Our Film and International Development workers, Tracy Pallant and Amy Peckham, have just returned from Kenya having kicked off a new Girl Talk initiative building skills, cultural connections and positive role models for girls across the world. This was the first exchange visit for Valley and Vale Community Arts and Gem TV to Maji Moto in Kenya. Together we aim to research and learn about each others’ communities, and explore the possibilities of developing mutually beneficial projects. Skilled Community Artists from Valley and Vale Community Arts and Gem TV in Ethiopia began workshops in digital storytelling and film production with girls and staff at Enkiteng Lepa School, to enable the Maasi girls and women to create stories to share with the Betws Community in Wales, and with Women’s Aid in Bridgend to develop their new link. This new exciting project aims to contribute towards the UN Millennium development Goals, (the MDGs are the United Nations global framework for halving world poverty, signed up to by 154 nations) by – Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women, enabling a new Global Partnership For Development, and Achieving Universal Primary Education. As part of our ongoing International Development Programme this first trip to Kenya widens our Wales-Africa network. We are very excited because we strongly believe that making connections between community, charitable and cultural initiatives in both Africa and Wales will bring huge benefit to both into the future.
This project is linking girls in Ethiopia, Kenya and Wales. In addition to our Film and International Development team, this project has also been enabled by our Ethiopian partner, the successful woman film-maker Adanech Admassu, who has made award winning documentaries about early marriage and FGM, and will be working with Hellen Nkururaiya the founder of the Kenyan School on a new film with the Masaai community.