Sawa Partners with Cinema Production Company in Rwanda

Sawa Partners with Cinema Production Company in Rwanda

Sawa Founder, Daphne Nederhorst’s African journey is in full swing and exciting things are happening! In Rwanda, Nederhorst has met with a Sawa Leader to review project progress and begun a new partnership with local film school, Kilisimbi Cinema Production.

Kilisimbi Cinema Production (Cinema for Social Change) started out as a unique, independent non-profit organization in 2008. Founder, Placide Magambo, who is no stranger to the development field, has worked as a media consultant for the UNDP, UNICEF and more. The organization’s mission reflects Magambo’s expertise as it works to teach people living in impoverished communities to use cinema as a medium for more effective communication and a catalyst for positive social change. Kilisimbi’s production team, which consists of 35 volunteers (mainly youth), includes professionally trained journalists, reporters, legal advisors and administrators.

The team has reviewed Sawa’s Youth Media Training Program (YMTP) and are excited to partner with Sawa. Sawa's Youth Media Training Director, Neal Hicks, will work with the Kalisimbi team to adapt the program to the Rwandan context. Through the partnership, we will train at least 10 new youth and document 10 new Sawa Leaders in their community in the next two years. This will impact 200,000 people as the youth journalists share the solutions of the Leaders in surrounding communities.

Sawa also provided a small seed grant ($1000) to Kilismbi to find and document potential Sawa Leaders in Rwanda over the next few months before the launch of the YMTP. The official training program will start later this year with a group of five vulnerable youth.

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