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Community Voices: Shaping the Future of West Orange Public Library

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The West Orange Public Library isn't just building a new facility; it's aiming to co-create a vibrant community hub with the people who make West Orange special. We're diving deep, not just into blueprints and bookshelves, but into the heartbeat of our community. How? By putting communities in the driver's seat, partnering with them to ensure their insights, concerns and aspirations shape amd improve the Library's future. We're crunching numbers, studying demographics, analysing how patrons actually use the library, all to ensure that the new space will grow into more than just a building—it will be a reflection of the diverse and dynamic community.

Your Neighbourhood, Your Narrative.

LOCATION

KISUMU, KENYA

YEAR

2018

PARTNERS

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A comprehensive map that spotlights key stakeholders, helping us ensure the library is a place of expression for all its community members. Come join the conversation and be a part of this journey.

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Celebrating and empowering the remarkable women of Manyatta, Kenya, through creative planning strategies and inclusive policies, fostering a positive transformation within the community and opening doors to new opportunities and prosperity.

Community Voices: Shaping the Future of West Orange Public Library

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This project focuses on the future of Manyatta, Kisumu's largest informal settlement, examining its rapid growth, development pressures, and untapped human capital. Rather than employing a rigid "master planning" approach, the project advocates for "pilot planning" to allow flexible, short-term goals that don't limit long-term options, emphasizing infrastructural and gender-specific issues. Acknowledging the significant role of women in Manyatta's micro-economy, the project aims to empower them and change cultural perceptions, while also highlighting the importance of social spaces and policies to reinforce the settlement's socio-economic identity.

Your Neighbourhood, Your Narrative.

LOCATION

WEST ORANGE, USA

YEAR

2018

PARTNERS

XXX

In Manyatta, a Kenyan informal settlement, women face significant challenges that hinder their empowerment and recognition. They endure limited access to education, poor health conditions, and barriers to capital and job opportunities. Regrettably, their contributions to the workforce are often overlooked, impeding their economic and social development. This pressing issue calls for urgent action.

We must implement pilot planning strategies and gender-inclusive policies to create social spaces and support systems that empower women. By fostering gender equity, economic prosperity, and social integration in Manyatta, we can transform lives and build a brighter future for the community.

SPREAD THE WORD

In Manyatta, a Kenyan informal settlement, women face significant challenges that hinder their empowerment and recognition. They endure limited access to education, poor health conditions, and barriers to capital and job opportunities. Regrettably, their contributions to the workforce are often overlooked, impeding their economic and social development. This pressing issue calls for urgent action.

We must implement pilot planning strategies and gender-inclusive policies to create social spaces and support systems that empower women. By fostering gender equity, economic prosperity, and social integration in Manyatta, we can transform lives and build a brighter future for the community.

SPREAD THE WORD

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