By Protus Onyango

Students paint different picture of foreign aid by Protus Onynago The Associated Press recognized Pamoja Together, an exchange program telling stories on the impact of foreign aid from the recipients’ angle. Boston University students worked with Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOST) and Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK) to conduct field research and create high quality productions that capture compelling stories of aid. Students in Pamoja feel the positive sediment towards aid. Beatrice Orwako, one of the students in the program, says aid is critical in developing rural areas. Recipient organizations also feel the positive sediment towards aid. Stories featured local Kenyan organizations such as Keeping Alive Societies Hope (KASH) and Care for the Earth. Care for the Earth’s country coordinator stated, “the success stories from the people, State and non-State agencies have brought about positive change. The powerful multiplier effect of the media will help see such success-story programs emulated and replicated elsewhere in society.” The program is part of BU’s Program on Crisis Response and Reporting, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington D.C., the BU College of Communication, the School of Public Health, and the Center for Global Health and Development. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded the project.

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