Based in the Nairobi slum of Kariobangi, Box Girls is an organization that works through boxing to instill self confidence in girls living in slums throughout Nairobi, shaping them into the next generation of community leaders.
"Box Girl" follows Sonko, one of the earliest Box Girls participants who boxed her way onto the Kenyan national women's boxing team.
This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot primarily with a Canon XA10.
Producer: Jackie Adiwinata
Director: Evan Pretzer
Cinematographer: Tim Jacks
Editor: Miranda Sita
Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
We are more than a film study abroad program. We are a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at actualitymedia.org
The Galana River. A meandering, flood-prone channel in eastern Kenya filled with crocodiles and hippos. Each year there are countless deaths due to crocodile and hippo attacks, especially among children. Flash floods are also a constant threat to the local people of the Galana river region.
Bridging The Gap is a non-profit organization that builds footbridges for marginalized communities across Sub-Saharan Africa. Derek Roulston, of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, approached Bridging The Gap with a request for a bridge over the Galana. This bridge would connect an elementary school and clinic on the north side of the river with the main highway and agricultural lands on the south side.
Harmon Parker, Bridging The Gap’s founder and director, along with professional engineer Chris Rollins, found the Helvetas suspension footbridge design to be most suitable for the surveyed region, known as Bombi.
Together, with Bridging The Gap’s welder and construction supervisor Sylvester Ouko, Bridging The Gap worked with a team of dedicated local workers from Bombi to set about building the first suspension footbridge of this kind ever attempted in East Africa.
This is the story of the Bombi Community Footbridge.