Mission : Make Visible the Invisibles and Inaudibles
The main objective of MyVoice is to aid street kids, the deaf and hearing-impaired by equipping them with skills
needed in photography to tell stories, while raising awareness to transform negative perspectives
into ones of inspiration and understanding around the society.
The beneficiary of myVoice journey needs to have certain criteria for him/her to be integrated in the program. We target people aged between 12-18. He/She is required to be motivated and standard sign language is essential to assist the beneficiary in the learning process. A passion for using photography as a tool for positive change is a requirement. On top of willingness to help drive our program forwards by assisting with communications, fundraising, and possibly logistics is When selected, the beneficiaries go through a six-months course which includes introduction, theory on photography, ethics and hands on experience. They’re also educated on different experimental techniques of practicing.
The beneficiaries have to work on internships projects. The work is then displayed in different exhibitions and galleries. Since we were set up in 2019 as a photography research project, we have made big strides. We started with five beneficiaries selected from five districts. They have gained a wide range of experience in photography. They have involved in different personal and community projects. In 2021, we plan to expand to forty beneficiaries from eight selected districts. With every plan forward by 2022, we hope to have 80 beneficiaries from fifteen districts. Our team is working hard to find ways to create a level playing field for those street kids and deaf people through photography, so that they too, can play a meaningful role in building tomorrow’s Rwanda.
By 2019, the first Five beneficiates were enrolled from Kigali, Nyarugenge and Gasabo districts.