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WORLD HERITAGE ORPHANS & VULNERABLE CHILDREN (WHOVC)…

IT STARTED AS A PHOTO DIARY PROJECT...

The aim of the Photo Diary Projects is to give young people a voice to frame the world in their own terms. So as part of the Wales Africa Community Links, trustee Cordelia Weedon set up a Photo Diary Project in Uganda in 2009, collaborating with local teachers and community workers. More recently this project has evolved into working with children supported by the charity on the Orphans & Vulnerable Children’s Projects.

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PROJECT REPORT BY CORDELIA WEEDON, TRUSTEE

The initial photo diary projects helped to make links between Newtown and Kumi through local schools, enabling the children in both countries to learn about different cultures. In 2013 community workers and children who are supported by the charity in Ngora took part in photo diary workshops. This way of using photography has become an important part of assessing the impact of the successes and challenges of Dolen Ffermio’s work in Uganda.

More recently Cordelia has been closely involved in setting up support for young people living alongside the ancient Nyero Rock Paintings – the World Heritage Orphans & Vulnerable Children’s Project. This group of young people were also included in the most recent photo diary project in 2016.

The process involves looking at and discussing photographic images, followed by experimenting with practical tasks to help with composition and basic technical skills using cameras that they are given, then later editing their images with text and additional artwork. Documentary Photography has the potential to implement change in society and the participatory approach is a way of seeing things through the eyes of local communities, and their work on these projects has been crucial to the process of raising awareness.

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