#TujengeKibera is an online social media campaign and competition initiated by KDI. The aim of the program is to highlight stories of positive change in the Kibera informal settlement, and to invest in initiatives with potential in the settlement. Over the years there have been many stories written about Kibera and its residents. These stories often portray the settlement in a negative light but KDI’s experience working with communities in Kibera tells another story. This is a story about residents who take responsibility for their environment and try to be the change they want to see, building and operating projects that positively impact their communities.
Through the campaign KDI would like to show the world some of these stories and help to change the way people perceive places like Kibera. In order to do this KDI has begun collecting stories on projects, activities and people who are doing good work in the settlement. These stories will eventually be published by the organization on Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of media with the consent of participants.
In December 2015 Kibera residents were called to submit project proposals to KDI using the #TujengeKibera email address or by physically submitting stories to specific drop-off points. The winning proposal stands the chance of winning a 100,000 Ksh cash prize to invest in the project and further the residents’ work in Kibera. As of early 2016 KDI is shortlisting candidates and will select a winner in March 2016.