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Smart Village: positivity and connectedness of local communities

Inspirational stories and messages from villages using local resources, knowledge, and opportunities

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Scenario 1: Kanduyi village, Bungoma County, Kenyan man hooks the PA system to his bike to sensitize residents about the coronavirus. A Kenyan man has stolen the hearts of Kenyans on social media with his gallant efforts in sensitizing Kenyans on the coronavirus. He has fashioned his motorbike into a moving billboard complete with a public address system. Every day, he leaves his house and hits the street corners making stop-overs every so often to sensitize the people.

Scenario 2: Kibera village, Nairobi County, Fashion designer David Ochieng also known as "Avido" works on face masks which he makes from fabric scraps at his house in Kibera. Avido distributes the masks to the people of Kibera for free to wear as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19

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Reports on the citizens' micro-actions and stories of change handling of Corona making a difference in the country

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

The stories have motivated reactions and likes from the public, despite limited information. Telling their stories on Facebook:, Linkedin, and Twitter: that was translated into  (COVID19PositiveNews) This was a motivating factor that helped me adopt precautionary measures. The moments of joy away from the fear and anxiety is that citizen's stories are part of the inspiration to the world. 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

The stories from the villages and small towns were hashtagged and shared on Instagram, Facebook:, Twitter: that was translated into  (COVID19PositiveNews), Linkedin, and Whatsapp. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • National Government
  • News: Digital
  • News: Print
  • Social Media
  • NGO or Non-profit Organization
  • Word of Mouth
  • SMS Alerts

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

Social media have limited information for local people in the rural areas and informal settlements with or without fragile social security nets to test, cases of recovery, test or quarantine and positive self-care amid hardships and misinformation through community networks. The need for cash to document positive stories and share inspirational messages is key.

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

informal settlements and rural communities in the villages less prepared to live on mini lockdown, that started last week March 17th, 2020, as most of them (youth) need messages of hope and stories to be documented, told and celebrated. 

What is your current profession?

social scientist

In what city are you located?

Nairobi, Kenya

In what country are you located?



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Photo of Isaac Jumba

Hello Rapudo Hawi thank you for highlighting these two examples - from the look of things, they were super effective in helping communicate the messages to the communities in a local context. Ashley Tillman any thoughts?

Photo of Rapudo Hawi

Thanks, Isaac Jumba, This important for us at the moment, to propel community action and storytelling of change that communicate values and virtues from local people in Kenya