The Undugu Society of Kenya: Digital Storytelling Project

A follow-up to the previous post about the USK.  This story features a project that allows children and youth to be heard through different outlets.

Their stories are raw, compelling and sometimes difficult – but they must be heard.

The Undugu Society of Kenya’s Digital Storytelling Project gives voice to marginalized children and youth in Kenya by providing them with the tools to share the stories and issues affecting their lives and communities. Participants in the project are trained in the use of writing, photography, video and audio.

Blogging provides a platform from which they may voice their concerns and recommend and lobby for solutions. In the process, participants are enabled to acquire skills that may open up future employment opportunities.

Highlighted below are several of the project’s participants:

Ibrahim. Advocating for change.

Nineteen-year old Ibrahim Okoth tells the stories, often tragic, of friends and neighbours in his community.

In his writing, fifteen-year old Peter Ndungu celebrates the love of his family while voicing his concerns about the social and political issues affecting life in Kenya.

Mildred. Sharing her stories through blogging.

Sixteen-year old Mildred Oduor offers a particularly compelling account of the fallout from the recent elections.

More information can be found at http://www.undugukenya.org

 

Thanks to Ten Thousand Villages for providing this article.

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