Entries under ‘kenya’

So You Have An Education. Now What?

This week at Media Voices, we’ve been thinking about what happens once African children have succeeded in gaining an education, something which increasing numbers of them have managed to do. According to the World Bank, the number of African children graduating from secondary school has increased fivefold since 1970, from 7% to 38%. I found [...]

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Urban Cash Transfers – Concern’s Work in Kenya

Concern Worldwide, an Irish NGO, has this video explaining how the urban cash transfer works. Michael, father of five, has started a small business as a butcher with the help of the cash transfers that come in to a SIM card on his cellphone. The poor need money – the cash transfer assumes that they will know where best to put the available resources. It is far more empowering than dumping surplus food in the slums of the world, and has the additional benefit of stimulating the local economy.

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What I Want to Do with My Life – Students at Kimana

Media Voices has supported children in Kenyan schools for ten years now through our project, the Kenyan Schoolhouse. Last September, students at the Kimana School in Loitokitok near Mount Kilimanjaro told Len and Georgia how they want to use their opportunity for an education. This is why we do it.

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Evidence From The Frontlines of Climate Change

An important study from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network on impacts of climate change on vulnerable households, and the limits of adaptation. New thinking and practical approaches are needed to address the threats to human security that climate change combined with social vulnerability pose for current and future patterns of loss and damage. The report has case studies from five countries across three major regions (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Gambia, Kenya and Micronesia).

Growing Kale at the Kimana School
The Potential of Child Labour Committees to End Child Labour in Rural Agriculture

The Situation Before Child Labour Committees were Created In 1994 ANPPCAN (the African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect) with the support of the ILO-IPEC programme in Kenya set to fight child labour in agriculture in 5 districts in Kenya. Many children were working in poor conditions while facing health [...]

Girl Killers
Girls and Boys

This week at Media Voices, we have a film, Girl Killers, produced for Austrian Broadcasting by Marion Mayer-Hohdahl and distributed by Journeyman Pictures.

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Kenya Country Profile

from the US Department of Labor’s 2010 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Bravo and Emmanuel in Barbershop

I met Bravo in 2006 at the Roundabout in Nairobi, the local name for the outdoor bus station. We were shooting Rescuing Emmanuel, our documentary about a 13-year-old Kenyan street boy and our naive but well-intended efforts to save him. Bravo offered his unconditional help with the filming and we began to shadow him.

Sanabar selling bolani
The Kenyan Schoolhouse

I was rummaging through a pile of old photos yesterday and came across this one, sent from Kenya in 2002. Has it really been 10 years? These faces looking to the future and proudly showing off their school uniforms were in a very different condition when we met them on a coffee plantation in Kiambu [...]

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From Documentarian to Humanitarian

Feature article on Len Morris and the Kenyan Schoolhouse program. First published in the Vineyard Gazette’s April 6 2012 edition. Reprinted with permission.

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Remarks on Receiving the Iqbal Masih Award

I’m honored to accept this award and would like to share it with all of the people who have helped over the years with the films, our Kenya Schoolhouse program and Media Voices for Children. Thank you for this encouragement. I got here by accident from another career. I was making network TV documentaries … [...]

Boy on Coffee Plantation © U.R. Romano
Stones for Lunch

The playground appeared perfectly normal with students clustered here and there laughing and enjoying their lunch break. But if you looked closely, you’d notice another group milling about or sitting alone, the students with empty lunch pails. We were visiting a primary school in Kenya that was situated on a large coffee plantation. Many of [...]

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A profile of six students supported by the Kenyan Schoolhouse program at the Kimana Secondary School, a provincial high school located near Mount Kilimanjaro in southeastern Kenya. 70% of the students come from the Masai tribe.

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From Kimana to Kenyatta

To reach Kimana from Nairobi, you essentially drive southeast towards Mombasa, the country’s second largest city and only port. This is perhaps the worst road I’ve ever traveled, with thousands of trucks carrying all manner of goods including most of the Libyan oil Kenya relies upon for its rapidly growing economy. The highway is a [...]

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A Gift

a music video set to jazz pianist Geri Allen’s Christmas CD, “A Child is Born.”

Moments of children along the roadside in rural Kenya receiving lollipops evokes the spirit of the season.

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A Gift

A GIFT is a short film set to jazz pianist Geri Allen’s Christmas album, ” A Child Is Born”  and was inspired by the children of Kenya we met visiting the country this past September.

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Film Review: Caravan of the Books

When I attended high school, grumbles often followed the teacher’s announcement of Sustained Silent Reading time. Unless the students had a magazine gorged with images, they usually found this 15-minute stretch of quietness longer than the remainder of class. In distant corners of the world, however, some children rarely — if ever — see a [...]

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Remembering Wangari Maathai

News of Wangari Maathai’s death reached me in Nairobi last week, the city where we first met in 2003. After months of balletic scheduling with her office, she showed up alone at the Fairview Hotel for an interview on child labor, the subject of a documentary I was producing, Stolen Childhoods. Already, we had filmed [...]

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2003 Interview with Dr. Wangari Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya (Africa) in 1940. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, Professor Maathai obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964). Professor Maathai was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1976-87 and was its chairman from 1981-87. In 1976, while she was serving the National Council of Women, Professor Maathai introduced the idea of community-based tree planting. She continued to develop this idea into a broad-based grassroots organization whose main focus is poverty reduction and environmental conservation through tree planting.
Len Morris shot this interview with Dr. Wangari Maathai for the film Stolen Childhoods in 2003.

Wangari Maathai

This week came the news that Wangari Maathai has succumbed to cancer at a hospital in Nairobi. Very few people knew she was ill. Her death is a blow indeed. A very great lady has left us.

Carini-Lang rug for GoodWeave raffle

This week at Media Voices, we have a blog by Len Morris, Return to Kenya, reflecting on his upcoming shoot in Kenya and his apprehension about what he will find. There is cause for concern. According to the new FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, the price of cereals overall (maize, [...]

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A Question of Dignity

Some parts of East Africa and the Horn are experiencing the worst drought in 60 years. In Kenya, a local initiative, Kenyans for Kenya, has rallied citizens to donate funds to feed the hungry; much of the money has been raised through cash transfers done by mobile phone. Caroline Mutoko, a presenter at KISS FM, one of the country’s biggest radio stations, has been one of the campaign’s most vocal supporters. In this IRIN film, she explains the objectives of Kenyans for Kenya.

Street girl, Nairobi
Return to Kenya

As I prepare to leave for a three week trip to Kenya a sense of unease, an unsettled feeling, has taken hold. Kenya is a country I love. A place where the smiles of the children leave an indelible mark on visitors, and the natural landscape rivals any in the world.