Community Media for Kenya (CM4K) is a community-based transformative learning partnership that seeks to empower marginalised communities and groups in Kenya through the development of active community media partnerships, knowledge sharing and training.
The project aims to utilise information, media and communications technology to build community capacity and empower the voices of the disenfranchised.
CM4K was recently approached by a group of subsistence smallholders from a remote rural community (Cham gi Wadu) to: 1) help the community build a community radio station; and 2) train local people to operate and sustain the radio station as a community resource. Radio is an effective means of communication for marginalised people providing access to information resources to sustain their livelihoods.
Established 8 years ago, CM4K continues to expand through active collaboration with our partners, CM4K explores ways in which community radio and media can be made accessible to diverse Kenyan communities so they may harness the benefits of the digital age.
We are currently raising money for this much needed community radio station through the University of Brighton’s charitable status granted by the Charity Commission. This is a 2 year fundraising project and we have set ourselves the target of raising £20000 in this period. We will post more about how you can help us raise funds later but for now feel free to visit our Just Giving page.
All monies raised go to making this project a reality. Student field-trips are completely self-financed, & participating students are required to fund their flights to Kenya.
Working closely with local communities and community partners students contribute to and learn about local community cultures by exchanging knowledge and sharing skills. They also contribute to community development by collaborating in the planning and implementation of fundraising activities and training workshops.
Monies raised by students provide community projects with ICT equipment, books and an extensive ‘training the trainer’s’ programme, in which community participants develop the capacity to utilise ICT in ways that meet community needs.