Traditional models of development aid have tended to create dependence and reliance, rather than empowerment and self-sufficiency. This is the model that Human Needs Project (HNP) seeks to disrupt by empowering people to chart their own paths out of poverty. This is possible when people are first able to raise their standard of health through access to high quality water and sanitation services at a subsidized cost through our pilot Kibera Town Center. Then, in addition to addressing basic needs, they can access skills training, employment linkages, online jobs, savings and credit schemes, as well as creative arts opportunities, all through the KTC. This is all accessilble through our trusted, environmentally and financially sustainable Kibera Town Center (KTC). The KTC is our pilot project in Kibera, Nairobi.
Since opening, over 2,700 high potential but disadvantaged youth have graduated from KTC training courses ranging from digital skills to entrepreneurship to photography and videography. 84% of our professional jobs skills course graduates have found employment.
Our training programs were immediately shut down when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. We have not been able to hold any in-person classes at KTC due to restrictions on indoor gatherings. To adapt to the current situation and create more opportunity for the future, we are taking our KTC training program virtual! This will benefit our mission even post-Covid, since more people will have access to relevant professional and life skills development, as well as employment access, needed to achieve lasting economic impact.
Virtual learning is quickly becoming the new normal, and many industries are shifting towards the virtual job market, However, virtual learning and employment are often out of reach for people in disenfranchised communities like Kibera, due to lack of access to reliable internet connection, a computer or smartphone, an effective learning management system and locally tailored learning content.
Our team at KTC is leading the charge in Kibera to address these issues head on. We are currently finishing up a virtual pilot course with a small group of Basic IT students. Through the study, we have successfully adopted the mElimu learning management system, instituted a secure laptop leasing program, and come up with a remote internet connectivity solution. We are in talks with various potential local and international partners to do a larger roll out of online course offerings. In early 2021, we aim to scale up our virtual Basic IT course, as well as expand our certification course catalog to include:
- Artificial intelligence
- Photography & video production
- Virtual reality production
- Solar training
Over the next two years, we aim to reach 2,000 youth in Kibera and get 1,500 actively employed, online jobs or starting their own businesses. To effectively scale our virtual course offerings, we need to transition to the upgraded version of mElimu and cover the per student user fees, as well as secure more laptops for our leasing program.
Please join us in taking our training courses virtual so we can reach more Kiberan residents with the professional and life skills development that will enable them to move towards lasting economic empowerment.
**We will send monthly reports to donors of how funds raised are being spent. Please note that in this evolving climate, the scope of our COVID efforts may also change based on the needs of our community.**
Human Needs Project (HNP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed under the law. HNP's tax identification number is 27-4583288.