Six years ago Karen Sparacio arrived in the Acholi Quarter as a photojournalist and after getting to know many women in the community and hearing their stories she founded Project Have Hope. The Acholi Quarter consists of about 10,000 people who were displaced from Northern Uganda during the tribal wars about 20 years ago. This non-profit works to change the lives of these women and their families encouraging them and helping them reach a brighter future. Programs of Project Have Hope include vocational trainings, child sponsorships and education. Karen also helps the women fund raise through the sale of their beautiful hand made paper bead jewelry. For the next few weeks there are also three volunteers here from the United States, Emma, Heidi and Mandy. They are joining Karen and the Acholi women of Project Have Hope and doing various programs within the community. I am here for the month working with and photographing Project Have Hope and community of the Acholi Quarter. When available I will also be updating the Project Have Hope blog but for now you can view them here:
Thank you – Katie Kaizer
Acholi women of Project Have Hope welcome us into the Quarter.
Peace Tile painting with the women and children.The tiles are part of fundraising efforts within Project Have Hope.
More Peace Tile painting.
Mandy and Heidi helping assemble the Peace Tiles with the women.
Working in the stone quarries of the quarter is the source of income for many.
My lovely host Santina in her home.