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Today we had a great experience of going to visit a local home with a woman from Living Hope (if you haven’t read my earlier post on Living Hope – please do. They’re phenomenal!). The woman I visited was so beautiful – laughing and smiling the entire time. It wasn't until afterwards I learned A bit of her story. She had been abducted when she was around 10years old – my own daughter’s age. She was given to a commander in the LRA (Kony’s army) as a wife and had to give birth in the bush to her children. She managed to flee and successfully escape. As one of the other women shared about her own similar story with Cam… she knew if she stayed in the LRC she would likely die. If she went home – she had been threatened to be murdered. Either way she would

Today, was our second day here (that’s it?) and we went to Living Hope. Wow. I knew nothing about Living Hope – but when their director Christine told us all about it, I was fighting back tears. It is so beautiful. Let me explain…. Living Hope’s goal is to restore dignity to women. All the women who are at Living Hope each day are either HIV positive or were former child soldiers, or somehow effected by the LRA. There are women there who were abducted as young as 9 and 10 years old, made to walk 600miles and then the first thing they are taught is how to kill. Weapons. They were then returned home and forced to kill their own families – giving them no reason to leave their abductors. They have been raped, mutilated, and abused in every sense of the word. There are women there who have had

June 20, 2012 Uganda

I'm here in Uganda - and loving it so far! Seriously blown away by Watoto and their work here! Can't wait to blog in detail! Celebrating life and love, Krista

As most of you know, I am headed to Uganda, Africa this Sunday. I've had lots of questions about my trip - so wanted to write a bit about it and answer for everyone. About a month and a half ago a friend told me about a photography contest Watoto was having to send three photographers to Uganda. My dream has been to go to Africa and photograph their people - so I had to enter! AFter that, pieces have been falling into place and I was beyond shocked to receive word I was one of the three winners! I had a month's notice to get ready and go! And now the time is almost here. My team consists of 6 photographers including myself. To say I am humbled to be in their group is an understatement. No, I'm not just being polite - go check out their links

A couple weeks ago a friend emailed me about a photo contest through Watoto and British Airways. When I read the prize, my heart skipped a beat. I had to enter! What was the prize you ask? A trip to Uganda, Africa to photograph Watoto's projects... and to be mentored by three top photo journalists. Seriously. This to me is my dream trip of a lifetime. I don't dream of all inclusive resorts... I dream of Africa. Of meeting people and hearing their stories, seeing how they live and sharing these moments with my camera. I dream of bringing awareness to issues and people - bring a voice to the voiceless - through my camera. Tonight my dream came true. One month from today, I leave for Africa. I still can hardly believe this. I was sure it was a typ-o in the email sender line or that they had misdialed

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