Samantha Byakatuka is a 23-year-old young woman who recently graduated from Uganda Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications Degree and a major in journalism. She currently works at Success Africa and strives to become a well known and respected journalist in Uganda.
After the initial 3-day photography training in Kampala, Uganda, Samantha also took part in a 5-day filmmaking camp with our partner Youth Arts Movement Uganda. She was able to further her story-telling abilities and keep building out her repertoire of skills for her journalism career.
Woking with themes of gender equality and female empowerment, not only do we work on teaching photography to the girls in the Cameras For Girls program, but we enable them with business skills as well.
We help them refine their resumes and their cover letters and build out a good Linkedin profile as well. The goal for some of these girls is to work abroad in developed countries. Therefore providing them with these necessary skills can enable them to reach far and wide in their endeavours.
Samantha says, “Learning photography without paying a penny is a huge blessing for me because photography has always been a passion to me. And therefore learning and practicing what I love at no cost is exciting. Having a camera is going to bring me miracles. With extra effort and practice, I know I’ll bless many lives with my photography and be able to earn a living. I’m thankful to Amina Mohamed from Cameras For Girls, for giving me this opportunity.”
Photo Credit by DanielMoxie0.
Daniel, along with Kenny_g_mulinde, held a 2-day photoshoot so the girls could get their professional headshots done. It’s a part of our whole program to give the young ladies and girls in our Cameras For Girls program the best chances to obtain employment in Uganda.
Below are some of the images Samantha has taken since she started learning photography through Cameras For Girls.