Photo Journal: …
Participating children were briefed to take photos that represent their daily life and to write an accompanying story that describes their life. A selection of these photos and quotes from these stories are presented here.
The photos in this presentation were taken by 18 children from the Amajuba district of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Photo Journal initiative was designed as an advocacy tool, with the intention of giving participating community members a channel with which to voice their life experiences.
By inviting children to share their views of life, the intention was to show the day-to-day reality of a sample of Amajuba’s children, who represent the lives of so many others living in the district and around South Africa.
In sharing their realities, these children set out to remind local government and non-governmental organisations about the type of challenges South African children face each day.
The photos are not air-brushed nor photographically perfect , they were taken by children with disposable cameras. Many of these children had never used a camera before.
Call to Action:
The variety of challenges highlighted by the children in the Photo Journal process illustrates the need for service delivery responses from a multiplicity of local government departments (Water and Electricity, Housing,Transport, Health, Social Development, Home Affairs, Education, Public Works).
The Photo Journal initiative forms part of a call for local government departments to come together to develop an integrated child welfare management plan for the Amajuba district.
Currently, few municipalities and local government departments participate in the National Integrated Plan (NIP) forum, which has been identified at a national level as a mechanism for planning the delivery of services for orphans and other vulnerable children.
Without the participation of each government department, most departments continue to act in silos and activities are duplicated across annual plans – whilst the vulnerability of children persists.
To have any hope of effectively impacting on the lives of children like those in this presentation, there is a need for all local government departments to participate in the National Integrated Plan (NIP) forum and in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) planning cycle.
Both of these forums have been established in the Amajuba district, but are not fully operational owing to a lack of departmental participation.