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Future Yetu seeks to position digital storytelling as a creative methodology for dialogue between community and local government.


Future Yetu seeks to position digital storytelling as a creative methodology for dialogue between community and local government. Together with representatives from Nairobi City County, residents of Korogocho, the fourth biggest informal settlement in Nairobi, will receive skills and knowledge on how to amplify their voices through digital storytelling. The stories will inform effects of climate change in their everyday lives. A team of community members, urban planners and county officials will respond to these stories by developing climate adaptation ideas, interventions and prototypes. These will be implemented and can be up-scaled to policy level. The ideas can be either physical or tap into behaviour change. Through a mobile Matatu-exhibition, the stories will travel around the streets of Korogocho. Residents will have possibility to take part in the discussion and provide new ideas for climate adaptation. The results from these discussions will be developed into a community climate adaptation manifesto. The manifesto will be handed over to the county government, and inspire into a Nairobi Climate Adaptation Plan that not yet exist.

The Process

This is the project website for the Future Yetu project. Here you will be able to follow the process of the project and take part of the result and the discussions as the process develops. 

The project is developed into three different phases.

Part ONE

Baseline survey to understand the context and the knowledge

Part TWO

Digital Storytelling for mutual understanding


Create the message and prototyping for change


Result of baseline interactive workshop

Digital storytelling introduction

Webinar: Climate adaptation - a conversation between County and Community


Part one

The Baseline survey


“Sisi ndio tunaishi hapa Korogocho, tuulizwe shida za hapa”;

a woman from Korogocho said in a baseline survey meeting on climate adaptation plan which was held in Bega kwa bega, Baba dogo Nairobi. The meeting included government officials (local and national) and climate change expert residents of Korogocho men, women and youths. The activity drew realities that the community is more than ready to participate in any activities in the area that would affect their lives.

Kenya has a National Climate Change Adaptation plan that require all the 47 counties to have their own based on the needs of their people. This will help reduce climate change vulnerability in the country.  Korogocho is an informal settlement in Nairobi characterized by very simple lifestyle and high poverty levels that make the community less resilient to climate changes. Future Yetu by Hope Raisers Initiative is a project based in Korogocho and its aim is to create a link between these communities and Nairobi County to enable them to come up with an adaptation plan as required.

During the survey meeting, the residents gave their views, pointed out issues and concerns on climate change. Images to derived climate changes and adaptations were given to them and from their personal experiences as well. Although they seemed to know climate change is happening and affecting their lives now they had no clear understanding on the concept and importance of climate adaptation.

The survey meeting had mixed views due to differences in age, religion and professions of the residents. Interestingly the residents seemed not to agree even in common problem such as waste management as to whether the dumping site should be move to Ruai where it is supposed to be or should be remain. The fact that some members present work in the site where they earn their daily bread while on the other hand women especially wanted the dumping site to be moved as it is risky to the health and well-being for all. The common ground for them was children and their future, that is all they live for and all they want is a better tomorrow. They are willing to compromise anything as long as their children will live better and decent lives.

Among the other issues they pointed out could help them reduce climate change vulnerability were; leadership, poverty, water, food, child-defilement, housing air pollution waste management, security, employment and diseases.

The residents seemed to have lost hope in the government to ever bring developments in the area, however the youths are ready to take action on climate change adaptation, as they want their voices to be heard and their views taken into consideration, since they are energetic and have brilliant innovative ideas and solutions that can help solve the crisis.

Reflexions by Wambui

Understanding climate change

To understand the concept of climate change and climate adaptation we have defined the four elements, as the basis of the worlds survival, with its positive effects and human impacts.

Explore the different elements here 


Water     Fire      Air     Soil

Concept and communication

As part of our project we also asked the community to define Climate change and Climate adaptation from their point of view. This will help us to understand how to communicate and form our process. Below are the different words that they connected to the concepts.

Climate change
Climate adaptation
Garden Soil


What is Earth, how do you define it, what comes to your mind?

  • We need good soils for growing plants and food.

  • Soil brings green and lush spaces.

  • We don't want dry, polluted soil. 

  • Soil is needed to plant trees.

  • Helthy soil for healthy foods

  • Soil can also bring mud and make an area inaccessible

  • Soil can be used to mold and make items, like jikos used for cooking.

  • Soil is home for animals.

Ocean Water


What is Water, how do you define it, what comes to your mind?

  • There is no clean water in Korogocho.

  • We need rehabilitation of rivers to access clean water.

  • Clean air for recreation, and swimming.

  • Water can be destructive and cause flooding

  • Deforestation cause flooding as well.

  • Water is used to make drinks, soft drinks are water plus chemicals.

  • Everyone wants clean water.

  • Water is used for bathing.

  • If we clean water, we can have recreation facilities and nature that can bring tourist and income.

Camp Fire


What is fire, how do you define it, what comes to your mind?

  • Forest fires due to human activities is a risk.

  • There is camp fires for recreation.

  • Solar power brings light to children to study at night.

  • Fire also brings destruction.

  • Fire can be used for cooking.

  • Fire brings electricity that brings security.

  • Fire can cause damage to soil and earth.

  • Fire can be used for electricity which can also cause destruction.




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What is Air, how do you define it, what comes to your mind?

  • No clean air means no future, 
    our children will die. That's why we have to stop air pollution.

  • Clean air enables people to relax.

  • Air is also used to cool machines, like laptops, etc.

  • If we dispose waste wrongly we will pollute the air.

  • Air can also be used in air balloons.

  • Air is also used as a medium of communication through radio waves.

  • If we clean and manage waste, we will have clean air.

  • Air pollution is a big problem in Korogocho.

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