Kijiji Yeetu - Transformative Action in Kenyan Villages
Kijiji yet’s initiative is one of the more interesting COVID-19 deployments in Kenya, looking into grass-root action and awareness in this era of Covid-19.
Kijiji Yeetu was registered as an association to activate village resources, knowledge, and aspirations towards development under devolved governance in Kenya. They aim to inspire change, by building an ecosystem of smart villages for future generations of young people, women, and their families in Kenyan counties and beyond.
Their deployment seeks to identify digital village champions promoting the notion of remote-working and social-distancing as well as establishing their impact within villages and communities during this season and into the future. They have engaged in a process of inspiring COVID-19 conversations and participation through social media and other digital applications.
Using Ushahidi’s platform, the Kijiji Yeetu deployment is crowdsourcing and mapping positive news, stories, and incidents that increase hope in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya. The information illustrates actual local community scenarios while also attempting to combat the plethora of misinformation and rumours. Ultimately they hope the information gleaned from their map will inform government and practitioners action in dealing with this pandemic and any other in future.