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Pamoja Together explores life in Kenya

Pamoja Together is a student-powered global news network that uses audio, video, photography, and words to tell the long-unheard stories of foreign aid from the recipients’ point of view. The project — which takes its name from Pamoja, the Kiswahili word for Together — was launched in May, 2013, when eight Boston University students came together with 10 students from two universities in western Kenya to explore a wide range of compelling topics related to foreign aid. For just under two weeks, the students fanned out to work in reporting teams in Kenya’s westernmost region, near Lake Victoria and the Ugandan border. The result was a triumph for collaborative learning: The Kenyan students had had no prior experience in journalism; in turn, the Boston University students learned about Kenyan culture and the strengths and weaknesses of foreign aid from the ground up.

Pamoja Together was funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Boston University faculty who organized and participated in the project were: Profs. Anne Donohue and Elizabeth Mehren of the College of Communication and Profs. Jennifer Beard and Monica Onyango of the School of Public Health. Special thanks to our primary Kenyan partner, Prof. Charles Oduke of the Jaromogi Odinga Oginga University of Science and Technology in Bondo, Nyanza Province.

The Pamoja fellowship winners are the following Boston University students:

  • Jessica Wiley
  • Liz Daube
  • Lindsay Hamsik
  • Laura Hanson
  • Miluka Guanarata
  • Jim Dandee
  • Kasha Patel
  • Jeremy Hartman

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