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V3 is over – WHAT A PROJECT!

Give a Child a Camera 2018 has certainly been an emotional rollercoaster thus far.
Working with the inspirational children at the Uganda/Rwanda border has provided challenges, tears, smiles and some great imagery.

It’s always difficult meeting a group of kids for the first time, especially when they have come from such hard backgrounds.
A few of the children are HIV positive and many of them have mothers that are sex workers around the border town.

We started off with a couple of days of light workshops, talking about cameras, how to hold, use and the basic function, moving onto basic composition methods.

A day out to a waterfall and visitors centre was organised (the children had never left the town area) for some creative, blurred and fun imagery..accompanied by lunch and soda.

A rest couple of days followed, but a photo walk around the border was on The cards for one afternoon. Providing an insight into their lives on the border.

I’m eagerly awaiting the films to come back from Kampala this week ready for an editing session with the kids on friday…

Here are few special images from the last week
#giveachildacamera #Uganda

 

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The first sessions of the day for Give a Child a Camera

The first sessions of the day for Give a Child a Camera were in the Ugandan border town of Katuna, working with a truly amazing group of young people, many of whom have HIV, but are being supported by the tireless work of MARPs ( an organisation who i have partnered with that provides health, councilng and support to female sex workers) which receives its funding from USAID.

Tuesday we spent a few hours learning about the camera controls and the very basics of photography.

The children seemed to grasp the principles very fast so we headed out Wednesday to a local waterfall. It was the first time the children had left their area, so that partnered with lunch, photography and a thrilling minibus journey provided a real highpoint for the children.

Upon returning from the falls, i spent the evening at the border with the team. Perhaps one of the more heartbreaking moments was in town where we met a young lady with a young child, she was ‘going to work’ and had her child with her. When one of the health workers talked to her, she proudly said the kiddie had been given alcohol to make her sleep..apparently almost a daily occurrence, in an aid to make her life/work easier..needless to say she was also intoxicated.

What chance has that poor child got.

Below are a few phone snaps from the last couple of days.

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V3 Is Go……

After a short delay in running V3 for personal reasons, I’m really pleased to announce that it will now be underway in January 2018.

The project will be taking place in and around the towns of Kiniogo, Katuna and Rubaare Working with a group of vulnerable children, whose mothers are sex workers in these areas.

The children are under the supervision of an organisation that specialises in the care and wellbeing of their mothers – the sex workers (FSW). The organisation aims to ensure that the women are safe, looked after and their health is maintained.
Naturally a percentage of the women have tested positive for HIV, along with some of the children. However, with the drugs currently being offered their health is monitored by the organisation and to some extent they can maintain the lifestyle they need/require.

In January I will be working with a group of around 15 young children, where I will teach photography to the group, setting the children the objective of taking some photographs of their life and telling the story of what life in Uganda means for them.
They will have the opportunity to shoot a collection of images which will hopefully encompass their feelings, emotions and life challenges.

The project isn’t just about taking photographs, it is about providing an opportunity for a section of society in this region of Uganda to challenge themselves, using new technology (relatively speaking) to gain new skills and to have aspirations that would otherwise not be possible.
For some, the project may offer ‘a way out’, while for others it may offer the opportunity to learn a new skill and, ultimately a chance to develop that skill, or quite simply it may just offer an alternative form of learning and entertainment.

The culmination of V3 will see a mini exhibition at the offices of the FSW in Katuna, along with prints given to the children.

Upon returning to the UK I will be exhibiting their images, alongside a set of portraits of the women.
The children’s images will form the basis of the story and will include a small bio from each child.
The venue has yet to be found….

What about Eden School?……

Naturally, I will be paying a visit to Eden School – where, thanks to so many of you, so much great work has taken place over the last three years.
Although, as previously mentioned I am not directly running Give a Child a Camera at the school, I am keen to develop their camera loan system as well as fund their music and visual art programme.
You may remember, on my previous visit I took a  lovely donated full sized keyboard and, thanks to funding, paid for a music teacher – well, I’m pleased to say, Aubrey, the young music teacher has still been returning to the school (even though he was only paid for 9 months) to teach the children. I plan to use a small amount of the funding to pay for Aubrey to attend the school until the end of term 2018 – where he will continue to teach some of the children at Eden once a week. I believe this is so important to the wellbeing of the children and provides them with a fabulous skill.

As ever, thank you for your support for the project and if you happen to have any old cameras, spare change or a used laptop you would like to donate to the project, then please get in touch.

Please keep your eyes peeled for an update on my return.

 

 

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.

Purchase Beautiful prints of Africa

Purchase Beautiful prints of Africa – by the children of Uganda

Coming soon is the opportunity to purchase beautiful 14×11” prints from the children involved in #Giveachildacamera.

Finance raised from the sale of the images will go directly to the children/families involved in the project.

To register your interest please get in touch via the contact page. Contact

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Give a Child a Camera Talk in Norwich – 29th March

Rescheduled talk at Open in Norwich…

Thanks to those of you who had booked tickets to my talk in association with WEX photographic in January. Sadly, the talk was postponed and has now been rescheduled for 29th March – I hope to see you there

“Hear the story of how freelance photographer Julian Claxton discovered a small community school in rural Africa, where he fell in love with the children and went back to give them the gift of photography.

In a presentation interspersed with video clips, Julian talks about the project he set up, the benefits it gave to the local community, the journey the children have been on, and how more than fifty children went from never having held a camera to producing wonderfully emotive images of their lives.”

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/give-a-child-a-camera-seminar-with-julian-claxton-tickets-31593729696

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Wex Seminar | Open Norwich

Photo Credit : Child, Godwin – Eden School. Uganda

Fancy hearing all about the African photo project Give a Child a Camera?

Thursday January 26th, you can do just that!

Pop along to a talk I’m giving at Open in Norwich in association with those lovely folks at WEX Photographic.

I’ll be talking about the project, how I first set it up, showing some marvellous videos and inspiring you  all through the quality and amazing work these young photo students in Africa have shot.

Pop along to the eventbrite website for more information https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/give-a-child-a-camera-seminar-with-julian-claxton-tickets-28356522121