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Go Love Africa

How many photos does the average American own of himself/herself?

In this age of “selfies,” personal handheld devices, and social media, it’s not unusual for a person to own hundreds of photos of themselves and their families.

 

But imagine if you didn’t own one photo of yourself.

 

It’s strange to think that a thing as simple as a photograph is not something that everyone has, but it is something largely taken for granted by people all across the world.

To have a photo of oneself or a family member is actually rare in some areas, especially in poorer, remote areas in most African nations – those are the areas that Go Love Africa targets.

 

Upon taking villagers’ portraits, battery-operated printers are used to directly print professional quality photos, and the photo is given to each person.

On the reverse side of each photo is a message of the Christian gospel typed in the villagers’ written language.

Note: In 2014, when the project began, we had given it the name "Geaux Love Africa," which "geaux" is a reference to Louisiana cajun-French culture. This is why some of the photos above have the Geaux Love Africa stamp.

 

In 2015, we changed the name to "Go Love Africa," which is the name that is now registered as a non-profit in the state of Louisiana and a nationally recognized 501c3.

Still Standing

Boy standing in Nankoma, Uganda