Education  Kenya Project #43813

Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020

by Good Kenyan Foundation
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Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Equip, Mentor and Empower Kenyan Youth in 2020
Mama Pascal came to Thank & wish us well
Mama Pascal came to Thank & wish us well

Greetings from Good Kenyan

We pray this finds you and your loved ones well.

We last wrote to you when we had just started Cohort 9 and we are grateful that we completed successfully in 30th June 2021. We incorporated a hybrid system on both physical and online training due to Covid -19 safety precautions and the lessons from cohort 8 where we did remote learning. We feel this new structure is more impactive as we get to interact, observe and share with the youth when in physical sessions and they get to learn the art of self-paced learning through the online classes which is what the future of learning looks like.

Experiential learning goes along way and our mentors went out of the way to offer first hand experience to their mentees in different sectors, an example is Mercy who mentored Michelle; She took her personal time to take her mentee to several hotels and restaurants in Nairobi for her to view some exemplary interior designs and gain inspiration. Michelle aspires to study interior design and curate beautiful spaces for people to eat, live and relax in.

Three of the youth enrolled are now in work placement learning directly from experts in the industries they aspire to work in.

Pascal through our partnership with Seeds for Hope has joined College of Human Resource Management in Nairobi to study a Diploma in Human Resource, this is a dream come true for him because he had lost hope of furthering his education embarking on the hardship of fishing in Lake Victoria before he joined Good Kenyan.

The youth were able to make several boxes for our clients during various campaigns and we are grateful for these opportunities as it allows them to make pocket money for daily upkeep.

Cohort 10.

We are currently fundraising for part of this cohort and youth from cohort 9 paid it forward by producing 200 birthday boxes for this campaign. The fundraising committee curated items in the boxes from products donated by several corporate and SME partners in Kenya to be sold to our community in a way of raising funds

This July we began Cohort 10!

We successfully recruited 25 students who started their physical classes in July. This is the highest single intake for us, we had so many really deserving youth that we didn’t want to leave behind. In order to take them and run the physical classes safely, we reached out to Tarpo Industries through our networks to donate a large tent that we could use as an overflow in our center. To which they generously accepted our request and donated the tent.  We are grateful for this donation that allows for social distancing, we issue masks and have placed multiple sanitizers to ensure hand hygiene during sessions.

We would like to share about Zipporah, who did her high school (KCSE) examinations and scored an A- mean grade in 2019 but missed her university spot since she was unable to raise the initial fees of USD 360 needed to enroll and apply for government student loans (HELB) This is exclusive of accommodation and utilities. This is really a heart-breaking case; an intelligent young girl has been working as a house help and grocery shop attendant instead of furthering her education. Zipporah lives in the outskirts of Thika which is about 100km for our center and we are looking for a safe hostel or a sponsor for her bus fare for her to undertake our program and eventually help her get a scholarship and a place back at the university. We are currently supporting her by paying her bus fare from the main kitty as we look for a way out for her. Kindly reach out to us if you have a way to help out Zipporah.

This month we are appealing for monthly/ recurring donors as this helps us plan better and ensure we give more value in what more to our programs. If you can give monthly kindly to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-kenyan-youth-with-sustainable-livelihoods/ and click recuring donor and support us support more youth from underserved communities. We are also raising funds through the curated boxes mentioned above and several Good Kenyan Merchandise; to order kindly call or text +254793642707

 

Thank you for your continued patronage, we would never do what we do without you and your support. We would like to especially mention Dennis Ombachi who is currently at Tokyo Olympics for creating a social medial campaign that help us raise funds in Mid-June.

Our facilitator Grace conducting final interview
Our facilitator Grace conducting final interview
Interviews for C10
Interviews for C10
Welcome Cohort 10, Robert shares his story
Welcome Cohort 10, Robert shares his story
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Materials for Art, Design & Crafts Classes s
Materials for Art, Design & Crafts Classes s

PROGRAM UPDATE OCTOBER 2020

Good News!

The Government of Kenya reopened Universities and Colleges and Ten youth from Cohort 7 are finally in University/College settling down. We would like to thank our Mentors for contributing funds additional funds to Susan enabling her not to miss her spot at Maseno University. Susan’s fees were USD 260 and she had saved USD 130 from doing part-time jobs after Good Kenyan and the mentors contributed the balance 160 and also gave her pocket money to cater for upkeep. We would also like to thank her mentor Shiru Mwai for giving Susan part-time work in her Interior Design Firm Wonder Concepts Ltd.

Cohort 8 Training Update

We began cohort 8 in early September and a lot of content has been covered by the Trainers bringing us to the halfway mark with each module.  The Cohorts are now more empowered to handle and operate computers, they are more aware of themselves and others as they build personal and interpersonal relationships, they are growing more and more hands-on with making boxes, cutting and plotting; and they are now more empowered to start, register and run a business with little help.

With only 8 weeks left, the trainers are preparing to finalize the content as well as fine-tune any gaps that may arise. The students have had physical sessions, in small groups, with the Art & Design trainer, and seem to be more and more interested in the art of box and card making.

Guest Speakers

We have had several guest speakers and in the month of October; Ann Ichungwa of Wylde International tackled Personal Finance. She challenged the students to practice saving now when they are earning ‘small’ and not to wait for the big bucks to start a saving culture.  James Karongo of LCVT Health tackled Relationships & Sex while challenging the students to make wise and informed decisions about their sexual and mental health; not just act toward their feelings. Finally, Doris Muigei of Shortlist tackled the Career classes where she took the students through a process to evaluate the best career choices available to them based on their personality and strengths.  

Teambuilding

 On the 30th of October, all students from within and without Nairobi are scheduled to gather at the open-air Nairobi Arboretum for a socially distanced Teambuilding Activity that will see the students meet each other for the first time since they began this Online Cohort.  They will be joined by the Co-founders, Trainers, and staff for a fun and refreshing day that is bound to be fun.  We hope to create more teamwork and cohesiveness among class members and trainers by the end of the day.

Mentorship Journey begins

Recruitment for Mentors began early in October. So far, 25 mentors have been successfully recruited and are preparing for the Mentors’ Workshop scheduled for October 31st, 2020 via Zoom. With a rich combination of former and new mentors, we hope to have Mentors begin their year-long Mentorship Journey in November 2020.

Orientation Day for Cohort
Orientation Day for Cohort

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Classes began on 18th February with 18 students at the Good Kenyan center until the COVID 19 pandemic hit Kenya in March 2020 where we moved classes online. We closed this cohort at the end of May with 16 students sadly discontinuing two due to absenteeism.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Quick Response: When the government gave the directive to close all schools, we instructed our students to stay at home and practice the precautionary measures. We then began planning for online classes via Zoom, trained the students on how to use Zoom for classes as well as Moodle. It took a while to catch on, but by the 2nd week, we had 100% attendance and participation. In time, the students were so enthusiastic about classes that they lamented in their journals if they did not have a class.

Empowerment sessions: The Entrepreneurship and Life Skills classes empowered the students to seize business opportunities around them as well as deal effectively with the various challenges they were facing at the home front and/or personal level. Such practical lessons, filled with sharing personal experiences and tips helped the students maintain a positive attitude through the season. Counseling sessions were also available to the students, and a number received assistance via online counseling.

The Life Skills class is one of the most interactive classes. Often the students are required to do an ice-breaker or game outside and also work in discussion groups. Lessons faced a challenge as soon as the lock-down began. The facilitator then engaged the students in topics and discussions they could hold with their family members as well as discuss topics that would help the students deal with the challenges they were facing during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The weekly journals kept the facilitator informed on what the students were learning, the home front, and the challenges thereof and even enabled her to isolate non-responsive students and provide assistance(counseling or otherwise) to alleviate the challenges.

Various Guest speakers came to speak to the students on various matters as per the syllabus on both platforms, face-to-face at the center or online via Zoom. The Life Skills Facilitator planned and prepared both the students and Guest Speakers for these sessions.

The Computer classes were of benefit to many students who came with the interest to learn the computer. Class attendance and concentration were good as the students involved their teacher. However, with the closure of schools, a couple of challenges emerged. Few students had access to a computer and therefore struggled to follow in the online lessons. This also led to a challenge in submitting their assignments. The Computer facilitator also cited challenges in switching to Moodle Learning. All in all, the students showed commendable interest despite their challenges and the facilitator was available to coach the students outside of Zoom class sessions in order to help them grasp the concept or work on their assignments.

The art class is mostly practical. It is the class that yields the beautiful boxes, cards, and other crafts that students learn to make as they interact first hand with the Art facilitator. Best results are achieved when the facilitator and student are in the same room. This way, the facilitator can guide and correct the student and the student can access materials provided by Good Kenyan, ask questions, work, and receive instant feedback. As such, this class suffered greatly as soon as the closure of schools was enforced. The students could only learn so much from the Zoom Sessions, and after a few sessions, the classes stopped with the hope of the country opening up soon. The plan is to have the students come in batches as soon as schools are opened, so they can complete the syllabus.

The Entrepreneurship class has made a great impact on the students, with some starting small businesses while they were still in the program. The class is designed both to teach the students the theory of business and practice the lessons learned. With the pandemic, the class took a more pragmatic approach as the facilitator encouraged the students to seize and make the best of the business opportunities around them. This led to a more enriching Entrepreneurship experience that we hope the students continue to use as they go on in life.

Financial Help: Owing to the various financial challenges the students and their families face, it quickly became apparent that airtime to enable an hour of Zoom was quite a burden for many parents. Good Kenyan then stepped in. Friends and sponsors gave to ensure that each student received sh. 50 every day at 10 is, ahead of the 11 am class. This ensured that no student was unable to attend class. This continued all through the June Zoom classes.

In April, Good Kenyan shared a care package with the needy students, especially those from Kibera which included basic household items to help the families our students (current and former) come from.

MISSED PROGRAM MILESTONES

Book-club: Due to various challenges, the book club sessions were not able to continue online.

Mentorship-The students were not able to meet and have Mentorship sessions as the program requires due to the pandemic. However, we have picked out the mentors and are preparing for an Online Mentors’ Zoom session on the 10th of July, 9 am-11 am.

Work-placement: The students were not able to do their work placement due to the pandemic. Management is scouting for organizations to place the students as soon as the country opens up to achieve this milestone.

GOOD NEWS

We held the graduation ceremony for Cohort 5 and 6 in early March. Our guest speaker Margaret from the FORD foundation encouraged the students to use her personal story growing up in rural Kenya and working extra hard to be where she is. She advised them to keep working on their goals and use the experience in Good Kenyan to impact their communities.

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We would like to thank everyone who gave into our campaign that ended on 31st December 2019. We raised USD 5,417 from 179 donors, and earned USD 25 on day one of the campaigns from GlobalGiving and made USD 141 bonus day on 11th December 2019 and USD 500 from the last day of the campaign. The total amount of the entire campaign was USD 6,083 and after GlobalGiving fees, we received USD 5,255.57 on 29th January 2020.

Because of your generous contribution, we interviewed 38 youth and picked 18 to join our program in February 2020 up to May 2020. These youths are mainly from the neighboring Kibera slums but we also had to take some from other areas of Nairobi.

The new cohort started on 18th February 2020 with 9 girls and 9 boys. The orientation week was undertaken by former students who inducted them into the program with the help of Maureen the program coordinator. The classes officially began on 24th February 2020.

We are so happy to start the journey with these youths who are eager to be equipped, mentored and empowered. We would like to share briefly about two of them, Mutio from Kibera has been idle at home since she graduated from high school and got pregnant in the process and is now a single mother of one. On being selected to join Good Kenyan; she feels she has a second chance in life learning computers and entrepreneurship so that she can start a business and cater to her child. Kilonzo was born in Makueni County and was educated through high school by our partner Seeds for Hope can’t wait to meet his mentor and have an established lawyer walk him through the journey before joining the University of Nairobi to study law. Kilonzo’s role model is Governor Kibwana and he hopes to meet him one day.

We will keep sharing more of our students in the next reports.

We are currently recruiting mentors and if you are based in Kenya and would like to mentor, kindly email our mentor coordinator on mentoringcoordinator@goodkenyan.co.ke. If you would also like to volunteer any skill do not hesitate to get in touch with us at info@goodkenyan.co.ke.

We did not reach our campaign goal and we are kindly urging you to continue giving in to the campaign in order for us to reach and impact more youth. We urgently need more computers as we have only 5 functioning and training, 18 students, on them, it is a big challenge, we will be launching a computer campaign shortly. if you have a laptop that you do not use kindly email Lucy@goodkenyan.co.ke or humphreykayange@goodkenyan.co.ke and we will arrange for collection. 

We look forward to a successful cohort impacting Kenyan youth.

God Bless you all

 

Good Kenyan Founders

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Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Lucy Kimaru
Nairobi, Kenya

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