“In Uganda, a School to Call Home” on exhibit

Orphans at the Great Kings and Queens Children's Centre outside of Kampala, Uganda.  © Martha Rial 2015

Orphans at the Great Kings and Queens Children’s Centre outside of Kampala, Uganda.
© Martha Rial 2015

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces photography exhibit by Martha Rial, IN UGANDA, A SCHOOL TO CALL HOME will be on view through Sunday, November 13, at 937 Liberty Gallery, 2nd floor, located at 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. This photography exhibition is free and open to the public. 937 Liberty Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Martha Rial’s photography exhibit, IN UGANDA, A SCHOOL TO CALL HOME, depicts the efforts by two extraordinary individuals Medi Bugembe and Victoria Nalongo Namusisi to empower children living in poverty through education in Uganda. Victoria Nalongo Namusisi adopted Medi Bugembe and saved him from a life in the streets. Medi is now giving back, running The Great Kings and Queens Children’s Center, which harbors more than 400 students. He has turned his own pain into a positive outcome, helping to empower children living in extreme poverty. Victoria Nalongo Namusisi is the co-founder of Bright Kids Uganda whose mission is to rescue vulnerable and economically disadvantaged children from the dire circumstances in which they are currently living, by providing housing, their basic necessities, and education. For more information, visit brightkidsuganda.net.

“Victoria Nalongo Namusisi and Medi Bugembe are extraordinary human beings. I am honored to share their story with Pittsburgh audiences. I believe viewers will be inspired by their message of healing and how one person can make a difference in our world,” shared Martha Rial.

While researching this project, Rial learned Uganda, an East African nation, is considered to be among the poorest and most politically corrupt countries in the world. In this nation of almost 39 million people, an infamous civil war waged by the Lord’s Resistance Army has resulted in tens of thousands of casualties, extreme torture and atrocities, and the dislocation of more than a million people. Nearly half the population is under the age of 15, and an estimated 2 million children have been orphaned.

Martha Rial has received international acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize, among other awards for her work. She specializes in documentary, editorial and portrait photography.

For more information about Martha Rial, martharial.com.

Photo: Orphans at the Great Kings and Queens Children’s Centre outside of Kampala, Uganda. © Martha Rial 2015