Both of my most recent videos feature individuals who have made a difference in the lives of others in East Africa by giving their time and resources to assist in the causes of education and women’s empowerment.
The above video was shot in Kibera, which is known for being East Africa’s largest slum. I had to keep well on my toes while shooting here, as the neighborhood can be dicey. We hired guides and watchmen to look out for us and to help control the curious crowds. There’s a bit of male-bashing in this piece, but it appears to be well-deserved. For anyone looking to begin a new NGO in Kenya, may I suggest addressing absentee fathers and the break-up of the family.
On the whole, women in Sub-Saharan Africa face more challenges than men. Care for Kenya works with women in Kibera and Kisumu, most of whom are HIV positive, to empower them both socially and economically. Through this two-pronged approach women experience better livelihoods and stronger families.
I have to hand it to David Levis, ChildFund‘s Facebook Experience of A Lifetime winner. David, a high school teacher from California, recently traveled to Uganda to visit five of the fourteen children he and his family sponsor. Yes, that’s right. Fourteen. David, his wife, and their three children make a lot of sacrifices in order to sponsor these children. The above video chronicles his thoughts and experiences during his week-long journey to Uganda.
Sit long enough in any given location in Africa and if it’s not already, music will start playing. Music is always an integral part of my videos, and the ubiquitous presence of song and dance in Africa makes it easy to incorporate in my work. Soundtracks for both of these videos were recorded during the course of each assignment.