TWAWEZA / UWEZO (East Africa)

TWAWEZA is an east African NGO that studies trends in primary education in order to advise governments and influence policy. TWAWEZA asked Small Axe to illustrate the life of primary school children in a 20min documentary, and use the film to report their findings.
www.twaweza.org
Watch One Day of My School Life

Mango Tree (Uganda)

Since 2000, Mango Tree has developed innovative tools for interpersonal communication and grass-roots education. Mango Tree asked Small Axe to produce a series of videos that highlight the different services they provide through different case studies. Since this first series, Mango Tree has contracted Small Axe to collaborate with them on bigger projects, including a series of twenty training videos for the Lango Literacy Program, and the video/photo component of a two year process documentation for SNV.
www.mangotreeuganda.org
Watch the films:
Mango Tree
Lango Literacy Program Results and Benchmarks
Reader Story Training Video
Literacy Beyond the Classroom
Lango Literacy Program

Partners for Youth Empowerment – PYE (USA)

PYE has been a leading organization promoting art as a tool for youth empowerment around the world. Their main activities revolve around the facilitation and design of art camps with local artists and partner organizations, creating a safe environment for the youth to express themselves freely and creatively. Small Axe was brought in to facilitate a participatory filmmaking workshop, the first time video was included in the art camp. Another 20min film was made about the camp, and also a 2min explainer video.
www.pyeglobal.org
Watch the films:
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 1)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 2)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 3)
In Movement | PYE youth art camp
Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE) and In Movement

BUYUSA.RU (Russia)

Buyusa.ru is an online platform that facilitates internet purchases for Russian citizens, solving the problem of restricted international orders. Buyusa.ru asked Small Axe to create an explainer video, to increase traffic and help users get a better understanding of the service. Our most skilled motion graphics animators worked on an edgy informative yet entertaining film that has since been watched by over 2,000,000 people with a very high conversion rate.
buyusa.ru
Watch the film

Northern Uganda Literacy Project (NULP) (Uganda)

The NULP is a mother tongue literacy project initiated by Mango Tree, Edukans and the Hewlett Foundation in Northern Uganda. Small Axe and NULP have worked very closely over the past two years, producing a 15min documentary about the program that allowed for further funding and visibility, and then our crew moved to Lira for 3 months to produce a series of twenty training videos so that all teachers can implement the new curriculum in their classrooms. We’ve also documented their groundbreaking results in the field of literacy education.
www.mangotreeuganda.org/nulp
Watch the films:
Mango Tree
Lango Literacy Program Results and Benchmarks
Reader Story Training Video
Literacy Beyond the Classroom
Lango Literacy Program

Fair Trade Connection (Belgium)

Fair Trade Connection (FTC) was set up to promote fair trade producers around the world. FTC wanted to add a video component to their activities and that’s where Small Axe came in. We made FTC’s first film in Thailand, and trained the two founders in video editing and filming, allowing them to continue on their own with a series of videos for OXFAM’s fair trade producers on three different continents. Check out FTC’s exciting contribution to the fair trade movement.
fairtradeconnection.org
Watch the film we made for FTC.

COMBRID (Italy/Uganda) – CUAMM

COMBRID and CUAMM (Italian Doctors with Africa) work to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Uganda. From setting up orthopaedic workshops, giving out wheel chairs, organizing on site eye-care and providing medicine to people suffering from epilepsy, they have been involved with grass-root community actions for over 10 years. One of the objectives of COMBRID is to change the minds of able-bodied people about disability, and to fight the discrimination faced by disabled people. COMBRID asked Small Axe to produce a series of five films, involving people with disabilities and giving them the tools to tell their stories. They participated in the script writing process and were great actors in their own films.
www.cuamm.org
Watch the films:
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 1)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 2)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 3)
Arua Boyz: Difficult Introduction
Arua Boyz: Song for Jennifer
Arua Boyz: Mango Effect
Arua Boyz: Schoolboy
Arua Boyz: Fast, smart and creative

Balidabhene (Uganda)

Auntie Alba is a good friend of Small Axe. She is an Italian grandmother with a great lovestory with Uganda, where she has been for over 30 years. She runs a beautiful school in Jinja, where she set up a 2 year course in international cuisine, hotel management, tailoring and computer science. Her school caters to the most vulnerable young women in the community and is free of charge. In order to help her raise funds, Small Axe made a film to help her connect to her donors in Italy.
Watch The School of Alba

UNESCO/Ugandan Ministry of Culture (Uganda)

UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage aims to ensure the better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide, and the awareness of their significance. In 2011 the Ugandan Ministry of Culture proposed to include traditional herbal medicine knowledge on UNESCO’s list. The submission had to be made through a 10min video, and Small Axe was asked to produce a short documentary on George Taliire, a renowned herbalist of the Busoga tribe.
www.unesco.org/culture/ich
Watch The Herbalist

Grameen Foundation: Applab project (Uganda)

Grameen Foundation AppLab fights global poverty through innovative technologies that empower the poor with life-changing information. The project was nominated for an award at the International Mobile Phone Consortium in Barcelona, for best use of mobile technology in the field of social change. They had to submit a video for the award and they chose Small Axe to produce a 5min film telling their story. A second film was made in order to recruit more community workers into the program, a great way to use video for internal communication and capacity building.
www.grameenfoundation.applab.org
Watch the films:
The Community Knowledge Worker
Applab Training video

Solidarites International / UNICEF
(Democratic Republic of Congo)

UNICEF logo
UNICEF and Solidarites International are leading relief efforts in the DRC, and one of their projects involved the facilitation of Non Food Item Fairs (foire NFI) to assist victims displaced by conflict. In a bid to capitalize on the work of Solidarites and to build capacity amongst other organizations running similar projects, UNICEF asked Small Axe to produce a series of training videos that document the entire process involved in organizing such a fair. Our team followed Solidarites in East Kivu to cover the whole process and produced a series of 10 training videos (5min each) to illustrate all components of the program.
unicef.org
solidarites.org

InMovement Art for Social Change (Uganda)

InMovement “art for social change” has been at the forefront of youth empowerment through the arts and a friend of Small Axe for the past two years. Based in Kampala, they run an arts center for the youth, while also sharing their creativity-based approaches through intensive training with youth workers, teachers, social artists, counselors, and others. In line with InMovement’s purpose, Small Axe organized two film workshops at two separate camps. In the first one we made a news show with the participants, and at the next camp we facilitated a film game whereby 50 participants created 9 films in 3 days!
www.inmovement.org
Watch the films:
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 1)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 2)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 3)
In Movement | PYE youth art camp
Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE) and In Movement

The Refugee Next Door (Belgium/Uganda)

RND is a Belgian/Ugandan NGO that supports internally displaced and refugee communities in Uganda. Through our Small Axe for Good program, we developed a communication strategy to raise more funds for their projects, help them gain visibility and connect with their donors. We produced two documentaries on their projects as well as smaller promotional clips. These films generated over 50,000 Euros in funding and have allowed RND to scale up their projects and assist many more people in bettering their livelihoods. One of the films (Tony goes to San Francis) was selected at the International Film Festival of Milan.
therefugeenextdoor.org
Watch the films we made for RND:
Tony Goes to San Francis
Dance for Children

Street Spirits (Spain)

Street Spirits is a Spanish funding organization that supports projects in Uganda and Ethiopia related to the arts as a tool for social empowerment, as well as projects in the health sector. Street Spirits asked Small Axe to run a film workshop at an Art Camp and then produce a series of films with the active participation of people with disabilities based in Arua, Uganda.
www.streetspirits.org
Watch “Arua Boyz” here:
Arua Boyz: Difficult Introduction
Arua Boyz: Song for Jennifer
Arua Boyz: Mango Effect
Arua Boyz: Schoolboy< Arua Boyz: Fast, smart and creative
Watch “Hope TV” here:
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 1)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 2)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 3)
Arua Boyz: Difficult Introduction

Hope North (Uganda)

Hope North is educating and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, empowering them to become voices for peace and development. Small Axe was fortunate enough to meet Sam Okello, the very inspirational director of the center, and together with other partner organizations we participated in an Art Camp where students were given basic training in filmmaking and created their own tv show called Hope TV.
www.hopenorth.org
Watch “Hope TV” here:
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 1)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 2)
Hope TV @ Hope North (episode 3)

Thai Tribal Crafts (Thailand)

Thai Tribal Crafts empowers local indigenous communities from Northern Thailand with income generating activities that promote their culture and ways of life.
www.ttcrafts.co.th
Watch the film we made for TTC