Ushahidi Updates – SMS, Red Cross, Flickr, etc…

Things are happening very quickly with Ushahidi. We just launched yesterday and there are already thousands of people visiting the site. That’s good, but not good enough.

What we need from you, more than anything, is to get the word out to your family, friends and acquaintances in Kenya. Call, email or SMS them today!

There is continued refinement and improved functionality being added all the time. Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve done and are doing.

  • You can now SMS your report to +447624802635 with your mobile phone.
  • You can email your reports and images to tips@ushahidi.com
  • We have added a “Peace Efforts” button to highlight the good things that are happening.
  • The “How you can help” page has started. The first is a way to send money via MamaMikes.com that will be distributed by the Kenyan Red Cross.
  • There are new buttons (with copy/paste code) for you to add to your websites on the about page.

Kenya Election Violence

Image by usumdelphini89 via Flickr

Other happenings:
Daudi Were and Ory Okolloh continue to foster relationships with NGOs in Kenya through the NGO Council. If you can help them, or would like to offer your assistance, please let us know.

Joshua Wanyama of AfricanPath has offered to help grow and manage images on Flickr of the post-election crisis in Kenya. You can find the Kenya Post-Election Pictures 2008 Flickr group here. Consider sending yours in and tagging your images with “KenyaElection2007″.

A big thanks to all the bloggers who have covered the launch of Ushahidi:

Digital Activists Find Ways to Help Kenya
Ushahidi: What Social Media Can Be
Ushahidi.com on KenyanPundit
Free Speech (and business) Made Easy
More ways to Help – Kenya’s Post Election Aftermath

Digital Documentation of Post-election Violence in Kenya
Technologies Role In Reporting Violence In Kenya
Ushahidi by Mweshi
Ushahidi: report acts of violence in Kenya
“Bear Witness”

Nigerian Digerati Need to Create Web Tools Like Ushahidi
Technology for Advocacy in Kenya Crisis
Ushahidi by Alfajiri
Can I Get A Witness!
Ushahidi by Ntwiga

Concern over under-reporting of dead prompts digital project in Kenya
Kenia: Zeitzeugen gesucht
Kenya: A tool for reporting acts of violence
Working to track the violent crimes in Kenya

Swahili bloggers:
Una ushahidi wa yanayojiri Kenya?
Ushahidi + Ukurasa Maalum Wa Kenya + Action Alerts Blog

15 thoughts on “Ushahidi Updates – SMS, Red Cross, Flickr, etc…

  1. meg

    this is incredible. unfortunately my phone was stolen before christmas and i’ve lost all my kenyan contacts’ numbers. i wish i could help more. have you gotten many texts??? i thought texting had been stopped?

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  3. Rottuk

    Ongera kwa kazi nzuri. We really need enough ushahidi to bring those who killed innocent citizen in the name of election violence.

  4. Dan

    I think this is a great service and I am amazed at how fast this has been created. I have a few thoughts though:

    1. It would bre great if it was opened up not just to events in Kenya but also other countries in struggles. It would attract more attention.

    2. Then name Ushahidi needs some translation or replacment, it isn’t too obviouse and is hard to remember for a person following what is happening in kenya but who isn’t a resident.

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  7. webringnet.com

    this is a great works. i’m asian and dreaming of peace around the world. i hope that this is going to inspired others to blog about peace,humanity and clean political too.

  8. sokari

    Hi, Just a note to say that the Ushahidi badges are all to big to fit on my sidebars. If you could make a slightly smaller one without loosing the message that would be great
    thanks
    sokari

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