We are also seeking donors for funds and cameras - please help us teach more girls.
Partners and Sponsors
By getting involved, you support this grass-roots initiative and help to change the lives of girls and women in Uganda.
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We appreciate your help so we can train more girls and women in Photography in Uganda. Please consider donating through our Go Fund Me Page - thank you!