Chris Jackson, Getty Images' royal photographer, has travelled to Lesotho several times over the past eight years to document the work of Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry and Lesotho's Prince Seeiso. The charity helps the country's poorest children and Aids orphans get the support they need to lead healthy, productive lives.

A recent trip to the mountainous kingdom proved to be a very rewarding experience. With the generous assistance of Fujifilm, Jackson ran photography classes for some of the country's most disadvantaged children.

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Getty Images' royal photographer Chris Jackson runs an instant photography session at Kananelo Centre School for the deaf in Maseru, LesothoChris Jackson/Getty Images
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A girl uses a Fujifilm Instax camera during a photography session at Kananelo Centre School for the deafChris Jackson/Getty Images

He says: "I've always noticed the positive effect that the process of taking a photo has on children. It's almost therapeutic – the universal language of the still image has always been a means by which I am able to break down boundaries and create an immediate connection with the children I am photographing. On previous visits I have also noticed in many of the orphanages the children love creating montages on the wall of their friends and staff.

"I contacted Fuji who kindly gave me some brightly coloured Instax 8 cameras as well as a set of digital bridge cameras to take out to Lesotho with a view to giving the children an opportunity to get involved in photography sessions. I was sure that photography was a tool that would enable the children to, not only be creative, but reinforce many of the important messages Sentebale are keen to reinforce."

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Fujifilm cameras ready to be used by children at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Children learn how to use instant cameras at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CentreChris Jackson/Getty Images
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A boy with hearing difficulties uses a Fujifilm Instax camera at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's Centre in MaseruChris Jackson/Getty Images
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A young child holds up an instant photograph taken during a photography session at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images
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A girl takes a photo at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CentreChris Jackson/Getty Images
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A child uses a camera at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CentreChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Volunteers take a 'selfie' during some downtime at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Tlotlisang Tihomola uses a Fujifilm digital camera during a community camp at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CentreChris Jackson/Getty Images
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An instant photo of a child at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CentreChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Instant photos created by some of the children at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images

Sentebale means 'forget me not' in the the local Sesotho language. The charity focuses its work on the vulnerable children in a country that has been ravaged by HIV/Aids. Lesotho has the second highest rate in the world, leaving an orphaned generation in desperate need of support, education and medicine.

Jackson given permission to start running photography sessions for the children at the Mamohato Children's Centre, outside the capital Maseru. He says: "I headed out to Lesotho to begin the project armed with sacks of dressing up gear, a number of massively overweight bags containing the cameras and a huge amount of AA batteries. As we suspected the cameras were an instant hit with the children, many came into sessions very shy and reserved but left smiling and with a previously unseen level of confidence. Each group of children took part in an hour-long 'fun' introductory session, creating a collage on the wall.

"Knowing that the children in Lesotho love to dance and sing I was keen to make the lessons quite physical and with a real sense of fun. I played music in each class and, along with the volunteers, we encouraged the children to 'shake it' 'shake it' with the instant photos, most of the sessions involved a real sense of fun as the kids danced round shaking their photos in time to the music. Towards the end of the session the children dived into the dressing-up box and created images of each other gear in everything from pink wigs to father Christmas hats – great fun! (£20 well spent in Poundland Wandsworth!).

The children created a 'Mamohato Times' newspaper, using their photos and text they had written. Jackson says: "For me it was incredibly satisfying to see them using the cameras so creatively and thoughtfully to create something that reinforced many of the important messages they were being taught as well as remind them of many of the great friends they had made. At the end of a week-long camp the children were able to take away the images they had created, a lasting memory of the camp and something to show their family – invaluable."

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Children look at instant photos at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Children create photo-stories as part of a photography newspaper project at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images
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A boy called Karabo holds up his contribution for a photography 'newspaper' during a session at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Children create a photography 'newspaper' during a session at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images
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A child shakes his polaroid pictures during a photography session at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CampChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Children hold instant photos after a photography session at Kananelo Centre School for the deafChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Children pose with their cameras after a photography class during a community camp at the Sentebale Mamohato Children's CentreChris Jackson/Getty Images

Jackson recalls one particularly memorable incident: "Many of the children were playing sport on the games pitch at the centre. One of the children had very limited mobility in his lower limbs – while not wheelchair bound, he found it difficult to get involved in physical activity. Under the guidance of one of the volunteers he found that he could photograph his friends playing sport, making him feel like he was part of the action. The smile on his face as he looked at the images springing up on the back of the camera, this was something that as a photographer I really relate to. He took to the photography in a big way and whenever I saw him he was camera in hand – Getty sports snapper in training!"

Jackson headed back to Lesotho a few weeks later for the official opening of the Mamohato Centre, attended by Prince Harry and the King and Queen of Lesotho. Prince Harry is a keen photographer and immediately got stuck into the sessions, taking photos of the children and of the Lesotho royal family.

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Prince Harry takes a photograph of a young boy using a Fujifilm Instax camera during a photography activity at the new Mamohato Children's Centre in MaseruChris Jackson/Getty Images/Sentebale
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Prince Harry helps a young boy use a Fujifilm Instax cameraChris Jackson/Getty Images/Sentebale

Jackson says the legacy of the project has always been vital to him: "Seeing the positive effect it had on the children made it important that it wasn't a flash in the pan. Getty Images and Fuji have been fantastically supportive of the whole venture, with Fuji even funding the project with film for the next year. Beyond this we are exploring ways to keen the children snapping well into the future."

If you'd like to support Sentebale's work with disadvantaged children in Lesotho, please visit sentebale.org.