Kenya: Using theater to shine the spotlight on climate change | Global Ideas | DW


The Kenyan people face multiple challenges including low levels of education, early marriages, deforestation and the fact that a third of the population lives in poverty. In addition, climate change is leading to more frequent and longer lasting droughts.

Could theater help people solve these complex problems? Supported by The Art of Building Resilience project – a small grants project of the International Climate Initiative IKI – the non-governmental organization SAFE Kenya brings actors and education experts to local villages to listen people’s problems and use their stories as inspiration to develop a play.

Long-lasting droughts make cattle farming increasingly difficult

Villagers can explore potential solutions to real problems on stage and eventually transfer them into their own lives. We accompanied a family for several weeks as they embarked on the project.

Project: SAFE Pwani; International Climate Initiative (IKI) Small Grants Program

Objective of the project :

The IKI Small Grants funding program is implemented by the German development agency GIZ and supports non-profit projects and initiatives that address its four funding areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change, conservation of carbon sinks and reduction of emissions from deforestation, and biodiversity conservation

Project duration: Works until 2025

Project funding : Up to €200,000 ($225,366) per individual project

A film by Tabea Mergenthaler


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