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Today we are looking for (used) camera equipment for charity projects in Africa. Please read the story below.

This portrait I made of Samson. Samson lives in Ng’Ombe, Zambia. A place with the highest rates of HIV on earth. Here it is where Samson gives education to the youth about HIV as a volunteer for charity. This year he is doing his exams at high school. Samson has a passion for photography, but camera equipment is impossible to buy for people in this region of the world. During my visit in Zambia for charity organisation Orange Babies I noticed him and talked about his passion for photography. On my flight back to Europa I was thinking about how great it would be if we could support talented photographers near Orange Babies projects. Then they can report for the organisation directly and start a small business to feed their family and change their direct environment. I talked with CameraTools.nl and they where so kind to provide 2 Canon cameras with accessories. 
When I came back in Zambia this year I brought the camera for Samson and asked him to be my guide and assistant for 10 days, so he could learn from me in the field. These where 10 amazing days with a lot of fun and laughter. A few months later I am guiding him over the internet, as a mentor and a friend. The last week he shot his first paid job. Thanks to
Can you help? Today we are looking for (used) camera equipment for charity projects in Africa. Please read the story below. This portrait I made of Samson. Samson lives in Ng’Ombe, Zambia. A place with the highest rates of HIV on earth. Here it is where Samson gives education to the youth about HIV as a volunteer for charity. This year he is doing his exams at high school. Samson has a passion for photography, but camera equipment is impossible to buy for people in this region of the world. During my visit in Zambia for charity organisation Orange Babies I noticed him and talked about his passion for photography. On my flight back to Europa I was thinking about how great it would be if we could support talented photographers near Orange Babies projects. Then they can report for the organisation directly and start a small business to feed their family and change their direct environment. I talked with CameraTools.nl and they where so kind to provide 2 Canon cameras with accessories. When I came back in Zambia this year I brought the camera for Samson and asked him to be my guide and assistant for 10 days, so he could learn from me in the field. These where 10 amazing days with a lot of fun and laughter. A few months later I am guiding him over the internet, as a mentor and a friend. The last week he shot his first paid job. Thanks to "Stichting Opstap” he shot portraits of children at 2 projects in Zambia which he printed for the children to hang on their wall. Most of them never had a picture of them printed in their lives. He also got some requests from other projects in the region. Samson has still many miles to go, but at least the snowball started rolling. - So maybe you can help too? Samson doesn’t have a laptop to edit his pictures and movies on. Some extra lenses for his Canon EF camera would also be great. For example the Canon 50mm 1.8 lens would be great. We also would be very thankful to have 2 more camera with accessories for other Orange Babies regions. It doesn’t need to be the newest, but good enough to get a semi-professional result. Can you help? Please send a direct message or email to studio@adriankuipers.com THANK YOU! Regards Adrian
Thanks to everyone who have helped, Ruth now has the sun protection she really needed!

After I shot the portrait of Ruth and Isaac one year ago, I really felt the need to help Ruth. Besides the fact that living in Zambia as an albino is hard because of the traditional “being cursed” thought, it is maybe even harder conquering the strong African sun and avoid skin cancer. Unfortunately her mother could not buy her the protection she needed, so action was the only solution to help her survive.

By selling her printed portrait and all those generous people who helped collecting money, we are now able to protect her the next years. The Dutch company You & UV, that is specialized in UV products, helped with lotions, glasses, hats, custom made clothes and even nail polish that changes color when exposed to the sun. Which is not only a fun gadget, it also helps her getting out of the sun in time.

We also thought buying Isaac some clothes and food packages for both their parents. Although it was a little out of my comfort zone, we went to the market and bought some chickens. When I gave the chicken to one of the parents I asked if they knew how to deal with it. They where laughing and said “ofcourse we know, don’t you?!” An interesting thought.

It was a memorable day! Great to see the happiness, respect and equality at school. Founder Angela Malik told me that one of the most important things they teach is respect and equality. Although she looked different then all other children in the school, they all treated her the same as the others. A big difference with the older generation, who gossip about her and tell her she is curses. I can now see that it is really the next generation that will be the change. Beautiful.

Together we can make the world a better place!

Adrian -

The story of Ruth and Isaac is part of my I Am Alive project. 10 years of Africa photography for Orange Babies. The book is planned for September / October 2019. Keep you posted! -

Photo credits: Adrian Kuipers and Samson Kalyati -

#adriankuipers #iamalive #albino #africa #portraitphotography #orangebabies
Thanks to everyone who have helped, Ruth now has the sun protection she really needed! After I shot the portrait of Ruth and Isaac one year ago, I really felt the need to help Ruth. Besides the fact that living in Zambia as an albino is hard because of the traditional “being cursed” thought, it is maybe even harder conquering the strong African sun and avoid skin cancer. Unfortunately her mother could not buy her the protection she needed, so action was the only solution to help her survive. By selling her printed portrait and all those generous people who helped collecting money, we are now able to protect her the next years. The Dutch company You & UV, that is specialized in UV products, helped with lotions, glasses, hats, custom made clothes and even nail polish that changes color when exposed to the sun. Which is not only a fun gadget, it also helps her getting out of the sun in time. We also thought buying Isaac some clothes and food packages for both their parents. Although it was a little out of my comfort zone, we went to the market and bought some chickens. When I gave the chicken to one of the parents I asked if they knew how to deal with it. They where laughing and said “ofcourse we know, don’t you?!” An interesting thought. It was a memorable day! Great to see the happiness, respect and equality at school. Founder Angela Malik told me that one of the most important things they teach is respect and equality. Although she looked different then all other children in the school, they all treated her the same as the others. A big difference with the older generation, who gossip about her and tell her she is curses. I can now see that it is really the next generation that will be the change. Beautiful. Together we can make the world a better place! Adrian - The story of Ruth and Isaac is part of my I Am Alive project. 10 years of Africa photography for Orange Babies. The book is planned for September / October 2019. Keep you posted! - Photo credits: Adrian Kuipers and Samson Kalyati - #adriankuipers #iamalive #albino #africa #portraitphotography #orangebabies