This summer, in Kenya, five Canadians, Alyssa, Jenny, Paul, Joanna and Catherine will offer hope through the power of a camera lens to 15 orphans living with HIV/AIDS.
As part of PIGA PICHA and the Tumaini Children’s Project, our small team will teach a month-long photography and art workshop to children living at St-Claire’s Orphanage, in Kisumu, Kenya, about 350km NW of Nairobi.
The HIV/AIDS rate in Kisumu is 15%, considerably higher than Kenya’s national of 6.7%, according to A 2003 Kenya Demographic Health Survey. Canada’s rate in adults is 0.3%.
Through this workshop, kids will participate in an empowering local and international dialogue about the needs and wants of children living with HIV/AIDS in continental Africa. Their photographs will raise awareness through an exhibition at the World Youth Congress in Québec City this August and, finally, future exhibitions, prints, books and other income generating projects will provide the orphanage resources to care for the children.
We’re all super excited about this project and have already seen the promise and potential of these kids. Stay tuned!!!
For more information or if you’d like to make a contribution to the orphanage, please visit www.tumainichildrensproject.ca
The Tumaini Children’s Project is a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency (registration number B/N 888977790RR0001). Tax receipts can be issued for all donations over $20.