The project used our Picture Power approach - where communities are provided with the skills and equipment to conduct their own project evaluation and/or monitoring of a project. Participants use photography as a tool for gathering qualitative data on the changes and challenges that have been important to them during the lifecycle of a project.
This is part of our communications for development (C4D) work.
Healthcare for under-fives
The participants were analysing and documenting the Partnership for Improved Child Health (PICH) project - a partnership of the State government and our partners Jireh Doo Foundation and Ohonyeta Care Givers (OCAG), led by Christian Aid with funding from UK aid. The project goal is to help reduce mortality for children under five.
What did they do?
Ten community participants, including community-based health volunteers and community advocates, were chosen and trained in participatory photography in a two-day workshop. The participants were selected by our partner, ensuring a variety of different people - male, female, different ages, and not limited to the most outgoing participants.
The objective of the Picture Power project was to give participants a voice and the space to reflect about the benefits as well as the needs of their communities through the medium of photography.
They had two days of training in camera use and visual storytelling, and two additional days to take photographs.
How are the photos used?
After this, the images were captioned and edited, with the participants selecting their favourite images to present to their community in an exhibition. We see the photos as enablers – they gave marginalised, excluded and vulnerable people the space to reflect on the benefits of the project and barriers they face to access to quality health care services.
John's story in photos
Challenges before the project
John said that a lot of things have changed since the project started:
'The community have put their trust in me and bring me their children (to treat). They no longer have to go far distances. One lady, who I treated her child for free, she used the money instead to buy food, and for other things for the family.
'It can be very scary, for example if a child is convulsing, if you see the whites of their eyes. You have to explain to the mother, that she needs to take the child to hospital. I feel very emotional towards the child. I helped the caregiver to find transportation.'
Pauline's story in photos
Pauline Ola is a health volunteer and she also took part in the Picture Power project. Through her photos, Pauline shows the positive impact the project has had on her community but also some of the factors that contribute to children’s health.
The difference it made
- The photos, quotes and learning from Picture Power projects are used to adapt and improve our programmes.
- The content helps to raise awareness in communities about specific issues affecting a group or the whole community.
- The photos can be used to advocate at regional/national levels, fostering dialogue between communities and decision-makers.
- The approach helps communities to identify common challenges they face and find their own solutions to these challenges.
- The process supports and enhances our project monitoring and evaluation, bringing in extra information and direct feedback from communities themselves.
- Picture Power gives the participants a voice and agency, as well as developing new skills.
Overall project progress
children under-five have been reached by the project so far Project status as of December 2018