A project that uses radio programmes with outreach and online social networking to create a learning platform for girls in three slum areas of Nairobi, Kenya. Chanuka! is Nairobi street lingo for empowerment. It is generally recognized that girls living in slums and rural areas are among the most marginalized section of communities in the world. It is estimated that nearly 60% of primary school age children not enrolled in school are girls, dropping out of school gives a girl 90% chance of living in poverty, 70,000 maternal deaths a year are adolescent girls and that 36% of all global marriages are girl child marriages.

Often the struggle by girls to make it out of poverty is hindered by lack of education and access to information on opportunities available to them to improve their lives. They are not well informed about education opportunities, financial aid, training opportunities and lack of information on issues such as reproductive health leaves them exposed to early pregnancy and disease that often arrests their ambitions. It is critical to provide the girls with relevant information that will increase their self-belief and confidence thus leading to their empowerment.


To re-inforce the impact of the radio broadcast and make them well understood by the target audience of our Chanukah project, we formed listening groups with girls in three slums in Nairobi; Kibera, Mukuru and Mathare. The girls listened in on the radio shows that aired on Ghetto radio and discussed the major themes highlighted in the show. In each location 2 girls facilitated dialogue sessions with the girls aged between 14—22 years.

MFA produced a series of radio programmes with Ghetto Radio and girls from the slums of Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru. The girls participated in the production of the radio shows that covered a wide range of personal stories about rape, drug abuse, contraceptives, abortion, daily struggles but also hope for the future. There were recorded stories in the field, live studio interviews with the girls and women working with them, call-in and SMS segments, and great music. You can listen to all the shows here http://vimeo.com/album/1906018







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