Description: My grown daughter and I ventured into the war-torn northern part of Uganda to help begin a new poverty eradication project. Here in the village of Otuke, near Lira, the Shea nut trees grow wild and abundantly. The butter made from these nuts is highly desired for cosmetics, but because of the strife in this region ( Southern Sudan, Northern Uganda and Congo) this resource has not been used by the local people except for their own cooking and skin medicine. BeadforLife has established a successful project where now over 800 women gather these nuts and now 100 tons of Shea Butter are being exported, bringing the money for food, medicine, housing and school fees right back to these women.
On our first visit I went into this home, made of mud, with the only light coming in through the open doorway. That sliver of light landed perfectly on this young boy praying. The vague colors on either side are the floral prints on the women’s clothing, in the dark.