DigiTales in Kenya

Icebreaker Productions and  Koinonia Community from Kenya arranged digital storytelling workshops for former street boys from Kibera in November – December 2011.


The purpose of the project was to give a voice to street children in Kibera and Kenyan society as a whole and thus promote children’s rights in Africa. The aim was also to develop the former street children’s self-esteem and understanding of the world in a creative way.

Sixteen former street boys aged 10-16 from Ndugu Mdogo Rescue Center at the heart of Kibera took part in the initiative. The project also included the training of local trainers.

A touching 30-minute-long video was made of the boys own stories, photographs and video material.  It was shown to the community and guests in a Red Carpet Event in Shalom House in Nairobi on 10 December 2011. The storytellers were the stars of the event. The programme also contained a children’s photo exhibition. Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation KBC covered the event in several news broadcasts.

The project was initiated by Icebreaker Productions and was partly supported by the Foreign Ministry of Finland.

More information here. 

DigiTales video.

Producer and DigiTales trainer: Marita Rainbird

DigiTales trainer: Aija Salovaara

“Digital Storytelling – Form and Content”

was published in the UK by Palgrave McMillan in early 2018. This edited collection brings together academics and practitioners from all over the world to explore the uses of Digital Storytelling, which places the greatest possible emphasis on the voice of the storyteller. Marita is proud to be one of the writers  with her “My Story from Kibera” article.