Proposals in Kenya
Sustainable Practical Program for Africa (SUPPA) has been organizing smallholder farmers into organized groups to synchronize their voices in advocating for policy change, food production, value addition and marketing of farm produce. This project proposes to train the rural farmers on how they can use the citizen media to engage the government in seeking agricultural services to boost their farming activities. This is an addition to empowering them with information on how they access information through the same media to expand and diversify their farming ventures.
Kenya has over 40 tribes that make a rich and diverse culture. Each of these have distinctive rich stories that have been passed on from generation to generation around fireplaces in the rural areas. These stories were used to teach morals, etiquette, and other social norms, to preserve traditions, and to act as oral historic records of family migrations, significant occurrences and so on.Since most of these stories were passed on orally, there are very few written or recorded accounts in existence. We therefore want to capture these stories and preserve a large knowledgebase of our stories.
This is a project that aims to bring back to life oral narratives and folk tales as told to us by older generations by archiving and sharing them via an online platform for current and future generations to learn from. We shall carry out this project in three ways: we shall venture out to the communities to collect stories first hand, in their raw form as still told at the village setting by people still in touch and practising their culture. We also intend to crowdsource stories on our web platform from our readers and lastly we intend to write our articles that cover historical happenings.
We envision community radio journalism training in HomaBay County. The outsourced programs are expected to promote increased participation of communities in the democratic process of the County by providing forums through which communities can ‘freely’ communicate between themselves and their leaders about development issues without interference or fear of intimidation. We intend to setup a studio whereby we shall train 21 community members from 3 pilot districts on community journalism, local content outsourcing and sharing of the content via organized online listeners clubs.
A Participatory Video research and education rights project in the Dandora Slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Over five-days, the Eves Day School team, facilitated by mutiny arts and supported by InsightShare, will teach camera skills and story development to the young residents of Dandora. Together, they will produce a short film that promotes understanding in young people about their education rights, as underpinned by the UN Declaration of Human Rights. The film will explore what would be needed to facilitate access to education, and look at stories of hardship and empowerment within Dandora.
The rhino, an endangered species in Kenya and the world for the value of its horn and the elephant's ivory tusk. In the savanna, and along the forests, game reserves and national parks the Morans and communities benefits largely from the environment,though under represented online. This project seek to target 2000 of these people directly or indirectly to use mobile phones for photos, text, facebook, twitter,and work with local administration, forest and wildlife services and the global community to raise voices, save rhinos, elephants from extinction and conserve our environment.
Patients with life threatening illnesses are often left to wonder why God decided to limit their voices. The doctor says this illness cannot be treated and send them home. Interventions like Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and Dialysis are expensive and the poor in Kenya cannot afford. Relatives shy away and live them in agony. Their voices are suppressed and there is no one to talk to. Palliative Care providers attend to them, support them and listen to their stories but rarely do they voice them out. These stories are touching and voicing them through stories would direct help their way.
Statistics in Kenya show that there is an increase in the occurrence of cerebral palsy in new born and infants as a result of brain damage. The main cause is lack of prenatal care and hospital's inability to handle emergency cases during delivery. Most of the victims are young mothers. Our project is to create awareness through digital media on prevention and management of cerebral palsy. We plan to hold a three day seminar to teach young people and mothers with children with CP how to blog and create awareness on the prevention and management of this disease.
The people of Turkana will give simple and humane stories of the threat of the Gibe Dam Project to their livelihoods and will make 2min mini series and later compile an 11min documentary. Through online sharing and push to funders and relevant organizations, the voices of the indigenous community will be heard and hopefully halt the process until sustainable measures are put up to save the largest desert lake. It derives 90% of its water from R.Omo & provides livelihood to about 300,000 pastoralists and fishermen. In the initial stages(3 yrs), water flow into the lake will be curtailed by 70%.
In formulating the project idea, Ebony Youth and Orphans Support Initiative organization consulted youth and children in the community for ideas on project name and intended activities , further consultations were held through sharing of the project idea with local leaders , informal consultations were held with NGOs and CBOs handling social justice and violence prevention issues. The project will work with widows in two settings ( rural and urban) to address rights violations .Chapter 4 of the Kenyan constitution ( 2010) outlaws discrimination, however at the community level, various