There are countless ways to describe prosperity and poverty and how it translates in daily life experiences. On a recent trip to Kenya, I was invited to visit both a thriving Masai village community and a small school in Kibera, Nairobi, that was made of mud and scraps of tin. It was an honour to be so warmly welcomed in both places and I was encouraged to ask questions and take photographs.
Kibera is the 2nd largest slum in Africa and I was deeply saddened to see the appalling conditions that the people live in.
I have created a small photo essay that represents some of the strength, sadness, and joy that I saw in the eyes of the people I met. Only a small number of children in Kibera are able to go to school. They have hope and courage while they attend to their studies. The tiny school, against incredible odds, offers a place of caring, learning, and hope for the children.
I have submitted my photo essay called “Prosperity, Poverty, Hope” to a photography contest. I hope you will take a look and “collect” it so that I have an opportunity to have my images shared with others. If I won, I would use the prize to travel and learn more about the lives of people in other cultures as well as contribute to the school I visited in Kibera.