Mufindi Orphans, Tanzania

Written by Robin Grant, Photographed by Aimi Duong

Since the 1980’s, the AIDS virus left thousands of children in Mufindi without parents to raise them. Thankfully, in 2005, Geoff and Vicky Fox, a concerned couple active in Africa’s main industries, stepped in to help. They opened an NGO called Mufindi Orphans to look after the district’s orphans. While the entirety of the project is engaged in good work, the core feature of Mufindi Orphans would be the children’s villages; villages designed completely with child welfare in mind but also with the notion that cultural heritage is just as important for these children to hold on to.

The NGO also established an HIV/AIDS treatment centre to reduce the district’s alarming infection rates. While the project has seen some amazing successes, the team still knows that there is work left to do. Aimi Duong, the PWB staff photographer assigned to this project, has photos from Mufindi that show exactly this. Where there is devastation, there is also optimism for a brighter future. This is seen in the tender moments where a mother is nursing her child with powdered milk as not to spread the virus, and in the smile of a handicapped child who can now go to school. All thanks to Mufindi Orphans.

...the core feature of Mufindi Orphans would be the children’s villages...designed completely with child welfare in mind, but also with the notion that cultural heritage is just as important for these children to hold on to.

About the Photographer: Aimi Duong is a wedding-photographer turned world traveler. She began her photography career with her business, Love in Photographs, but after a 15-month trip to Southeast Asia widened comfort zone, her passion for global photography was unleashed. During her travels in Asia she gained an important perspective that allowed her to see and understand how people live around the world. This perspective can be seen in her photography in Uganda.

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