Updated May 24, 2020

#TujipangeKablaTupangwe (Let's organise our communities)

https://sites.google.com/green-string.org/covid-19-kenya/home

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Creation of ICE materials for COVID-19 community awareness in Kenya (and beyond) by contextualizing what it means to live with COVID-19 through storytelling by showing and teaching how and not just instructing.

From a public health perspective, it’s important to point out how the majority of the poor in Kenya have struggled under the huge burden of other dangerous illnesses, such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. This lived experience has offered key lessons on how to build on the community's own resilience. Communities must be central to their own recovery and should be supported by both civil soc...
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From a public health perspective, it’s important to point out how the majority of the poor in Kenya have struggled under the huge burden of other dangerous illnesses, such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. This lived experience has offered key lessons on how to build on the community's own resilience. Communities must be central to their own recovery and should be supported by both civil society and government institutions. The 2015 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone painfully revealed both the critical importance of engaging communities in crisis response and prevention and the reality that there were virtually no channels for doing so in practice in the early days of the outbreak. Given the historical context of mistrust, anger, and suspicion of the government, rumors were rife that the government was infusing the free government soap with the Ebola virus. Not only would the citizens not take it but also the unrests caused by the rumors were also developing into a larger security concern. Given the deep levels of social mistrust towards the government, only community structures, such as Peace Mothers, were able to mobilize prevention and response initiatives within their communities. Kenya is also battling high levels of mistrust of the government. This innovation is grounded in mobilizing local engagement and leadership for prevention, in contrast to the pattern of the national and international response, which often repeats harmful patterns of ignoring community voices.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The Google Site is up. We have the messages in 12 languages. NGOs are printing and using the posters, the business community is coming on board, and donors are funding the initiative. https://sites.google.com/green-string.org/covid-19-kenya/home

Focus Areas:

Social and Behavior Change, Inclusion, Peace and Resilience and 6 MoreSEE ALL

Social and Behavior Change, Inclusion, Peace and Resilience, Youth Engagement and Contribution, Citizen Participation, Child Protection, Gender-based Violence, Infectious & Vector Diseases and Mental HealthSEE LESS

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Employees
$61,500
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

It is feared an outbreak will overrun our healthcare system. A mainstream reaction to the impending crisis from both government and citizens is the "ordinary" Kenyan is either ignorant or lacks the requisite agency to make their own decisions or just needs to be "pushed” to be “saved”. It is a top-down mentality guiding almost all our policy today. But the experience in other African countries during outbreaks shows us there is an alternative. When people own prevention it becomes the norm.

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Solution

Community ownership has been used successfully in Kenya with HIV and other health epidemics. Today it can enhance local level coping skills and develop social distancing rooted in the context. If we give people a chance to be a part of the solution they can do it. The ordinary Kenyan citizen wants his family to be healthy and safe. She also has the required agency to make wise choices if given the right tools to do so. Let's find the right tools. And let's begin to believe in ourselves.

Target Beneficiaries

We are partnering with the Ministry of Health (MoH), County Administrators like the Chiefs, National Police Service (NPS), private sector and community groups to develop content that resonates with communities. By creating an open-source Google Site for sharing the posters and other materials we can target the average person with the contextualized content created so they can download and print the materials for local use.

Mission and Vision

Mission: To find the right tools by showing communities how to stay safe while still living their lives. Vision: Community ownership has been used successfully in Kenya with other health epidemics. Today we can enhance local level coping skills and develop social distancing rooted in our context. If we give people a chance to be a part of the solution they can do it. The starting point has to be different than in the past because we are now seeing the interconnectedness of our lives.

Competitive Advantage

Green String Network is a multi-disciplinary team of peacebuilders, community development workers, psychologists, police officers, artists, and researchers designing trauma-informed interventions and methods for their evaluation. Our work is focused on addressing trauma as one of the root causes of violent behavior. We seek to understand how trauma and exposure to violence shape identity, memory, perceptions, attitudes, and behavior. Our programming has grown in Kenya to be a unique social movement driven by local network partners. It incorporates low-resource methods building upon cultural practices and traditions. The methodology uses local folktales, case studies, and artwork allowing participants to easily connect and understand complex ideas. It is a community volunteer program focusing on providing a safe space for participants to explore issues of violence, the effects of trauma, social healing and dialogue.

Planned Goals and Milestones

1. Continue to develop messaging and develop a grassroots network to produce the posters and get them in public transportation, markets, and on the streets. 2. Collect and publish short stories of community members, police officers, health workers and others who are leading the fight at the community level (written and video). 3. Fundraise for CBOs and informal community leaders to print the flyers and sensitize the community on good practices.
Funding Goal250,000
New Implemented CountriesSouth Sudan
Recruit2 management, 2 storytellers, 10 volunteers
New FeatureA google site for creating an open source of materials, in several Kenya vuncluar languages

Milestone

May 2020
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLE#TujipangeKablaTupangwe (Let's organise our communities)
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Peace and Resilience, Mental Health and Inclusion
Implemented InKenya
 
as part of
 Reinvent Programme
May 2020
Funds RaisedPENDING
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Gender, Health, Peace and Resilience and 1 more SEE ALL
Gender, Health, Peace and Resilience and Mental Health SEE LESS
Implemented InKenya
Apr 2020
New Product Or Service
Google site making the community sensitisation materials are open source
Apr 2020
New Product Or Service
#TujipangeKablaTupangwe

Supporting Materials

GSN-COVID-19-Communication-Response-General-orientation-null.pdf