In 1906 in his book 'My African Journey' Winston Churchill called Uganda 'The Pearl of Africa'. Since then and particularly during the regimes of Presidents Idi Amin and Milton Obote the pearl has lost its lustre. Since political stability in 1986 Uganda has been struggling to find a new future, and also recover from a devastating HIV/ AIDS epidemic.
Landlocked Uganda crosses the equator, and is about the same size as the UK. It has a population of over 30,000,000, and there are an estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV, which includes 150,000 children. Over 1.2 million children have been orphaned.
The Quicken Trust initially began supporting Kabubbu orphans in the year 2000. The charity is a Sussex derived education and community project with many of the Ugandan children now sponsored from the UK. In 2000 the residents called themselves 'The Forgotten People'. Thanks to the Quicken Trust they now have both primary and secondary schools, clean water, a maternity unit, health centre and HIV clinic. They are no longer 'forgotten'.
To visit Africa is to re-discover and define the basics of life. Charity documentary is a powerful antidote to the transcience of my more commercial work, and re-connects me to something greater than myself.
'The Forgotten People’ is my latest personal project, following a visit to Uganda earlier this year as a volunteer for the Quicken Trust (Registered Charity No. 1102474). I recently exhibited this work at the Trinity Gallery, Hastings as part of the Photo Fringe event for the Brighton Photo Biennial. My aim was to raise awareness for the charity, help deepen UK links with Uganda and find sponsors for more of the Kabubbu orphans.
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