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The career fair dubbed 'career choices are your life choices' was held at the Kenya Red Cross, Kanduyi Branch. The fair whose main topic was on career planning and establishing businesses was well attended by 200 DOT participants some of whom graduated on the same day.
Key speakers included Violet Otidi the Career Trainer Manager from Equity Bank Bungoma branch, Violet Mureka, Deeva Beauty College Director and the Guest of Honor Peter Juma Nyikuri the Quality Assurance and Standards Officer at the Ministry of Youth, Gender and Sports in Bungoma County.
The main discussion was encouraging youth to access digital jobs and opportunities through their mobile phones which would help them overcome the financial challenges they faced. The youth were encouraged to…
During the week of 14th November, DOT Kenya facilitators came together at the Mvuli Suites in Nairobi for a 5-day Intern Professional Development workshop. During the workshop the facilitators were engaged in Facilitation Training, Career Planning, Social Enterprise and Gender Equality.
After each training the facilitators shared their take away from the various activities undertaken:
- Michael Asuo - ReachUp! facilitator from Western
From the session we were able to learn that if gender is well understood and practically integrated in the family, then most of the challenges in regards to gender can be eliminated leading to a gender sensitive society.
- Joseph Waweru - ReachUp! facilitator, Central
A social innovation project generates income to become self-sustaining, but…
In April this year, I was able to get a ReachUp! class of 33 students within the Kericho GK Women Prison in Keong’o, the class comprised of wardens and female prisoners who were to be released in 1 - 4 months.
It has been six months since I was deployed into my community as a DOT facilitator with a mission to empower and transform individuals’ lives. During this time I have been able to interact with people from different backgrounds and personalities. In my pursuit to mobilize participants for the ReachUp! class, I was able to get participants and the permission to train at the Kericho GK Women Prison in Keong’o.
The participants undertaking the ReachUp! program are 33 women in total aged between…
Francis Ndirangu had just completed a Diploma in Business Information & Communication Technology (DBICT) from IAT when he joined the ReachUp! program in November 2015. He did his training at the One Stop Youth Centre with Carmilla Edalia as his trainer. I met him during his graduation ceremony where he told about the role DOT played in his career progression.
I knew about DOT through the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT) where I was undertaking my Diploma in Business Information & Communication Technology (DBICT). During my time at the institution DOT facilitators were able to mobilize us for the ReachUp! program which they advocated as a youth empowerment program.
Although I knew about the program before completing my diploma, I joined ReachUp! later since I was unemployed and was looking for an activity to occupy my time. The classes…
After the business and entrepreneurship showcase at the Kenya Red Cross (KRCS) Laikipia branch I was determined to probe him further to find out his inspiration for his invention, and his dreams for his business and education. This is his story.
On the 29th of July I had the privilege of meeting Timothy an 18 year old Form Four leaver, at the KRCS Laikipia branch. I was there to attend the Business and Career Fair hosted at the centre, while he was there as a ReachUp! graduate who would showcase his invention and business idea.
After presenting his invention to those present, Timothy had stunned those present with his invention which was done flawlessly and baffled the audience because of its ingenuity.
“Early this year I was a…
When we were being recruited to be DOT facilitators, one of the requirements was that we were supposed to have the passion of giving back to the community. DOT gave us this opportunity to empower our community members. As a ReachUp! facilitator I was expected to produce deliverables such as ensuring my participants were able to get employment, continuing their education or start a business. Truth is the organization gave us, facilitators, the opportunity to become all rounded individuals by allowing us to grow in all aspects of life not just in our careers.
Beginning Monday this week it has been an eventful youth week, atleast in Busia County. Matayos sub-county, a sub county in Busia, held a cleanup exercise at Mundika market which is a kilometer away from Busia town. I was part of the group of youths who made this exercise a success.
The cleaning exercise begun at 10am during which we swept and collected garbage in the market before burning it at a burning site. The market centre was chosen for the activity as most market centers are very dirty…
In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly declared August 12 International Youth Day (IYD). This gives an opportunity to celebrate young peoples’ views and initiatives. The first IYD was marked in the year 2000 as a means of raising awareness of issues affecting young people around the world. Since then, it has been marked annually. In Kenya, the national event will be in Nakuru County.
Each year the Secretary-General of the United Nations decides upon a theme for the Day on the basis of issues of concern to young people. The theme for 2016 is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.” This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.
When you start an online business, it's hard to know what success—or failure—looks like. A start-up entrepreneur faces the worst nightmares and challenges in his way. He has to look after all the aspects of the business right from budgeting, fund raising to marketing. Collins is one such entrepreneur and he took up the challenge after attending the StartUp! training at KNLS, Nakuru.
“I am Collins Okoth and my business is online vending- more like Alibaba or closer home like OLX,” affirms Collins as he settles into a chair to tell me about the DOT StartUp! and ReachUp! Programmes effect.
Collins is among the over 150 youth trained on entrepreneurial skills at the Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) Nakuru attending their graduation ceremony. The training is facilitated by the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) in conjunction with the KNLS.
The graduation ceremony…
For many fashion conscious buyers in Kenya, there is nothing quite like the experience of having a piece of clothing tailor-made by a professional with an eye for both design and detail.
“Before enrolling in the StartUp! program I had a passion for fashion as I would design my own clothes and jewellery but I didn’t have a plan to start a business,” says Liliane Ingabire. Liliane who finished her Secondary education last year joined the StartUp! class at Tamuka Hub early this year to gain some skills as she waited to join university for her Computer Science course.
As she went through the program at the Kivuli Centre in Kabiria, Liliane learnt about the various opportunities…
Since 2010, Kenya has been taking steps to curb alcohol abuse in various parts of the country. One farmer decided to use innovation to help.
Alcohol abuse is seen as a rising crisis in Kenya, and has been prioritized as an issue for resolve by the government.
The issue is particularly visible in rural areas. One DOT Kenya partner, Mr. Kiringai Kamau, has set forth to solve the challenge of alcohol abuse in his village through a social enterprise called Shamba Dairies. " I saw many of my village mates waste away because they drunk too much alcohol. They included both men and women. I was very worried about what was happening to my…
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