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Young mothers empowered via photography


A Canadian Camera company — Photo Central — has donated six cameras to Precious Life Foundation, through Makomo Arts Trust to help young mothers use photography to earn a living.


Oria Mambira, a trustee at Makomo Arts Trust, told Southern Eye Lifestyle that they wanted “to give a voice to voiceless people and an avenue for expression” through photography.

“These young mothers have experienced problems due to teenage pregnancy such as poverty, lack of access to education and lack of family support.

“I believe photography is an alternative to usual forms of communication or expression.

“They are able to tell their stories through the photographs they capture,” Mambira said.

Photographs that were ranged from $50 to $300 and were displayed at the National Gallery in Bulawayo for an exhibition which saw local celebrities attending on March 14. National Arts Merit Awards winner and writer Fortune Tazvivinga commended the exhibition.

“This was an amazing exhibition. The girls have learnt the skill of photography and I believe this has made a difference in their lives,” she said.

Bongo Love’s baritone and marimba player Mpho Mambira said the exhibition was a good concept.

“It is a privilege for these girls to gain this opportunity. They have acquired the skill and have taken good shots,” he said.

Founder of Precious Life Foundation, Agnes Kwenda, said she was grateful to Makomo Arts, the channel which helped the girls to acquire photography skills leading to the amateur photographers based on hope.

“These young women need assistance with their babies while at the same time gaining skills and employment to support themselves,” she said.

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