People Making a Difference From Kenya’s postelection violence, an online community forms to give aid

When Sallinder Nyawira tweeted that she could help others, the response was overwhelming, and RescueBnB was born. It aims to map the locations of those in need and connect them with volunteers.

Brian Otieno

When Sallinder Nyawira received panicked messages from a colleague last August amid Kenya’s postelection violence, she knew she had to help. Her colleague was hiding under a bed while bullets flew outside her home in Kibera, a slum in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Fearing for her life, she spent all day and night lying on the floor until she felt it was safe.