Uganda harbors one of the largest refugee settlements in the world, called Bidi Bidi. For the Obakki Foundation, I visited the settlement, where hundreds of thousands South-Sudanese refugees have sought shelter from the conflict in their neighboring country. In the week that I have spent in Bidi Bidi, I have portrayed over 150 women who work on several projects with the Canada-based organisation. The Obakki Foundation states that they have helped over 2 million people worldwide, providing access to education and clean drinking water.
Ever since Obakki was founded by Treana Peake in 2005, the main idea has always been that the Canadian fashion label absorbs all of the Obakki Foundation’s administrative costs, which allows 100% of donations to go directly to their philanthropic projects in places like Bidi Bidi.
The photographs I took in Bidi Bidi were shown at a fundraiser event in Vancouver. Later on, when Peake visits the women I have portrayed, she will hand over prints of my pictures to the ladies I’ve met. If you’d like to see a behind-the-scenes Instagram Story of my trip to Uganda, you can click here.