Culture

Building a future with clay bricks

A photograph of the author, Austin Bailey.

By Austin Bailey

November 2, 2018

Building a future with clay bricks
Ojok Ivan Emmanuel, 17, and his brother Ronnie Owekgiu, 12, work together to pile up clay bricks.
Ojok Ivan Emmanuel, 17, and his brother Ronnie Owekgiu, 12, work together to pile up clay bricks.


Ojok Ivan Emmanuel, 17, and his brother Ronnie Owekgiu, 12, pile up clay bricks that will later be baked. Selling the bricks is one source of income for their family of six. Their family is part of the Gulu Women Dairy Farmers Heifer Project in a region of northern Uganda that’s suffered violence and political unrest. The boys’ mother, Lily Atube, received a brown Guernsey cow in 2013 and has since brought financial stability to their household through milk sales.

Lily Atube, 35, milks one of the family's dairy cows.
Lily Atube, 35, milks one of the family's dairy cows.