When I first assigned the students a personal photography project, they really impressed me with the variety of subjects they were interesting in pursuing. Christine in fact had several serious topics she wanted to delve into that we actually had to put on hold for now, as we felt they weren’t safe for a 14 year-old to be shooting on her own. She decided to pursue her story on teenage pregnancy, a problem which both the students and their parents told me is a real concern for young girls in Rwanda.
Christine worked hard on this story throughout the class and now as a journalist with GPI, and it was exciting to see it go up on the GPI newswire last week and immediately be picked up for syndication by other news outlets. It’s really great to have these stories being told by people within the community, and in this case who better than another teenage girl who sees the problem first-hand among her peers. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I did, great job Christine.
While it has been nice to get back to Oregon and our home here, I very much miss Rwanda and all of our friends there. Most of all, I wish I could still have classes every week with my amazing photography students, they are a talented group of young ladies whom I enjoyed getting to know and came to care deeply about. They also formed a special bond with my daughters who miss them as well, and we look forward to when we can go back again for a visit.
The young ladies of our photo class, checking out their test shots
Meanwhile the photography and journalism students have been hard at work, producing content for Ni Nyampinga magazine, and posting their first stories for the GPI Rwanda news desk. Check out their amazing work.
I am starting a new project that will have me traveling again and as that comes together I will share more about it. My plan is to also go back to Rwanda at some point to continue some of the work I started there this year.