Changamka Na Sanaa In Kisumu: “I Choose Peace”

PAWA 254 is hosting an Artistic Campaign dubbed; Changamka Na Sanaa in Kisumu County to engage with young people and women to urge them to come out to vote and maintain peace throughout the electoral process.

They are leveragging on the catalytic power of art to educate the youth on democracy and the importance of active participation in the electoral process.

Through Graffiti, Spoken Word, Music and Dance, artists will inspire and inform the vibrancy and critical role that women and young people have in the growth and development of the society. In addition, there will also be a Pledge Wall where young people will imprint their handprints as a pledge to vote and maintain peace.

Kisumu artists coverge at Kondele to kickstart the Changamka Na Sanaa campaign.

A pledge wall and graffiti will be done in Kondele on Tuesday 20th June at the Kondele junction on the way to Manyatta from 2.00pm. A graffiti installation with music, spoken word and dance will be done in Nyalenda on Wednesday, 21st June at the Pand Pieri Primary School. On Thursday, 22nd June another graffiti installation with music, spoken word and dance will be installed in Muhoroni at the Muhoroni Township Primary School.

Kondele has always been the heart of major violence in the past elections cycles. This is now going to change.

In 2007 it experienced the darkest time in Kisumu, with various buildings gutted down, and numerous local residents losing their lives in the ensuing fiascos.

Changamka Na Sanaa
A pledge wall done earlier Tuesday at Nightingale Hospital along the Kondele-Kibos Road

A community forum will also be held at the YMCA Kisumu on Wednesday, from 9am to 11am.

The advocacy project is running in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru too, with the aim of empowering the Kenyan youth to change their social, political, and economic environments for the better by utilizing their constitutional right to vote.

Changamka na Sanaa would be used to galvanize, inspire and connect Kenyan youth to enable them to vote and engage positively and meaningfully during the electoral process.

Already, through local partners, PAWA has empowered mobilizers who are engaging with young people in these locations.

“Art is a powerful tool that transforms lives and leaves lasting impressions on everyone who engages with them. We hope to leave a mark on Kenyan voters especially women and young people as they undertake their civic duty to vote on August 8th, 2017”, remarked PAWA 254 Acting Executive Director Lynnette Micheni.