Youth of 30 years and below constitute about 75% of East Africa’s population; forming the largest human resource. However, many of them who are productive and energetic remain unemployed and continue to suffer from Idleness social ills. They have remained on the periphery of their countries’ affairs and their status has not been accorded due recognition. This unemployment crisis requires change and transformation in order to give these youth an environment enabling them to pursue self-help initiatives.
International Transformation Foundation-ITF was established by amalgamated youth across East African countries as an international Youth led nonprofit organization, on principles of stimulus and inspiration for change and transformation of the youth for individual achievement, providing Youth self development programs encompassing leadership and entrepreneurship. Since then ITF is developing and operating youth development programs to lead the youth of today as leaders with strong hearts and minds as true workers of society with creative and progressive thinking.
One of our youth projects, '1 Slum 100 Computers' project has had great success. In 2014, 3 youth associations with 10 members each from 3 different slums in Eastern Nairobi received computer training to be familiar enough with computer applications and entrepreneurship mentorship to design profitable computer based business and in early 2015 they all received required funds to set up designed businesses. In 2015, Excellent Youth Group from Kariobangi South was selected to take part in the 1 slum 100 Computers Project. They will receive funds to set up a computer based business when their training concludes in 2016.
We also run 'Join the Pipe project', a collaborative project with Join the Pipe Foundation -a non-profit organization established in Amsterdam, Netherlands that produces and provides sustainable public tap water stations and services to all people around the globe by servicing communities, cities, and town with clean tap water. Join the Pipe project installs specially designed tap water stations in Kenyan communities facing challenges with access to tap water. ITF does this in collaboration with local community based schools to enable them to participate in the project.
So far we have built 9 water kiosks at community based schools across Kenya providing drinking tap water and sanitation to 4338 students and 70587 community residents. We also distribute environmentally friendly water bottles to school children to encourage them to carry clean water to schools thus preventing the spread of water borne diseases. In 2014, Join the Pipe Project won the Saville Foundation Pan African award for entrepreneurship in education. And during the 2015 Global Awards for fundraising, join the Pipe Project won the Resource Alliance, Big Impact Small Budget Category Award.
'Jijenge Kijana fund' is the newest project run by ITF. The fund was introduced in March 2015 after one of our members lost his job where he was drawing income to mature chicks in his just launched small poultry farm. The Jijenge Kijana fund was then introduced as our members’ livelihood pathway offering microcredit and training to enable them to engage in productive and stable livelihoods gradually generating increased income to lift themselves out of poverty.
ITF also conducts annual 'Leadership and Entrepreneurship Trainings' for its members and other youth. The trainings consist of ITF debate and Workshop forum. Hosted annually, the ITF debate is a competition and a concrete place for change and Transformation of youth through the exchange of ideas in a persuasive and argumentative manner. Conducted regularly in various institutions and communities around the world, the ITF Leadership & entrepreneurship forums impart youths with Leadership and entrepreneurship principles of accomplished men and women.
In 2016 we will continue tapping into the power of technology by replicating the 1 slum 100 computers project in other nations across East Africa. We also plan finance at least 6(six) youth associations to set up computer based businesses in eastern Nairobi slums.
We intend to build more water kiosks through Join the Pipe project for people to drink clean water and to also distribute more water bottles to school children. Our partners, Pollination Project have given us funds to set up a Public Tap Station at Uhuru Park Recreation grounds in Nairobi. This project will be a huge milestone for the growth of ITF and it is expected to take off in July, 2016.
ITF has also collaborated with YouthNet, a youth organization in Italy. As a result of the collaboration, the two organizations will be running a ‘Building Empowering Environment for Youth Employability (BEE)’ project funded by European Union- Erasmus+.