Students in Nairobi, Kenya, collaborate in the Youth Innovation Lab

We just began a new partnership in Kenya and 11 youth participated in our Youth Innovation Lab. Out of the 11 ideas we selected a girls' empowerment program, a Kibera clean-up program, and a library program.


The storyboards for some of the ideas are below.



Girls' & Womens' Empowerment

  • "According to my observations, men and boys are seen to be more superior than girls in almost every field. Most commonly in culture, education and also in careers and jobs."

  • 44% male justification of wife beating


Kibera Clean-Up

  • "Here in Kibera there is no good health, there is waste which passes everywhere that causes various diseases which even lead to death."

  • 2.5 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements in Nairobi representing 60% of the Nairobi population


Library/Literacy Program

  • 72.2% adult literacy rate

  • 84% primary school enrollment

  • 81.6% female youth literacy rate

  • 83.2% male youth literacy rate


You can learn more about our partner in Nairobi, Garden of Hope Foundation, here.


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