Mama Bavian, Kenya

CompanyMarina Shacola Photography
PhotographerMarina Shacola
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Four year old Bavian goes to school in Kimerek primary school in western kenya. Her mum Betty was only 15 years old when she had her and could not continue with her studies. Now she happily attends Kapkures secondary school thanks to the Sophia Foundation For Children which pays for her fees and supports children in need to get education and change their course of life for the better.

About Photographer

Marina Shacola (b. 1963, Cyrpus) is a photographer living and working between Cyprus and Kenya. Working specifically within the fields of portraiture and street photography, Marina began her career as a photographer for leading lifestyle magazines in Cyrpus. More recently Shacola has focused on projects concerning humanitarian and social issues on an international level. Some of these projects include 'ATHLOS' for the Athens Olympic Games, UNHCR projects in support of refugees, ‘Just Care' concerning the challenges of children in Africa, the 'Green Room' a tribute to the children of the Makarios Children's Home in Kenya. Marina has an MBA and holds degrees in law and sociology as well as a diploma in History of Art. She is the co-founder and president of the The Sophia Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization in Cyprus, created with the scope of helping children in need in Kenya and Cyprus to change their predicament through safety, nutrition, medical care, and education.