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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

The Moth Global Community Program

by The Moth Staff

Web New Delhi Workshop March 2019

The Moth's Global Community Program began in 2014 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the aim to develop and elevate true, personal stories from extraordinary individuals in the global south. Our workshops focus on the craft of personal storytelling, helping participants turn significant life experiences into compelling, impactful stories.

The Moth’s Global Community Program conducts storytelling workshops, partnering with organizations across Africa and South Asia. So far, we’ve held workshops in Kenya, India, South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania -- and to date, we have over 300 Moth Global graduates from 46 different countries.

Moth Global Community participants submit and are selected through an application process. Once selected, participants gather for a 2.5 day workshop where they practice storytelling crafting in small groups, along with Moth instructors. At the end of each workshop, participants are invited to share their story in front of fellow participants and in many cases they go on to share their stories with peers, policy-makers, and in critical forums including the the International Conference on Family Planning.

Many participants apply their stories to advocacy and change-making work, addressing issues such as:

  • HIV/AIDS education and prevention

  • Gender Equality

  • Agricultural Improvement
  • Family Planning

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases

Web Kigali Uganda Icfp Show Nov 2018

Many of our Global Program participants have also been featured on Moth stages and on The Moth Radio Hour and Podcast. See our playlist below or click here to watch some Global stories!

Participants are saying:

  • “The craft I learnt from you on personal storytelling actually inspired me more and now am translating the skills into action for social change.” — Godfrey Ochieng

  • "I learned that everyone has a story that if told well, can move others to change and perhaps even move them from a dark place to one of light and hope." — Caroline Abilat

  • "This Moth opportunity was really important. It taught me that there is an audience out there that needs to know what we're doing. Telling a story resonates with people. I now look for stories that will make my work more impactful to people who need to know what we're doing." — Mercy Lung’aho

  • “It is okay to address your own vulnerabilities. Moth workshops gave me the tools to do that.” — R. Jarhum

  • "Telling true stories you can touch people's hearts and they're able to get the information." — Chilufya Kasanda

  • “I could not stop marvelling the power of storytelling and how simple, few but powerful words could quickly build trust in a room full of strangers and people who are not so close to each other.” — Lepheana Mosooane

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Global Community

A Pragmatic Idealist

by Sisonke Msimang

A pragmatic idealist learns to really listen to her friend.

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Dreams of a Young Cow Herder

by James Kassaga

A young man dreams of an iron roof for his family. 

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In a Moment

by Sitawa Wafula

Sitawa Wafula's love for her career is derailed by her health.

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The Tourist and the Refugee

by Abraham Leno

Abraham Leno's dream of college is threatened when war breaks out in his country. 

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My Hero

by Sarah Lee Nakintu

Sarah Lee Nakintu fears her dream of education has been betrayed.

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When The Heart Is Full

by Fatou Wurie

Fatou Wurie recognizes her grandmother’s impact on her life during a trip to Sierra Leone.

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Beauty In Brawn

by Sandra Kimokoti

Sandra Kimokoti is challenged by ideas about body image and femininity.

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Not So Simple

by Rehema Nanfuka

Rehema Nanfuka tries to address an issue on-screen and off.

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Citizen Bina

by Bina Maseno

Bina Maseno eagerly awaits election results when she runs for political office.

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The Phone Call

by Kendi Nderitu

Kendi Nderitu looks to escape the village life.

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