David Chidgzey and I have finished our first week in Africa. We spent our first week at Rafiki Africa Ministries, an organisation that is very special to me, as it is the organisation I stayed with for three months, volunteering as a filmmaker, photographer and graphic designer in 2017. Over those three months at the children's home, I made great friends with the 20 children and staff who made Uganda my home.
On night one, I planned to surprise the staff and kids, as only a few staff knew I was coming. Somehow the secret was not kept very well as the older kids ended up surprising me with water guns and several cold buckets of water. Not too bad after 20 hours in transit. My arrival was still a surprise for the younger children, and as I entered their room, they jumped out of their beds to hug me and run their fingers through my "fuzzy" hair.
Rafiki Africa Ministries is a small, Christian, children's home in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. They take care of orphans and abandoned children, and work to reunite the children with relatives or work to get the children foster parents, leading to adoption.
Our days involve waking up at 6:30 to walk the older children to school, and then home schooling the younger children. Throughout the day David and I work to tell the story of Rafiki through a documentary. I am behind my DSLR and David records sound and assists me with lighting. In the evenings we record interviews with the staff about Rafiki, with the aim of giving this documentary back to Rafiki so that they can use it as promotional material and raise more funds.
This trip was made possible from the CameraPro's Explorer's Grant
Over the week we have had the opportunity to go and visit rural villages with a camera and Polaroid printer. We have been taking portraits of the children, and printing the photos to give to the family to keep. Many of these families are not very wealthy, and do not have many possessions, meaning they do not have photographs of themselves. These images below are some of my favourite portraits from our visit to the rural villages.
These images were shot on the Sony a99ii with a Godox AD200 and octobox at high noon.
David and I have one more week at Rafiki Africa Ministries before travelling to Buwooya, a rural village where we will be working with Mission Trips Uganda to capture their story.
Thanks for following the adventure!