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Friendship Village

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Ever since I traveled to Kampala, Uganda in 2006 I have wanted to tell the story about the village BeadforLife ( was creating with its members.  On our first visit we learned that affordable housing was a dream for the women who were trying to lift themselves out of extreme life crushing poverty.  Almost all wished for a home that they would own rather than rent.  They said if they could accomplish that they would no longer be poor.  The staff was still looking for the right piece of land during that visit.  When I returned to Kampala two years later my eyes popped.  A village had risen up outside of Kampala and women were saying goodbye to poverty forever.  HDNet’s World Report  ( aired our story about Friendship Village and in case you missed it I wanted to share it with you.   Paul Hillman of Seattle was the cinematographer, Godwin Opuly of Kampala was second camera and also ran audio, Bliss Bishop of HDNet was the editor and Jennifer London narrates.   


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Author: Vicky Collins

Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that including network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer who is particularly interested in world travel and issues of global poverty. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at To contact Vicky Collins directly email or tweet @vickycollins.

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