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Alice McCool raised £11,012.15 from 233 supporters


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Closed 11/06/2021

raised of £11,000 target by 233 supporters

    Weʼve raised £11,012 to send a queer Ugandan photographer to school!

    London / Kampala
    Funded on Friday, 11th June 2021

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    Hi everyone. I'm a journalist based between the UK and East Africa, and I'm fundraising to help out a wonderful friend and talented fellow photographer, De. The past year has been hard for all of us, but they will appreciate whatever you can give. We are fundraising to support De to study at the Market Photo Workshop school in Johannesburg, South Africa - a huge opportunity for someone from an underrepresented community in the photography world to pursue their dream. De and their daughter have now made it to SA, but all their costs aren't covered yet so please keep sharing and giving!

    Please read their story and a breakdown of the costs we are fundraising for below. And if you're feeling really generous and donate over $500 (or £350 quid) you will receive a print of De's work: / Thank you! Alice x

    "My name is De Lovie Kwagala, and I am an award-winning queer, non-binary photographer, artist and activist currently living and working in Kampala, Uganda. My work is a celebration of queerness which brings attention to marginalised groups without victimising or fetishising them. In only three years, teaching myself, I have achieved a lot - against many odds.

    In Uganda, LGBTQ+ people are at risk of verbal, physical and sexual violence on a daily basis. Many community members also struggle to access work and educational opportunities. Despite this, I now have the opportunity to take my craft to another level, and have been accepted to study at the Market Photo Workshop school in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2021. But the expenses around rent and general livelihood for my seven year old daughter and I are overwhelmingly high. In 2019, I applied for the school grant for enrolment in 2020, but I just missed out, coming in third. I planned to save up this year and fund myself - then 2020 happened and I was drained of my savings.

    I was raised by a single parent and, as fate might have it, I turned out to be one too. Watching my mother struggle with raising and schooling us taught me one big lesson - to not stop until you make it. I love what I do, and I yearn for the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills through a formal education in my field. Getting into this school has been a huge dream of mine and now that it is finally in my grasp, I refuse to let anything stop me.

    School fees for myself are already covered, plus 4 months of rent, but I am hoping to raise $15,000 USD in order to pay for my remaining rent, living expenses and school fees for my daughter for 12 months. Being a single parent while studying means I'll have little to no time to support myself and work to cover all of these costs. This means I need your support on this exciting journey, to learn from the best of the best, on African soil. Whatever you are able to give, no matter how small, helps and goes a long way. Thank you."


    $500 - Rent and utilities

    $300 - Food

    $500 - Miscellaneous (e.g. school equipment)

    $150 - Transportation

    $250 - Child's school fees (inc. a few hours of daycare)

    Total cost for 12 months - $14,900 / £11,000



    • Alice McCool2 months ago
      Alice McCool

      Alice McCool

      2 months ago

      We did it! THANK YOU EVERYONE X

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    • Alice McCool5 months ago
      Alice McCool

      Alice McCool

      5 months ago

      Did you know that Favour is a photographer too? We're so grateful to have got to 76% - so close to reaching De's goal! Not quite there yet though, so please keep donating and sharing if you can :) Happy Friday! x

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    • Alice McCool5 months ago
      Alice McCool

      Alice McCool

      5 months ago

      BIG NEWS: thanks to you guys, De and Favour have made it to South Africa! They are overwhelmed by the support and can't believe we've already raised nearly £8,000 - over 70% of their target! De and Favour's expenses for the year aren't covered yet though, so please keeping sharing and donating <3

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    • Mama C

      Mama C

      May 30, 2021

      Your talent is amazing! Good luck in all your endeavors!


    • Rhiannon Adam

      Rhiannon Adam

      May 28, 2021

      Go De!


    • Anonymous


      May 27, 2021


    • Carolyn


      May 27, 2021


    • Anonymous


      May 26, 2021

      You are very talented!


    • Anonymous


      May 19, 2021


    • Anna


      May 18, 2021

      All the best De! x


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