Jul 28, 2020

Help Venezuelans with digital and media literacy

One of the main achievements we have had as a result of the donation is generating employment for Venezuelan young people. "Gladys Guzmán" is a Venezuelan girl living in Medellín who found an opportunity to improve her living conditions through technology. 

"Gladys Guzmán" were awarded a scholarship to be part of an intensive programming bootcamp in which she learned about programing languages for front end and back end software development, personal skills, and employability. Now, she is working for a Company as a Fullstack developer and she keeps improving her professional skills and life skills to improve and achieve better results. 

Names have been changed to protect identities. 

May 20, 2020

Geek Academy a Passport to knowledge By MAKAIA

 

 

Many things are happening with the boys and girls that started this journey through technology.

On April 21, we had our Demo Day, an event to show the skills developed by 20 girls who are now Junior Frontend developers. Three of them are now employed by companies and they have the opportunity to improve their living conditions. We are looking for new opportunities for the rest of this group. Thanks to be part of this process!

Nowadays, 24 youths are part of Geek Academy, they are learning about front-end concepts, design thinking, and 21st-century skills. They are developing abilities related to these topics and preparing themselves for employment. 

We as Makaia expect that the new abilities acquired during the courses will fit the criteria of the technology sector and we can assure their employment. Access to new information on programming languages will improve their skills and increase the chances of employability. Also, it will help guarantee better living conditions. 

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Mar 30, 2020

We help Venezuelans migrants throught access to information and opportunities

Summary: In the last 5 years due to the social, economic and political crisis in Venezuela, the number of Venezuelans who have left the country amounts to 4 million according to figures from the UN Refugee Agency and the IOM. Of these, 1.3 million have arrived to Colombia, and the department of Antioquia is the fifth recipient with close to 72,000, according to data from Colombia Migration. This situation has also affected other neighboring countries such as Brazil and the Region.

This same entity indicates that until January of this year, Venezuelans with PEP (Special Permission to Stay) in the department, the majority, 31,268, are between 18 and 29 years old.

Our goal is to improve the living conditions of migrants by democratizing and facilitating access to information to opportunities and resourses that allow them to meet their basic human development needs. If we build the platform to spread and connect the humanitarian aid with the people needing it, the need of efforts done by all sides working in humanitarian crisis will be reduced, improving the life conditions of migrants currently in need, and other communities that might need help in the future.

 

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Three meet-ups were held to analyze the information needs, current uses and sources of information to which Venezuelans have access, where they connect to the internet, which media they use, which associations they know and in general, how they find out about the different activities or actions available in the city of Medellín.

After identifying the needs, Makaia in association with Alpha Lumen (organization based in Brazil) started developing a mobile application in which Venezuelans can access reliable and geo-referenced information from organizations (previously validated) that are providing support on issues such as health, education, culture, housing, jobs, and more.

A pre-release event of the app was held in Sao Paulo on October 11 of 2019, where social organizations and students could see advances of the development of the app.

In order to help to maximixe the impact of the project, several meetings with social organizations in Medellín took place since the beginning of the project, building a database of offers of humanitarian help in Medellín and receiving feedback of the organizations to ease the app development as a win-win tool to the people in need and the organizations offering humanitarian help.

Furthermore, digital literacy workshops are planned in order to help the people in need access valuable information using internet. The date for these workshops and also the release date of the app are pending due the national calendar of restrictions in movility programmed for march and april of 2020 to prevent COVID19 spreading.

We as Makaia expect that this project will help the most migrant people in need of humanitarian help as possible, also helping the NGOs to get to their target audiencies, aiming to spread the wellbeing and dignified life for those in need.

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