Happy New Year. I hope that we have not grown weary of hearing and responding to that phrase. And I am not promising to be the last person to say that to you, just yet.
This took place on January 17 2012 in Kikube Village, Masindi District. The Conference was initially aimed at giving voice to the poor people, those that are directly affected by the Millennium Development Goals. (MDG). The conversation for 2012 was mainly about rural electrification and voice was given to the local people: the school going children, the teachers, the parents, the farmers, the small business owners : those that are affected by poor service delivery. During this conference, 15 year old girls in Masindi were given the opportunity to chat with 15 year old girls in America via @GirlUp a UN foundation initiative that unites girls from around the world. This was done on Twitter. The girls exchanged views and ideas on fashion, daily house hold chores, school ups and downs (especially how hard and easy maths is as a subject.) The accounts are captured in the following blog posts : AfricaOnTheBlog, BusinessFightsPoverty, EthnicSupplies, ThinkingDifferent
Kisenyi Photo Shoot
I think that we often take things for granted. Like the fact that we are able to have a picture of ourselves taken, either by an amateur photographer like our friends or siblings, or by a professional photographer. A few tweeps (people on Twitter) led by Andy Kristian and coordinated by yours truly on January 28 2012 went down to Ugandan’s biggest slum to give the children, mothers and fathers an opportunity to have their pictures taken. The results were mind blowing and are captured n the following blogs: Andy Kristian , Rosebell Kagumire , Edward Echwalu and Ruth Aine . 2013 Edition is in the works. Details to soon follow.
” It started out as a facebook page and ended up as a family and lifestyle with the possible dream of changing the world in our own way. We didn’t take poverty away or put an end to war…Diseases shall still remain and we don’t have the power to stop natural disasters..but if there is one thing we did very well…it is LOVE!!”
Those are the humbling words of Esther Kalenzi the founder of 40 Days over 40 smiles initiative. I am still in awe of how this little army started. It started on February 27 2012. Esther Kalenzi woke up and decided that she was going to bring the joy of Jesus Christ’s ressurection to those little children that have no home and no one to call family. This she envisioned would be fulfilled if ‘we all made sacrifices during lent.’ 10 months down the road, the charity is still running on Facebook and it has grown from just a page of ‘Facebookers’ to a family. (Detailed Interview with Esther to soon follow). Some of the blogs on this campaign : ProggieUg, DailyMonitor, Bree, Kuzic.
|One of the pictures from www.myuganda256.com|
This one is my baby. I love pictures, I love photography. I love being spontaneous. So when Collins Mugume (@cmugume) approached me with the borrowed idea I did not hesitate. Anyone and everyone with the instagram application on their phone is able and welcome to be a part of this. All that you have to do is, take a picture and as you upload it onto instagram tag it #myuganda256 or #256moments. It will automatically be uploaded onto www.myuganda256.com It is as simple as that. So far, there are about 617 photos uploaded onto instagram and the site. They are an amazing array of different shots of Ugandans living their lives. Blogs on this : ProggieUg