In early July 2018, Christian Aid conducted a participatory photography exercise for a health project in Narok country, Kenya. The project aims to tackle the nutrition needs of pregnant adolescents and teenage mums and their children. Narok has a high pregnancy rate, double the national average and the needs of adolescent girls are not met by the health system.
The participants included 13 adolescent girls (pregnant and new mums) who were asked to document through their photos answers to the following questions: Challenges you face when feeding yourself and your child; Difficulties you face as a pregnant teenager; Difficulties you face as a teenage mother. After 2 days the participants came together to discuss the photos and to select and caption their most significant photographs.
The following day, an exhibition was held in a school and was attended by community chiefs, a woman MP, adolescent girls, headteachers and mothers. Around 600 people attended the exhibition. The photographs were used as an entry point for Christian Aid staff and the participants to discuss the challenges faced by the teenage girls.
Photographer: Naomi Chepngetich Terer
Photographer: Faith Chepkoech
Pregnant for 50 shillings
Photographer: Mercy Cherono
No land, no food
Photographer: Ivine Chepkorir