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Kenya’s Community Reporters

NAIROBI, Kenya – I believe in the power of community media to transform communities. In my home country, due to the National Film Board of Canada’s Challenge for Change program from the 1960s to 80s, marginalized Canadians came together to

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Mathare Radio provides local news relevant to Nairobi slums

In 2007, Wairimu Gitau dreamed of starting a community radio station broadcasting in Sheng for residents of Nairobi, Kenya’s Mathare slum. Seven years later and her dream is closer to becoming a reality as she builds ties in the community

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Mathare music centre gives voice to Kenyan youth living in slum

Billian Okoth runs Billian Music Family, a youth centre in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Through music and dance, Billian empowers youth to make change in their community, and in the process giving them a chance to dream of a brighter

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Kenya Slum Upgrading Project in Kibera

Featuring Kibera residents Godwin Oyindo, 24, Hilda Olali, 49, and Justus Ongera, 24.

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Creating a Slum Within a Slum

NAIROBI, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) – At the eastern edge of Nairobi’s Kibera slum, children gather with large yellow jerry cans to collect water dripping out of an exposed pipe. The high-rise grey and beige Soweto East settlement towers above

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Kenya: A Case of Media Mentorship in Africa’s Largest Slum

“The mentoring culture needs to come back to our newsrooms,” said Ernest Sungura, executive director at Tanzania Media Fund, while addressing journalists at the World Press Freedom Day Conference in Arusha May 3. The theme of this year’s Arusha conference

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Catching a break in Nairobi: How two Canadian freelancers covered the Westgate mall shooting

Two recent Canadian journalism graduates, dreaming of careers as international journalists, caught the break of a lifetime landing a fellowship with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Wanting to combine her passion for journalism and travel, French journalist Flavie Halais applied

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