In December I'll be heading back to Uganda. Along with a few dedicated volunteers, we'll celebrate the accomplishments of and bring closure to the thirteen-year-long run of the not-for-profit organization (Change the Truth) I founded in 2006.
There's much to do to prepare for the trip, of course. For now I've been sifting through the photographs I made during my eleven visits. It's exciting to discover new images - those that were previously overlooked and one of which is pictured above. While most of the photographs I've made in Uganda have been of the children who stay at the orphanage CTT helped support, I'd often photograph the people who live in and around the village of Kajjansi, where the orphanage and its school are located.
It's a pretty large body of work, and no doubt I will add to it on this final trip. I feel good about the images I've made in Uganda, but mostly I'm proud of the work done by Change the Truth. Because of many generous people, we've been able to provide high school, vocational and university educations to countless students (who were vulnerable and without hope when we first met and who are now standing on their own two feet). Over the years we've provided things like food, counseling, clothing, medical care, instruments for a marching band, seeds for a garden, laptop computers, solar lighting, a new kitchen, and new mattresses/sheets/blankets for the dorms. We provided love and friendship. We've also been able to provide volunteer opportunities to over 50 kind and adventurous volunteers who traveled with me to teach gardening, yoga, art, music, etc., many of whom told me the trip(s) forever changed their lives. (Most volunteers returned for more than one trip because of the bonds they formed and the work they felt still called them.)
I'll share more as we lead up to the trip and will keep you posted while we're there. December will be here before I know it, and I can't wait!