Rainbows 4 Children
I have been an enthusiastic photographer since the age of 6, when my father handed me his camera to take his photograph. When the result came back, perfectly framed, my reward was a camera of my own the following Christmas.
Ever since that moment I have used my camera to record journeys, events, and created records for historical or factual purposes. This approach has been invaluable during the past 15 years whilst my husband and I worked to fundraise and construct a school for 1400 children of parents with disabilities in Northern Ethiopia.
As we now go on to the next stage and build a technical and vocational training school at the same location in Ethiopia through our charity, Rainbows4children, photography will continue to play a critical role in this journey.
Photography is an essential tool in the modern world of social media and I use it to report progress of construction to donors, record special events, and give feedback to our donors and supporters of our student sponsorship programme. We all forget how quickly children grow up and seeing the cute 4-year old grow into a sophisticated teenager can be a surprise when supporters are unable to visit as regularly as we do. I have no doubt that without the regular reporting and evidence we send to our donors through the medium of photography, we would not have achieved this level of success at the Nicolas School, now rated the best quality school in the region.
all images © Kathryn Robinson