Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

Crafting a Future

Published on May 14, 2014 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Video | 1 comment

Many NGO’s focus on building livelihoods through agriculture. What about the people that live in areas where crop production is literally not a viable option? Kenya’s Emali district has been hit by recurring drought for the last decade, making farming next to impossible. In this documentary short, which I shot and edited, we see the blueprint of a grant from the Government of New Zealand implemented by ChildFund Kenya called “Building Resources in Two Drought Affected Communities.”


As our narrators tell us, the aim of the program is not just to build secure livelihoods of the program’s participants, but also to preserve precious and unique cultural traditions and craftwork among the Kamba and Maasai peoples in Emali. Along the way we get an idea of the artists’ creation process and even a beauty tip from the Maasai.


The program has made quite a splash in New Zealand media. 3News, Dominion Post, and the New Zealand Harold have all given it coverage.



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