Citizen Journalists in the Making

mamaAfrica
Posted February 16, 2010 from Kenya

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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  • JaniceW
    Feb 16, 2010
    Feb 16, 2010

    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!

  • Nusrat Ara
    Feb 16, 2010
    Feb 16, 2010

    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

  • Rachael Maddock-Hughes
    Feb 17, 2010
    Feb 17, 2010

    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

  • Gifty Pearl Correspondent
    Feb 17, 2010
    Feb 17, 2010

    Mama Africa, This is a great innitiative and i am proud of you! Awesome and congratultions. You have chartered the path that we will follow. Keep the good work

    Gifty

  • Obisakin Busayo
    Feb 17, 2010
    Feb 17, 2010

    Mama Africa, This is a wonderful initiative and i am so proud of you. Congratulations dear sister, i wish you continuous success. Keep moving.

    Hugs Busayo

  • Olutosin
    Feb 17, 2010
    Feb 17, 2010

    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

  • Martha Tholanah
    Feb 17, 2010
    Feb 17, 2010

    Hi Mama Africa

    I am truly inspired... and challenged. This is great!!!

    Warm regards Martha

  • Ada Ngoh
    Feb 18, 2010
    Feb 18, 2010

    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

  • warona
    Mar 24, 2011
    Mar 24, 2011

    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