A Bottle of Hope
Each of the subjects in this portrait series lives within the slum area of Kisenyi III, in Kampala, Uganda. Kisenyi III, like many of Kampala’s slums, is slowly being cleared to make way for redevelopment and though the residents have formed associations to try to raise the money to buy the land on which their houses sit, most still live in fear that the bulldozers might arrive at any minute.
In this climate of fear and uncertainty an NGO called Shelter and Settlement Alternatives (SSA) started a project to put plastic bottle ‘lamps’ in the roofs of the houses of all willing participants. The invention works by refracting sunlight into the houses, and as long as the sun is shining there is free light inside the dark, windowless rooms. The response was immediate and enthusiastic, with a group of residents forming to buy the materials and learn how to make these lights. Read more about the lights here: http://daylight-project.org/
Each of the subjects is pictured holding the bottle ‘lamp’ they have made, before they are installed into their roofs. They might be uncertain how long their houses are safe for, and they truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring for them, but they all share a desire to improve their environment regardless of the opinion of those who would rather they were replaced with office blocks.