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Taking a Lead into Community’s Self-Discovery.

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” ~ Abraham Maslow

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As one of the Kakuma community champions, my goal was to effectively participate in the challenge by mobilizing people and encouraging them to share their untold stories. My biggest learning was about the use of human-centered design as a possible tool to solve the most uncooperative issues around the world. I got inspired by the notion of ‘empathy’ which seems to be one of the driving wheel of human-centered design. It allows someone to step into other people’s shoes to better understand how it looks like being in adversity situation. 


My initial goals as one of the Kakuma Community Champions, I usually reach out to block leaders who facilitated in gathering as many people and encouraged them to share their thoughts relatively to the challenge. It involved planning and facilitating brainstorming workshops, taking notes and share our findings on the OpenIdeo platform.


Throughout the gatherings with community members, it was inspiring to see how people perceived the design thinking and human-centered approach. I could see how community members were dedicated to learn and explore how possible it is for them to be problem solvers of their daily problems. With the development of the User Experience Map people could realize how design thinking is important. It created a portrait picture on the possible directions to take in order to address their problems better and get to take action.

As a result of my determinations, I decided to move on with the idea of the KAKUMA MOOC LEARNING CENTER and I envision to use the availability of that center to engage people into learning more about human centered approach. This goes hand in hand with the passion I have of becoming a change maker by flourishing the idea of a human family or a global community. A family or a community where people care and love one another. A community with aspiration of maintain the spirit of learning and learning from one another.


As I can remember visiting the ALPHA study language center, the participants were amazed to know about human centered design. Some could admit that: “Our teacher Adisu is helping us learn English because he understood the importance of human centered design.” From their inspiring stories, I learned that most of people are living under unsolved issues because they have not yet been given a hand on how they can be self-reliant.

During the ALPHA Graduation Ceremony.


I have learned many new things such as the use of human-centered design to solve issues around us. I was also inspired by the fact that to take a lead into innovation doesn’t acquire one to be a millionaire or to receive funds from anywhere; instead by using the power of the community we can help those needy communities around us to be self-aware and as well be self-reliant. What I am taking away with me is the impact of human-centered design and the notion of empathy which are to me the driving forces that will enable me to develop innovative skills. With all that in mind, I will be able to help my community be self-aware and take a productive action. 


To be frank with you, I would say that my community was not fully impacted. Why? Only because they were not aware of how they could be problem solvers to their own problems. On other hand, as a community ambassador I do understand that it is my responsibility to continue impacting my fellow community members with deepen insights of human-centered design. I was personally impacted at an extent that I envision to continue using human-centered approach to make changes in my life and as well as the lives of my fellow human being.


I think that participants should continue with the engagement of developing ideas and sharing them on the OpenIdeo platform for their feedback. They should also cultivate the idea of collaborating and keep reflecting on the previous experience received from different gathering.  Leaving the floor open and encouraging everyone to share his/her thoughts is a behavior that should continue. I don’t think the idea of ECD innovators is that much embraced in my home country but I would say that the future should be of creating many network of ECD innovator in my home country.

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Photo of Luisa Fernanda

Thanks for sharing this in depth story. Are you thinking of carrying out your MOOC idea further?

Photo of Emerimana Daniel Christian

Thank you too for your guidance. In my life, I aspire to be a change maker and I thinking that starting by empowering young refugees with access to MOOC courses it is the right starting point. Therefore, I would answer the question you asked me with a YES. I wish I was in position to have the instant classroom Kit such as the one of Vofafone foundation; I could go ahead and change the lives of many other young refugees around me.