#DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 3 of 3)

By Jessica Burtt, Undergraduate student at the RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design

Last February I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Kenya for the RTA International Development class. Our trip was in partnership with Amref Health Africa, an organization that has developed multiple initiatives in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, to improve the health of people living in Africa through community empowerment and better health systems. During our trip we visited two projects, spending time with the local people to develop content for Amref’s social media, in hopes that it would increase awareness and encourage others to donate or volunteer their time.

For the second half of our trip we spent time in Dagoretti, a slum just outside of Nairobi, at the Dagoretti Child in Need Development Centre. For this initiative we wanted to highlight the students enrolled at the centre, which would in turn highlight all that the centre and Amref have done for the students and community.

I personally got to work with Rose, an 8-year-old student in the art class. When I first met Rose I felt drawn to her because of her sweet demeanour and curiosity. Rose initially approached me and some of my classmates and started telling us about her favourite flowers. This friendship quickly developed into dance parties 24/7. When I first got to filming Rose’s feature, she was a natural! As one of the younger kids, we had to give her a bit of direction, but otherwise she was awesome (and loved watching the footage of herself!)

 

All of the students, role models and faculty at the centre were incredibly welcoming and excited to help us produce these videos. In turn, I hope that the videos will bring more visibility to the important work Amref is doing with children like Rose and communities in Eastern Africa.

Overall, I learned so much, not only about field video production but also about the culture and community members. I had an unforgettable experience thanks to Ryerson and Amref, and I can’t wait to go back and visit my friends at the Amref Kenya office and the Dagoretti Centre

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See #DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 1 of 3) and (Part 2 of 3) for more on this project!

To learn more about Ryerson’s partnership with Amref Health Africa, see “Kenya welcomes students for immersive education experience” in Ryerson Today

#DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 2 of 3)

By Hannah White, Undergraduate student at the RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design

This past October, all RTA students received an e-mail about “RTA in Kenya” explaining that RTA would be offering an International Development course that winter, and as part of the course, the students would travel to Kenya and work alongside AMREF Health Africa, a medical relief not-for profit organization.  Students would create content for AMREF Canada while overseas.  

Going to Kenya had been a dream of mine since the 5th grade, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to mix my interests and my education!

As a class, we decided we were going to do two separate projects for AMREF, one for each week of our trip. The first project we worked on was an Alternative Rites of Passage Documentary, shot two hours outside of Nairobi, in Magadi. We spent the second week at The Dagoretti Drop in Centre, right in Nairobi. This drop in center offered multiple activities for the children in the neighbourhood, ranging from arts to sports. It was here that each Ryerson student was responsible for creating their own 30 second video, that focused on a student and a skill that was offered at the center. This assignment included both filming and editing the video – #DiscoverDagoretti

My particular video is about a young boy named Henry. Henry is a natural athlete, who could always be found on the field playing football with all of his friends. Henry credits the development of much of his football skills to playing with the older boys at the center.

To hear more of Henry’s story, check out the video below!

Be sure to watch the other stories from Dagoretti as well, as each kid has their own unique one to share!

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See #DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 1 of 3) and (Part 3 of 3) for more on this project!

To learn more about Ryerson’s partnership with Amref Health Africa, see “Kenya welcomes students for immersive education experience” in Ryerson Today

#DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 1 of 3)

By Hayley Graham, Undergraduate student at the RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design

I’ve always loved storytelling, whether it be listening to a story or telling one. So, when the opportunity to take the RTA International Development course to work on a storytelling project for Amref Health Africa came about, I couldn’t let it pass me by.

Along with 6 of my fellow classmates and our professor, Lori Beckstead, I travelled to Kenya for 2 weeks in February 2017 to film two projects.

During the first week, we travelled outside of Nairobi to Magadi to film a documentary about Amref’s project, Alternative Rites of Passage on the topic of female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital circumcision.

For the second week, we travelled back to Nairobi to film a social media campaign on Amref’s Dagoretti Child in Need Project.

For the campaign, we filmed 30-second videos highlighting a child at the centre and the subject they are most passionate about. We had little teams of three filming, so the team I was in filmed a handful, but the video that became my baby, for a lack of a better term, was Sophia’s “I am an actor.”

 

 

For every video we wanted to find a child who could not only highlight a particular school subject, but also who represented what the Dagoretti Child in Need Project stood for.

For acting we chose Sophia, and she was great. She was the most hardworking child in the class, and took it very seriously. We spent half a day filming and interviewing her. When we got back to Toronto, it was our responsibility to edit the footage down to a 30-second video, and deliver a product that we were all proud of.

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See #DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 2 of 3) and (Part 3 of 3) for more on this project!

To learn more about Ryerson’s partnership with Amref Health Africa, see “Kenya welcomes students for immersive education experience” in Ryerson Today