The 1 Slum 100 Computers project was a program designed to provide free computer training
and entrepreneurship mentoring for disadvantaged youth in the Eastern Nairobi slums and
informal settlements, in sessions over a period of 6 months which eventually led to the
beneficiaries designing of a profitable computer-based business.
At completion of the training and mentorship, each group was then to receive a loan package of
basic equipment worth an amount not exceeding Ksh.250,000, for their business plan. On top
of that, they were to receive project personnel to work with them for the business
development until the loan is fully repaid. For self-sustainability, the program required loan
repayment with interests of 12 and 15% if paid within 12 months and 24 months respectively.
The project started its implementation on November 3rd, 2014 with the following three youth groups participating in the program as the first (pilot) bunch, also known as, Class I:
New Generation Outreach- Mathare
Big Achievers Self Help Group- Kariobangi South and
Kayole Catholic Youth Group.
Within 6 months, the participants, with help of their mentors were expected to complete all 9
lessons with each lesson taking at least two weeks for completion. Unfortunately the Kayole
Catholic Youth Group and New Generation Outreach Group were dropped from the program in
their third month and fifth month respectively due to their failure to complete lessons on time
and lack of group team work consistency which was identified as critical to the success of all
project segments and running of a business.
In 2015 the Big Achievers Self Help-Group (BASH-G) successfully graduated from 1 slum 100
Computers Project’s Class I; out of the three groups selected, after completing all project
segments and designing a profitable computer-based business. The BASH Group was formed in
May 2013 with the view of bridging the existing gap in the digital world in Kariobangi slum
estates, by providing reliable internet and computer hardware services that promote
community involvement in digital communication to Kariobangi residents and at an affordable
price. The group created the Business Elevator Pitch: a business that provides computer and
internet services in Kariobangi South’s slum estates through cyber café business services such
as internet browsing, typing, printing, scanning, photocopying and computer training at
affordable and friendly price.
With the project’s Class I participants successfully graduating, ITF embarked on journey to
search and select other suitable youth groups to participate in the project’s second cycle known
as Class II.
In 2016 the Excellent Youth Group from Kariobangi South was chosen to be part of the 1 Slum
100 Computers. The group was extremely enthusiastic about opening a friendly interactive one-
on-one studio for recording artists. The group’s vision was to make their recording artists feel
like part of the brand and be more aggressive in the creative industry and writing of music. They
were also interested in the creation and management of an online radio and website, where
they would market and advertise artists’ and clients’ products to promising customers. Also in
their vision was a plan to create and organize events so that their recorded artists would
market themselves to a larger market.
In 2017, 3 members from Bright Deaf Group from Kibera enrolled for the 1 Slum 100 Computers
in April. However, by August, all three participants dropped out of the program. This caused ITF
to evaluate the project and its success and it was decided that the objectives of the project
weren’t being met. This led to the closing of the project.
2. BEE Project
The BEE Project was a capacity building project that brought together a global partnership from
13 different organizations from 4 different continents with the aim to tackle youth
unemployment by bridging together the educational sector, labour market, youth and public
institutions and enabling young people to undergo work-based learning periods.
The project partners were:
International transformation Foundation-Kenya
Asociata Europanet- Romania
Cerebral De Coimbra APCC-Portugal
Citizen In Power-Cyprus
Etica Da Terra- Brazil
Europe House Slavonski Brod-Croatia
Koinoniki Anaptyksi Neon- Greece
The Volunteer Centre-South Africa
VSI Socialiniu Inovaciju Centras-Lithuania
(Photo Courtesy of the BEE Project Facebook Page)
This project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Objectives of the Project:
The BEE Project ended in September 2017 having met the following objectives:
Fostering cooperation, exchange of knowledge and capacity development in the field of
work-based learning mobility between the partner countries;
Creating and reinforcing synergies between the formal education sector, the non-formal
education sector and the labour market setting up an environment for cross-sectorial
cooperation for youth employability;
Providing the participating youth organizations with guidance and tools for bridging the
sectors and and creating an empowering environment for work-based learning;
Creating new tools and methods that promote work-based learning mobility as a
complimentary education path in order to support boosting employability of young
Supporting and facilitating creation of cross-sectorial networking on a global level thus
setting up space for creation of new work-based learning mobility opportunities for young
These objectives were met through the following project activities:
International Seminar in Bologna; Italy- 17th to 26th July 2016
This seminar aimed at fostering capacity building of the consortium and providing
participating organizations with tools and knowledge on raising an awareness campaign
about the need of cross-sectorial cooperation for youth employability in their
Lucky Mwachi, one of three people who represented ITF during this seminar, had this to
say about her experience:
“The BEE Project International Seminar in Bologna was a life changing experience for me.
I always thought Kenya was the worst hit when it came to the challenge of youth
unemployment but the conference opened my eyes to the fact that youth unemployment
is a global issue. I learnt a lot from YouNet and how it has successfully acted as a bridge
between various key sectors and I hope to replicate the same in my time as a volunteer
at ITF Kenya and even afterwards. I was also inspired to be an ambassador of Work Based
Learning and VET (Vocational Education Training) in Kenya since it is one of the major keys
in addressing youth unemployment.”
National Awareness Raising Campaigns
This stage was implemented by partners based on the knowledge gained during the seminar
and the structure framework that they developed. Here at ITF we implemented this stage by
holding a Conference on the topic “worked based learning”. This was done in December 2016 at
YMCA Center in Nairobi . The audience targeted for the Conference was mainly Youth
throughout the Kenyan society, especially University students and VET students. The Conference
aimed to bring together partners from different sectors, namely Employers, Universities, VET
institutions, NGOs and the public authorities (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth). Those
were invited as guest speakers in order to highlight their aspects in regards to Worked Based
learning. Apart from encouraging discussion about the importance and new possibilities of
WBL, the purpose of the Conference was also to boost employers and other stakeholders to
increase their efforts in providing WBL and to learn from new innovative approaches, mainly
implemented by NGOs.
Job-Shadowing in Younet
YouNet hosted 12 job shadowers in October 2016. Job-shadowers were to follow
YouNet’s daily work and learn every step in supporting apprenticeship placement for
ITF sent Tony Githinji for this activity. With knowledge gained from this activity, Tony was
able to come back to Kenya and support apprenticeship placement for students in Kenya.
He also learnt how to establish cross-sectorial networking on local and international
Establishment of Networking on Local Level
This was a continuation of activities at stage two of the project. ITF chose to hold a
National Conference in Nairobi at YMCA on Friday, December 9, 2016. This conference
was attended by university students in schools across the country. The theme of
discussion was ‘State of Youth Employment linked with WBL (Work Based Learning), VET
(Vocational Education Training) and Apprentice Policies in Kenya.’
Each partner was expected to set up space for sustaining networking among schools and
This phase aimed at gathering information for creation of the manual on bridging cross-
sectorial cooperation for apprenticeship and measuring networking created on local levels.
This was done by sending one key staff member of YouNet to each of the partners’
country to conduct a research on local contexts, gather information on the situation in
the field of work-based mobility, support partners with feedback upon realized
networking and start analysis of the best practices.
Barbara Bruno, then president of YouNet , visited ITF for the study visit.
The manual was made and was addressed to youth NGOs and it held all the information
gathered throughout the study visits. This manual entailed information about the
different Work Based learning systems that are present in the participating countries’.
With this information different countries could borrow a leaf or two from other countries’
systems and try and enforce them in their own. A copy of this manual is available for download.
Final Seminar in Philippines-21st to 28th August 2017
This final seminar involved partners evaluating achievements of created networks,
preparing a comprehensive presentation of the project outcomes and forming a
memorandum for establishment of the multi-stakeholders’ platform. Representing ITF
were Paulin Uwitonze and Fridah Ndoro.
Local Dissemination Event
During this last activity, partners got to present the results of the project.
The Local Dissemination Event in Nairobi was held at the PCEA Kiukenda Church with an
attendance of 41 youth on November 19, 2017.