A Memory Book is a familiar album made of photos and drawings. A Memory Book is the legacy left by ugandan women with HIV who, 20 years ago, decided to fight against the illness and the rootlessness it causes, taking care of their sons and daughters even after their death.
NACWOLA is the only ugandan NGO ruled exclusively by women with HIV. It was created in 1992 by HIV women who dreamed a better future for their children. Nowadays it brings help to more than 150.000 women and orphans with microcredits and psyco-social projects such as Memory Books. A Memory Book is a family album made of photos, memories about lost relatives who died from HIV, but, above all, a MB is the legacy left by ugandan women with HIV who decided to fight against the virus and the rootlessness it causes, providing support, hope and relief to their sons and daughters, even before they pass away.
Between 2009 and 2010 I documented NACWOLA´s MB project, from south to northern Uganda,. Some of this places have been devastated by 25 years of war between Lord´s Resistance Army and Ugandan Government. In 2010 Anhua, the NGO I co-founded and create to raise awareness through photography, edited the photography book of "Memory Books", prologued by swedish writer Henning Mankell, whose benefits were addressed to support MB project among HIV orphans in northern Uganda.
In 2012 the photo essay about MB were granted with 1st Prize of Revela Award worth 10.000€ which were totally addressed to build the first orphanage for HIV children in Lira.
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