“I dream of a land where I call home as my colour orange gets brighter every day for I may encounter souls that paint my eyes the colours of the rainbow.”
I was introduced to Maisha, originally a piggy-bank in the shape of an orange elephant, while fundraising for my volunteer trip to Gulu, Uganda in 2011. The friend who gave it to me wanted me to name her and told me that everything in this world carries a soul as long as it holds a name…hence the story of Maisha began:
Maisha meaning “life” in Swahili brought joy, comfort and wonder to everyone around her while I was engaged in many different communities throughout my travels. I started Project Maisha to keep me company on the road, enlighten the places I travel and the people I travel with and add a sense of belonging while exploring new landscapes and cultures. There has been something comforting in discovering the world through the eyes of an elephant. As I moved from place to place, more memories and experiences were added to Maisha and it has become more so her journey than mine. It also allowed me to observe the way I perceive the world from the outside, almost as distant as a stranger yet as familiar and pleasant as the sensation of a place everyone calls home. I believe the concept of home is a lived experience. It fundamentally includes storytelling through which the representation of the self is shaped, informed, inspired and led by the spontaneity and interconnectedness of life.
Published articles about Project Maisha:
Album 1: CVAP Sports Gala
Album 2: TASO
Album 3: Baker's Fort
Album 4: Acholi Dance