Dreams are green in the Kampala K-zones
Backyard gardening in one of Kampala's K-Zones
The last years the weather in Uganda is experienced as more unpredictable and the talk goes on climate change. The forecast is flooded areas, deadly mudslides and perfect places for water born diseases.
The Kampala slums are capable to cast any life into decay, but as they are a product of the ever growing city and structures of society they will remain.
Though, in the unmanageable life in the ghetto progression and activism finds its way and can transform the city spaces and humans living there. By taking a closer look you will see inhabitants in the K-zones, as the Kampala lowland slums are named, are connecting and creating possibilities for the dreams of a good life.
The work of community journalist lead by Network For Active Citizens Uganda, is a key element in the Dreamtown project GhettoGoGreen. The project is engaging youth in taking part in developing new ideas for more sustainable and loveable livingspaces. The groups of community journalist are documenting and communicating their stories and the transformations in the K-zones.
Melisa Namujju Brenda, 23 years, lives in the Kampala K-zone, Kyebbando and have both the experience of kholera and how basic tasks are added a dash of struggle caused by her area of living. Besides working as an educated accountant she is one of the 30 community Journalist team engaged in the #GhettoGoGreen Project. She is eager to be part of improving the space of living, starting in the areas she knows like home:
“By being a community journalist I can use my knowledge and network in the K-zone to ask questions about their dreams and how they are engaging in the change. I get to know a lot of different ways to engage in creating a sustainable solutions. By talking to people I can transfer ideas and encourage people to take part. By writing small stories to twitter and NACs (Network for Active Citizens) I get to show even more what is happening in the K-zones.”
This day Melissa was interviewing Kato Charles,23, who earns his money on walking water around the K-zone, but dreams of about trees and a environment with clean water. Afterwards she was meeting with Stanley, a social entrepreneur and leader of the local youth centre that have startet a socioeconomic venture by growing moshrooms in bags and selling them at the market.
The focus and training of community journalists are a part of the long term focus in Dreamtown where stories are both subject to spreading dreams and progress, but equaly the base for creating relationships and strong communities.