It's a project that will call for youth participation through massive training on use of digital devices to bring change to the community. Members will be able to challenge the government as well as participate in public debates and decision making.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
ALTHOUGH THE POPULATIONS’ LEVEL OF COMPUTER AND INTERNET LITERACY MAY BE AVERAGE DUE TO LACK OF THE FACILITY IN THE AREA, MAJORITY OF YOUTHS HAVE PHONES WHICH ARE INTERNET ENABLED WHICH MAY HELP IN THE TRAINING.
THE PROJECT WILL BE CONDUCTED IN KAFUDUNI WITHIN KINANGO CONSTITUENCY IN KWALE COUNTY WHICH FALLS UNDER THE MOST MARGINALIZED AREAS IN THE COUNTRY IN TERMS OF EDUCATION, SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AS WELL AS TECHNOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING.
THE PROJECT WILL HELP MANY YOUTHS IN THE AREA UNDERSTAND THEIR ROLE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KWALE
SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM FROM UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI ALUMINAE(SOJ 2008 ALUMINAE) FACEBOOK PAGE
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
BREAKING NEWS, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEWS, EDUCATIVE STORIES, INCOME GENERATING IDEAS FOR THE YOUTH AND INSPIRATIONS.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
VOICES FOR CHANGE IS ALREADY UNDER A COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION CALLED NURU WHICH LITERALLY MEANS LIGHT MEANT TO ENLIGHTEN YOUTH AND COMMUNITY ON DIFFERENT ISSUES. WE AIM TO WORK HAND IN HAND WITH THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUT ALSO AS A WATCHDOG TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY BENEFIT FROM THE COUNTY'S DEVELOPMENT AND FACILITIES. TOGETHER WITH THE SOJ, EXPERTS FROM THE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM WILL HELP IN THE NEWS PACKAGE AND MEDIA ETHICS.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
NINETY YOUTHS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING REPRESENTING ALL THE VILLAGES IN THE COUNTY WHERE THEY WILL BE SUPPORTED WITH TRANSPORT FROM THEIR HOMES AND BACK, THREE DAYS ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITATION WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED AT MY DEAR GARDEN IN MARIAKANI.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
COMPUTER PACKAGES AND MAINTENANCE AS WELL AS USE OF INTERNET IN SHARING OF INFORMATION IE, SOCIAL MEDIA AND SO ON.
INTERNET ENABLED PHONES WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE TRAINING OF THE COMMUNITY.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
MY DEAR GARDEN HOTEL IN MARIAKANI WHICH CAN FIT THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR 3DAYS AS WELL AS OFFER BOARDING ACCOMMODATION. IT HAS LARGE SPACE AND ELECTRICITY TO NECESSITATE IN THE USE OF COMPUTERS, PROJECTOR IN THE TRAINING AS WELL AS CHARGE THE PHONES DURING THE PROJECT.
ATLEAST THREE COMPUTERS WILL BE NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
WE HAVE WORKED WITH THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER FIVE YEARS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HIV SENSITIZATION, COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND ABUSE AS WELL AS FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS.
COMMUNITY HAS BEEN RESPONDING POSITIVELY TOWARDS OUR ACTIVITIES.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
DIVERSITY OF THE AREA WHICH IS ACCOMPANIED BY SCARCE TRANSPORT FACILITIES. WE INTEND TO PROVIDE ENOUGH VEHICLE WHICH WILL EASE MOVEMENT OF PARTICIPANTS FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
PHYSICAL VISITS TO THE DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE PROJECT TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS IN EVERY AFTER A MONTH. SOCIAL MEDIA PARTICIPATION BY THE PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO GIVE FEEDBACK ON THE SUCCESS OF THE PROJECT.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
STARTING FROM MAY2014
1ST WEEK OF MAY:CREATION OF THE ORGANIZATIONS WEBSITE AND ORGANIZE FOR A TRAINING
2ND WEEK OF MAY: TRAINING THE YOUTHS AT MARIAKANI MY DEAR GARDEN.THEN RELEASE THEM FOR PRACTICAL AFTER THREE DAYS.
JUNE: REVISE ON THE PROGRESS
JULY: MONITOR AND EVALUATE THE PROJECT'S SUCCESS
AUGUST: CHECK AND MEND ON THE LOOPHOLES
SEPTEMBER: WAY FORWARD
NOVEMBER: STRENGTHEN THE WEAKER POINTS AND WORK HARDER WHERE SUCCESSFUL
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
COORDINATOR EXPENSES ($1000)
ACCOMMODATION ($ 240)
WORKSHOP COSTS ($ 400)
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
OCCASIONAL VISIT TO THE CENTER TO MONITOR AND IMPROVE OUR PROGRESS
NURU COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION