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Empowering rural youth and women in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya to embrace unity and environmental conservation through talents

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The idea can be best described as a home of best creative arts and craft targeting to tap and put in practice talents of people from various diversities in Kenya. It is a new Idea for Sinai Digital Solutions Limited, a private IT oriented company which has played a key role in empowering people in the grassroots of Elgeyo Marakwet County with offices in Kocholwo, Keiyo south sub-county and Kapcherop in Marakwet West sub-county. The idea aims to promote unity and green technology which is part of the calculated moves Kenya is taking towards achievement of its blue print dubbed vision 2030. The idea has the following objectives:-  Be part of the infrastructure that will help in providing practical support to students. Kenya is now piloting a skill based education curriculum and it is beyond reasonable doubt that in the next six years or so there will be a high demand for an infrastructure that will help effort students to get practical/ technical experience. We are aiming to fill the gap.  Absorb and utilize the skills acquired by Kenyan youth graduating from Vocational Training Centers which is now highly promoted by the county governments in Kenya. Remember that Kenyan government is worried with the rising number of students getting the lower grades in the national exams (KCPE and KCSE) for instance in 2017 KCSE results over 30 thousand candidates got an aggregate grade of E. We are strategizing to ensure that we make these low self-esteemed and frustrated Kenyans to prove that they have the ability to contribute to economic growth through their talents.  Create an indiscriminate, mutual bond between Kenyans by providing an equal playing ground for everyone to brainstorm ideas, skills and knowledge in a bid to come up with variety of creative environmental friendly products fit for both domestic and overseas markets. We are working not only to boost economy but again to promote peace through mutual relationship between Kenyans particularly youth.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are young, talented and needy Kenyans especially the youth and Women. We eye to empower them to profitably use their talents.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Many youth in Kenya graduate in Vocational Training centers with various degree of skills but unfortunately, the market is flooded and these youth in particular have no capital to acquire tools and other infrastructure to put its skill into practice. Therefore with our calculated plan and good will to look for stakeholders for partnership towards making our dream come true, we have an upper hand to make this idea a success.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Sinai Digital Solutions Limited is a private IT oriented company which has played a key role in empowering people in the grassroots of Elgeyo Marakwet County with offices in Kocholwo, Keiyo south sub-county and Kapcherop in Marakwet West sub-county. Currently we don't have a website but working hard to have one soon.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

• Huge under-utilized talents in Kenya amid escalating poverty • Poor job market in Kenya despite many graduates year-in-year-out • Rising number of idle youth and women which is a threat to insecurity. • The need to back up county government bold move to promote vocational training.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Insecurity in parts of Elgeyo Marakwet county especially within communities along Kerio Valley is being escalated by the fact that many youth in those communities are very idle. A s a journalist I have covered many stories on the inter-communal conflicts in the area and the main complain here is the youth who only engage in vices such as cattle rustling. This has paralyzed economy not only in the area but the county and country at large because no viable activities such as farming is taking place there. Education is equally affected.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The idea targets to leverage Public Private Partnerships. With the coming of devolved system of governance, it came with a big boost to this project idea since what we are aiming is in line with what is highly valued by the county governments. Again the change of the education curriculum in Kenya, favors our move. We have no doubt that the idea will thrive and bring positive impact not only in Elgeyo Marakwet County but Kenya at large.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Elgeyo Marakwet county is one of the county with large number of organized women and youth groups of common and diverse interests. Therefore it will be very convenient to establish infrastructure that will see the project a success. Again we have young leaders with good political good will to support the youth and women agenda.

Geographic Focus

The idea targets to begin in Elgeyo Marakwet county, Kenya and later on expand to nearby counties.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The idea requires at least 6 months to establish its course and lay its foundation so as to allow trainings. From there we will be in a position to work with varoius stakeholders in rolling out the idea within the stipulated time frame.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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