“Community Capacity Building through ICT” in Mitume, Kenya

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Title: “Community Capacity Building through ICT”
Partner: Mitume Community Development Project (MCDP) under its coordinator Augustien Githua
Duration: Feburary 2016 till September 2018 
Financial Support: Foundation North-South Bridges through means of the German Federal Ministry for Development Cooperation, Foundation Umverteilen and private donations

Many enthusiastic young people from our community applied for Leapfrog provided Computer training”,

said Augustine, the Coordinator of the Mitume Community Development Project, our local collaboration partner. There is no similar programme in the district and schools are poorly equipped with modern hardware. Most of the families in Tuwan location are poor and many young people have no job or odd jobs.  However, job opportunities can be found with the appropriate qualification. That’s why we have decided to design an IT education programme in close cooperation with our partner organisation that is tailor-made to the needs of the participants. Each training unit concludes with an examination. For advanced students we are in preparations for coding classes and practical software development trainings.

Divided into 6 modules, students learn how to use standard office programmes, search for relevant information in the internet and coding for the advanced students

The programme also includes a module on entrepreneurship since formal jobs are rare in the area around Kitale.

Listen to what motivated Raphael to apply for the training session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCBbpE-eXA4

Supporting access to the job markets is the main objective of our joint programme with the Mitume Community Development Project

Exchange with Cameroon on tech entrepreneurship

One of the highlight in 2018 was the exchange visit of our Cameroonian partner organisation Activ Spaces in Kitale. Activ Spaces runs a Tech Hub in Buea in Cameroon, where they successfully support young coders and start ups. Objective of the exchange was to give an introduction into “Lean Business Model” and Tech Entrepreneurship and support the Mitume Community Development Project in setting up a Tech Hub in Kitale.

Communities such as Mitume are confronted with many problems. Under the guidance of ActivSpaces young people are discussing problems, solutions and business models for their community.

Promoting community development and peace

The IT training and the sports activities that run in parallel, as well as the community services aspect of the training, all attach special importance to team-work. This supports and promotes peace and harmony around Kitale, a cosmopolitan, western Kenyan town to which the Tuwan slum and Mitume Community belong, as it harbors people from numerous Kenyan and Ugandan tribes.

“Effects of post election violence of 2007- 2008 also affected most of the people in our locality”, says Augustine from the Mitume Community Development Project.

Prior to the post-election violence, youth from different communities and tribes lived together in peace. Nowadays, they can’t see eye to eye in the aftermath of election violence since many of them were involved in running battles and property looting in their opponent’s communities.

“Promoting reconciliation and peace is thus a very important aspect in our joint work with Leapfrog”, Augustine adds.

The “Falcons” lady team has come out of IT programme and now plays in the Kenyan Premier League

Title: “Community Capacity Building through ICT”
Partner: Mitume Community Development Project (MCDP) under its coordinator Augustien Githua
Duration: Feburary 2016 till September 2018 
Financial Support: Foundation North-South Bridges through means of the German Federal Ministry for Development Cooperation, Foundation Umverteilen and private donations

Many enthusiastic young people from our community applied for Leapfrog provided Computer training”,

said Augustine, the Coordinator of the Mitume Community Development Project, our local collaboration partner. There is no similar programme in the district and schools are poorly equipped with modern hardware. Most of the families in Tuwan location are poor and many young people have no job or odd jobs.  However, job opportunities can be found with the appropriate qualification. That’s why we have decided to design an IT education programme in close cooperation with our partner organisation that is tailor-made to the needs of the participants. Each training unit concludes with an examination. For advanced students we are in preparations for coding classes and practical software development trainings.

Divided into 6 modules, students learn how to use standard office programmes, search for relevant information in the internet and coding for the advanced students

The programme also includes a module on entrepreneurship since formal jobs are rare in the area around Kitale.

Listen to what motivated Raphael to apply for the training session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCBbpE-eXA4

Supporting access to the job markets is the main objective of our joint programme with the Mitume Community Development Project

Exchange with Cameroon on tech entrepreneurship

One of the highlight in 2018 was the exchange visit of our Cameroonian partner organisation Activ Spaces in Kitale. Activ Spaces runs a Tech Hub in Buea in Cameroon, where they successfully support young coders and start ups. Objective of the exchange was to give an introduction into “Lean Business Model” and Tech Entrepreneurship and support the Mitume Community Development Project in setting up a Tech Hub in Kitale.

Communities such as Mitume are confronted with many problems. Under the guidance of ActivSpaces young people are discussing problems, solutions and business models for their community.

Promoting community development and peace

The IT training and the sports activities that run in parallel, as well as the community services aspect of the training, all attach special importance to team-work. This supports and promotes peace and harmony around Kitale, a cosmopolitan, western Kenyan town to which the Tuwan slum and Mitume Community belong, as it harbors people from numerous Kenyan and Ugandan tribes.

“Effects of post election violence of 2007- 2008 also affected most of the people in our locality”, says Augustine from the Mitume Community Development Project.

Prior to the post-election violence, youth from different communities and tribes lived together in peace. Nowadays, they can’t see eye to eye in the aftermath of election violence since many of them were involved in running battles and property looting in their opponent’s communities.

“Promoting reconciliation and peace is thus a very important aspect in our joint work with Leapfrog”, Augustine adds.

The “Falcons” lady team has come out of IT programme and now plays in the Kenyan Premier League