Amina Mohamed, founded Cameras For Girls to change the lives of girls and women in Uganda, through the power of photography.
Over 3-days in Uganda, we teach photography to local girls and women endeavouring to become journalists. These girls come from a Mass Communication and Journalism program at either Makerere University or Uganda Christian University. Each girl receives a camera to keep, and the training to tell stories that matter to them.
After the initial 3-day training is complete, five students who show the most aptitude and interest are chosen to work with me and a local NGO in the host country. This provides much-needed imagery to the NGO and the girls get field experience, while building a portfolio of written articles and images. This exercise helps them when competing for a job.
After returning to Canada, the training continues for the following year.
The girls are provided with:
- Weekly video tutorials on one aspect of photography
- Bi-weekly check-ins using Zoom so that we can discuss the concepts, while providing feedback on their photos.
- Monthly assignments to cement their training.
- Opportunities to attend a film-making camp to work on their video skills.
- Access to the editing lab twice a month.
After graduating from the course, the girls receive assistance with resume and cover letter writing. They also receive assistance with their Linkedin profile and practice applying for a job.