A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Heather Davidson-Meyn of Fun Love Photography. She did a zoom interview with me and I am ever grateful for the opportunity to speak about my work with Cameras for Girls.
I spoke about how Cameras for Girls came to be and how it works.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each year, before our tour is to take place, we put out the call to local girls in Uganda, who are either still in University studying to be journalists or have completed their studies and looking for work. We ask them to fill out our application so that we know that this course will be the right fit for them;
We take the year before the workshop to fundraise for cameras as each girl gets a camera to keep, learn with and help her get a job in a very male-dominated workforce;
At the same time, we continue to offer online training to the girls that were in the previous year’s training – each month they receive assignments and each week they are provided training via a video tutorial that accompanies their handbook;
The initial training takes place over the first 3 days of the tour’s itinerary. We invite our travelers from Canada and/or the US to participate as there is always something they can learn and/or impart from their knowledge. Many of these girls have never touched a camera before, so the more we give to them, the more they can take away from the course.
After the initial 3-day course and the photo-tour is complete, I work with 5 of the best students and together we travel to a local NGO to work with them over 2 days. This provides the NGO with much-needed images to tell their stories and the girls with a portfolio of work (articles with photos) to compete for a job in the field of journalism.
You can listen to the interview here