Joy For Children & Communities
In September 19 I travelled to Kampala, Uganda to work with an NGO Joy For Children and Communities. The charity focuses on development projects that empower and provide for some of the most disadvantaged people in the poorest areas of Kampala and I had the pleasure of being alongside the team and photographing the work that they do.
There's a beautiful quote from the founder of the charity, “if you empower a woman, you don't just empower that woman, you empower the family and you change the culture of the children." And it's so visible in the work that the charity has done, these women are so amazing and one little paragraph under these photos can't even scratch the surface of what I want to say. I urge you to go and read about the women’s meetings initiated by Joy for Children and Communities and the training and savings project on their website. At the beginning only 15 women met together, now JFCC is in touch with over 300 women. Individuals have successfully started and developed their own businesses after learning from training in the meetings so many women have transformed in confidence and happiness. Bringing these women together has provided a social network/community creating friendships that provide a support network for the women and it is the community-led based work of JFCC that has enabled all of the above to happen.
Another side to the charity is the Disabilities projects, in Uganda it is estimated that 7.2% of the population are living with a disability and 30% of those are children. People with a disability face stigma and discrimination and so it was amazing to shadow Lynda, Children with Disabilities officer, as she empowered parents to take care of their children. By Lynda showing love and being alongside these families, community perspectives have begun to change and they are beginning to see more positive views on disability through neighbourhood meetings and community outreach days. As I sat on the floor of Irene's home working out how I could get a shot with such tiny amount of light coming through the doorway, I watched as Lynda led her session. There's something so powerful about being alongside people, I didn't go out there to make any changes or "fix" a problem, and that's what the charity does so beautifully. Joy for Children empowers the women and children within the poorest communities in Kampala.
If you want to learn more about the work Joy for Children and Communities does or you would like to support them, please visit
*Under the umbrella of working for Joy for Children I have permission to take photographs and share work of the children and women involved within the projects.