Following the Voices of Our Future Training held in 2009 and the eventual target " Each One , Teach Five", I have initiated a community media training program under Project Africa's Women leadership academy. The community media training that started on 15th january 2010 has so far attracted 40 young women from Mumias district in Western Kenya.

The fourty citizen journalists in the making have so far received basic training in photography, photo journalism and graphic design. The program dubbed mama media aims to train rural women in community media and citizen journalism and ensure that women participate actively in discourse about human rights, human security and women issues.

The group of trainees have now moved forth to second month of training . The whole program is scheduled to take six months.

Look out for stories and photographs by participants of Project africa's Community Media project. It is our hope that this add to the effort invested by the worldpulse and other stakeholders during the VOF 2009 .

We wish to thank Project Africa's development mentors, partners and friends for making this possible.

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I am jumping up and down reading this news. To leverage the learnings of your own VOF training and to expand it to your community is a dream come true for us. Knowing that you are empowering many more women to be effective changemakers in their own communities brings tears to my eyes. For we all know that a woman’s status is directly linked to a nation’s economic health and well-being, and that investing in and empowering women is the most effective strategy to solving global problems. There is a world of untapped knowledge, ideas and vision held by women across the globe and by unleashing this wisdom, you are helping Kenya's current and future leaders solve today’s problems and build a sustainable future. I am so proud of you and of what you have created. I can't wait to read their stories and view their photographs.

Barikiwa sana dada. Natamani tukutane hivi karibun. Salamu za upendo!

Dear Lin,

I am so happy that you have taken this initative. I would also love to do the same but ..... I think you are so lucky to have a setup that could tranform your dream into reality. I know you have worked hard for this set up, for reaching this point. Guess I have to go long way to reach there yet.

Keep going girl.We all love you

Lots of Love

Nusrat

Dear Lin,

You are an inspiration to us all! Your efforts and dedication to bringing your knowledge and skills to other women, continues to amaze us all. Congratulations! In thinking about your experience putting together this training, what was most useful to you and what more could the VOF program have provided to help you? We are always trying to learn more!

Kind regards,

Rachael

"Tell me then, what will you do with your one wild, sweet, and precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Mama Africa miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, This is very beautiful, I love you oh Dear me, thanks so much for igniting the passion further. This is really commendable and EMULATABLE I mean worthy of emulation. E ku ise o, Well done

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Hi Lindy,

I said it when I met you that you are truly Mama Africa. You shine your light in the tiny corner of the world in which you are and by so doing, you brighten the lives of many.

Wish you all best and I pray sincerely that the program grows,

Helen

Dear MamaAfrica,

This is the most amazing work you 've done. This is very inspirational.The way you have gathered the women in your community makes me burn with envy.The Kenyan people are blessed to have you. You are a blessing my sister, let the light shine to the beautiful women in Kenya.

Grateful and in admiration

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love