I am continually amazed at the tenacity of the girls I had the honor to teach photography to.
Take Vivian Nantambi for instance. She is determined to become a full-time photographer and even during the lock-down in Uganda, due to the current pandemic, she is finding creative ways to practice her photography, so that she can progress in her skills.
Vivian says it best in her own words
“My name is Nantambi Vivian.I never got the opportunity of growing up with my parents but fortunately for me I was raised by a children’s home called Watoto from a very young age of 5. I was offered education and last year I graduated with a first-class degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations. They taught me I am no accident and to use every opportunity that comes my way to make me a better person. You see unlike other children, people like me have to start from scratch to build ourselves and not depend on anyone. I thank God I got a job that pays 400,000 shillings a month ($148 CAD), at least I can survive on that. Tell you what every little penny matters. It doesn’t matter how small it is, I am thankful.
I really love photography, it lightens me up, one day I want to do it on an international level.
I am so happy I got accepted into the photography training with Triple F Photo Tours and Cameras for Girls and I am also happy Watoto found me. Both have given me hope and put a smile on my face. This is me. I am a bit shy about my story because most times people ridicule people like me. But I am glad I am me. “
Below are some photos that Vivian has taken over this past year of photography training. I think she will someday reach her goals as she is tenacious, filled with gratitude and knows how to turn those lemons into lemonade 🙂