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And We Remain with Hope

Karen Sparacio | Uganda

Organization: Project Have Hope

After watching the photographer move through the community photographing, this group of children made their own "cameras" out of clay and turned them on the photographer.

The Acholi Quarter is comprised of displaced refugees who have struggled to rebuild their lives after fleeing from their homeland in Northern Uganda.  They have created "home" out of a slum.  They have maintained hope, despite having lost nearly everything. Their resilience and grace continues to thrive in their children, who flourish in an environment where they know peace, even if that peace is enveloped in poverty.

Photos are taken in conjunction with Project Have Hope, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda by providing education to both the women and their children and assisting the women to establish business opportunities to promote economic stability and sustainability.

As a photojournalist, I spent more than a decade taking photographs with the intent to illicit change and to encourage others to take action.  When I arrived in Uganda's Acholi Quarter in 2005, I realized that it was time for me to take action, action beyond that of a witness.  I founded Project Have Hope in 2006, and for more than ten years have used my photos as an instrument to create a better present and a brighter future for more than 100 families.

Project Have Hope

Karen Sparacio



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