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Child Labour

With their roots in the Coastal region, George Biff and Masha Mapenzi were found to be best suited champions for a project to eliminate Child Labor practices in Kenya’s most beautiful, yet poorest, district. When they agreed to lend their strengths as powerful communicators to both young and old, they brought innovative energy to the project.

Biff is a Producer for Royal Media Services (RMS) and Morning Presenter of theKudzacha Radio Show, Bahari FM, 94.2 at the Coast, owned by RMS. Mapenzi is a well-known African Gospel and Afro-fusion singer, awarded the Coast Awards – Diaspora Artist of the Year and Runner up Female Artist of the Year, both in 2010. Both spokespersons were born on the Coast, Biff in Kaloleni and Mapenzi in Watamu. They recently shared with SCOPE representatives their hopes and motivations in joining this important effort.

George Biff saw at least half of his fellow students sent off to work while still in Primary School in Kaloleni which is still a common problem even up to date.

Biff’s voice is heard by hundreds of thousands of Coastal and other parts of the country’s residents, on his daily morning broadcast on Bahari FM. Speaking in Kiswahili, as well as in the local Mijikenda languages, he is able to reach out with messages that sensitize the community, give hope to the children, and encouragement to their families. He has interviewed SCOPE representatives about Child Labor issues and the program to eliminate Child Labor on the Coast. 

Masha Mapenzi sees her music as an avenue to be ambassador for the Coast. “I try to incorporate the language and the culture, to break down the stereotype that Coast people are lazy,” she said.
Mapenzi appeared at the World Day against Child Labor event in Tezo to speak to the thousands of children, their families, teachers and local leaders against Child Labor practices. 

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SCOPE works with various government institutions, local agencies and non-governmental organizations to drive forth its agenda of social change in the communities. Our partners in our projects include Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Local Governments, World Food Programme,   USAID, International labour organization, US Peace Corps, Population Council, APHIA II, FHI, PSI/K, VSO Jitolee just but to mention a few.