African Film Adventure 2013 (Uganda)

£595 of £2,550 goal

Raised by 12 people in 66 months
Since August 2013, I've been based in Uganda, taking part in an exciting new project. For 3 months, I'm living in a remote village in the southwest of the country near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, on the border with the Congo and Rwanda. I'm lending my skills and experience as a TV producer/director to help launch a film initiative there that will promote awareness of important conservation, health and development issues in the region.

I'm part of a small international team run by a fantastic grassroots organisation called Big Beyond, who are working across East Africa on projects to help poor communities become self-sustaining and not rely on charity handouts. Living conditions in the village are basic - no electricity or running water, just solar power! - and filming resources are as limited and challenging as anything I've encountered in my adventures so far!




I'm contributing my skills and time for free, as this is the only way the project can afford to recruit someone like me to do much-needed work on the ground. As well as filming/documenting local communities, I'm transferring skills, encouraging the locals to get behind the camera and film their own stories.

The aim is to use film as a vehicle for disseminating crucial health and conservation messages throughout the remote communities of Bwindi and to incorporate a unique "pedal power" scheme to generate the power to show the films. A key aspect will be filming the beautiful but rare mountain gorillas as part of the Great Apes Film Initiative (GAFI).

I'd be so grateful if you could support my efforts by making a donation, however small, to help cover the costs of my food and lodgings for the expedition (£2,550 for 3 months). I've already covered the cost of my return flight. Your gift will not only benefit me, but will contribute to a unique film project that will make an incredible difference to the lives and well-being of people on the ground in Africa - people I'm keen to get to know personally over the next three months. In return, I can't wait to share my adventure with you via blogs, films and photographs, here on this page and on my website at http://jeaniedavison.com.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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Update 17
Posted by Jeanie Davison
63 months ago
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An emotional last day in Uganda as I say goodbye to all the wonderful people I've been working with here on Film Africa. Yes, my three months are up - but happily, I'll be remaining Project Director of the initiative to raise funds, find equipment and keep steering progress. Bye bye people of Rubuguri, you've been amazing!
Saying goodbye to some of the kids...
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Update 16
Posted by Jeanie Davison
63 months ago
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Amazing day tracking mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park here in SW Uganda. It was a steep and muddy climb up the mountain to find them - but wow, was it worth it!
This gorilla was a natural poser!
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Update 15
Posted by Jeanie Davison
63 months ago
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My first four Ugandan film trainees graduated today with flying colours! So proud.
Kobs, Amos, Justus and James
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Update 14
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63 months ago
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A great day filming a very special ceremony here in SW Uganda - the "stretcher groups" I've been teaching first aid, disease prevention and nutrition to got their graduation certificates today!
Proud to see my students graduate!
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£595 of £2,550 goal

Raised by 12 people in 66 months
Created August 3, 2013
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JD
£100
Jean & John Davison
63 months ago

Good luck with the project.

MH
£50
Micah Harrison
63 months ago

Happy Birthday!! I love your passion for your project and hope this helps.

£20
Anonymous
63 months ago
RH
£15
Raewyn Humphries
64 months ago

Always inspiring, the way you live your dreams, Jeanie. :-)

LC
£10
LAURA CALDERBANK
65 months ago

with very best wishes

JS
£50
James Scott
66 months ago

A worthy cause for a great person...

JC
£25
John Yavuz Can
66 months ago
JW
£100
jonathan wolfman
66 months ago

Love it, and stay safe and healthy

OE
£75
Overland Expo
66 months ago

Fantastic project, thank you for giving back to the world through your great talents.

CD
£100
Catherine Davison
66 months ago

A small gift for your next adventure - have a great trip.

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