We celebrate women at Tutapona...and around here we're surrounded by strong, powerful, resilient and hard working women every. single. day! The majority of the people in our programs are women and we find ourselves advocating for them daily. So today, on International Women's Day, we wanted to bring you 10 photos that celebrate Womanhood in all it's glorious beauty and strength. All Photos by the talented Tutapona volunteer @Candice Lassey! #internationalwomensday
When her Somali daughter fell pregnant to a Ugandan man, the community told her to stone her. Instead, she chose to love - and this is what love looks like.
If only you could see what her eyes have seen and hear what her eyes have heard, you would get a glimpse into the courage and bravery behind her smile. Her past may be clouded with sorrow, but her future is bright with hope.
Jjajja from Pageya
She's a pillar in her community - she's lived through civil wars and genocides and she's survived each one with courage and bravery.
Mama from Burundi
She is covered in strength and dignity; she smiles at the prospect of her future.
Mama from Pageya
Bullet holes and knife wounds remain as a testament to her audacity - A reminder that strong women don't just survive, they thrive.
Mama from DRCongo
True freedom takes courage. It takes boldness to free herself from her past and look fearlessly at her future.
And with freedom, comes joy.
She sits silently on her thin mattress, holding her newborn twins while her two year old tries to drink from the Jerry Can. She refused to give up when her husband was killed and she refuses to give up now.
Nights spent hidden in jungles, days spent ploughing through forests. It was worth it for freedom. It was worth it for peace.
While the other children run and hide behind the houses, tents and trees, she firmly plants her feet, puts her shawl over her head and smiles for a picture.
Rose & Sophie
They'll do anything to make sure the refugees have the best chance at rehabilitation, even if that means they help to build a classroom!