Peace Initiative Uses The Ushahidi Platform: Building Bridges

Butterfly Works and Media Focus on Africa are two organizations that are not new to Ushahidi. They tested our Alpha version in 2008 and did the Peace Heroes Project, which you can read about in our archive and download a use case on our wiki. Both organizations and its partners have embarked on a new initiative called Building Bridges. It uses the Ushahidi mapping platform, plus a component developed to work with the popular content management system Joomla. They will share this component with the greater Ushahidi community in the near future. The campaign website provides various ways of linking individuals and organizations. The mapping tool gives an overview of Registered Peace Building Activities throughout the country.The search functionality includes selection on location, fields of expertise and type of activity. Through ‘Yellow Pages’ one can find the contact details of professional operating organizations for information or assistance.

Building Bridges Initiative

Building Bridges Initiative

The aim of Building Bridges is to raise awareness and reward citizens involved in peacemaking and to encourage Kenyans to start new peace building initiatives. The initiative launched on April 2, 2010. Building Bridges will recognize and reward peacemakers and peace projects across Kenya as a way of strengthening the peace building capacity of Kenyan citizens. Kenya needs peace to prosper and everyone has a role to play. The campaign supports people from all backgrounds to make a change. Building Bridges, in partnership with Media Focus on Africa Foundation and Butterfly Works, is raising awareness and support for the winning initiatives and individuals through an interactive online platform http://buildingbridges.co.ke. The campaign will run for three months and the winning individuals and organizations will receive cash prizes.

Building Bridges is open to all Kenyans engaged in peace building and peacemaking activities, including organizing peace gatherings, community discussions, creative and sportive activities or even holding festivities and doing pro-bono work to ensure peace in areas. Building Bridges is putting them all on the map and rewarding the most promising projects.

Individuals stand to win Ksh. 50,000/= and organizations can win Ksh. 100,000/= to Ksh. 150,000/= to support their peace building cause.

As always, there are many ways to submit information (a hallmark of Ushahidi)

• Send an SMS to short code 5447 (on Safaricom and Zain, no extra cost)
• E-mail: act@buildingbridges.co.ke
• On the web: www.buildingbridges.co.ke
• Or via Mail: P.O. Box 660-00606, Nairobi, Kenya

Prizes

All registered peace initiatives will be recognized and have their efforts promoted on our online mapping platform. In addition, a jury will select the winners of our cash prizes. Building Bridges offers three cash prize awards:
• 1 Individual will win Ksh. 50,000/= of which half in cash and half in goods and services for the peace activities
• 1 Community Based Organization will win Ksh. 100,000/= to be used by the organization for peace activities
• 1 Civil Society Organization will win Ksh. 150,000/= to be used by the organization for peace activities

The results of the competition will be publicized through an advert in The Standard newspaper, and winners will receive their prizes during a prize-giving event in Nairobi.

  1. SocialNEEDS Network works with other networks to promote peace-building and conflict prevention. We are a member of PeaceNet Trust Kenya and the Nyanza regional focal point. We do community development with community-based organizations in four thematic areas: Research, Training, Consultancy and Networking.

  2. I come to know about the building bridges through a radio station known as jambo.I was pleased with with their talk ,i intend to register our youth group,pleas help since piece is all we need.

  3. Hallo my fellow patriotic kenyan,i’m amember a youth HURUMA PEACE CLUB Situated in NRB Huruma estate .we are aiming to restore peace after the post election violence therefore your support is essentialy needed.Make arrangement to oversee our project,thank yu in advance.

  4. i am very pleased with this peace initiative.i am certain it will change the face of kenya as a country.

  5. I am very touched with your peace initiative and your efforts of trying to bring peace in our country.I am a member of Simama Pamoja Peace Initiative in Mathare(3C)in Nrb and we use art(community theatre) as tool to reachout to the community and try to bring peace and encouragethe culture of togetherness.thnk i hope will work together in realising peace in our beloved country Kenya.

  6. THI IS THE RIGHT PATH TOWARDS CHANGING KENYAS WAY O F LIVING HARMONIASLY WITH EACH OTHER, I BELIEVE PEACE STARTS WITH MYSELF,TO MY NEIGHBOUR AND EXTENDS TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, LETS KEEP MVING WITH THIS INITIATIVE OF PEACE, ITS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD TO BUILD OUR NATION.

  7. I’m a developer working on ushahidi presently, I will like to have a feel of the joomla component. I will appreciate if it could be made available.my email:: lukmanadeleke at gmail dot com.
    Thanks

  8. Iam really pleased by yuor peace initiative because to me peace is the cornerstone for allthe developments .Having attended an international peace buildind and reconciliation seminor ,i recommend that with peace we can achieve wonderful developments in our country and in the world at large because of our understandfing in the economic , social,politicaland cultural realms.

  9. I’ve just browsed and came across this site.This is a light in the wilderness that will never be extinguished.Long live peace!

  10. Am an ardent peace maker from the North rift- from an organization called Centre For Human Rights and Democracy-Eldoret, i heard about building bridges from Film Aid International. This is quite an incouraging endeveour.Would like to suport and subscribe.

  11. we are a group of youth who have proposals on peace initiative but lack organisation to work under.

  12. This is a great idea, we need peaceful co existence in order to have a better tomorrow and a better Kenya even after we are gone, i would like to be involved in building bridges through music i.e writing and singing, i believe there is power in this.