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Re: [learningfromeachother] Unlimited potential in Kibera Slums

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  • David mutua
    Hi Dan, Thanks for yours, i will look at it again and as per our phone chat will make arrangements to meet and discuss further in NAIROBI. David N. Mutua ...
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      Hi Dan,
      Thanks for yours, i will look at it again and as per our phone chat will make arrangements to meet and discuss further in NAIROBI.

      David N. Mutua

      --- On Sat, 7/26/08, Dan Otedo <dotedo@...> wrote:
      From: Dan Otedo <dotedo@...>
      Subject: [learningfromeachother] Unlimited potential in Kibera Slums
      To: "janet FELDMAN" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>, jfares@..., "Mendenyo Men-denyo" <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>, ibeazley@...
      Date: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 2:48 PM

      I am intrigued by the appalling poverty and gullibility of the slum dwellers to exploitation. Life in the slums is a microcosm, in which all aspects of human life, the good and the bad, is tightly packaged in a most cumbersome and extenuating way for the beneficiaries of urban squalor.  The slum offers a host of opportunities to the slum dwellers, some of whom have willingly traded the free wide and fresh countryside for squalid life. This in turn sets in a cycle of life that the slum residents find hard to come out of.

      Population (labor) being a resource, quality population (in terms of training) is a prerequisite for positive development. Capacity building in many areas for people living in squalid conditions, taking into cognizance their needs   and market opportunities is indispensible requirement if much gain is to be made providing sustainable  change-seeking  opportunities for slum dwellers.

      I have been working in building the capacities of many female residents of Kibera, at the Africa Centre for Women, Informations Communications Technology (ACWICT). The beneficiaries of our programs are given training on digital literacy, entrepreneurship, and life skills .We mentor and incubate business for the beneficiaries. The lure of Kibera in slums is almost unavoidable for those that clamor to bring a change in the lives of the people there, irrespective of the inherent dangers associated with urban squalor. You have to experience the life there and if armed with the right attitude technical capacity and other logistics, great strides can be made.

       On 19th July we hosted a very successful meeting of the slum residents, some from various community based organizations, with The World Bank representatives, Ivor Beazley .Sr. Financial Management Specialist (Financial Management Unit, Operations Policy and Country Services) and Jean Fares. Sr. Economist (social protection and labor-Human development network) .We examined  the opportunities  and challenges for creating /getting  sustainable jobs in Kibera, the training needs and  the risks involved in securing funds from the government and NGOs with the objective of making sure that the people get direct benefits of funds disbursed by any donor.  The residents passionately poured out their hearts, free from interference from politicians and government agencies. Ivor and Jean even had a chance to visit one of the beneficiaries of our programme without chaperone which was good.

      I would like to hear their view and even introduce them to the forum (I hope they will not take offence). I am almost certain they are conversant with Muhammad Yunus and his book WWP. (One of the pet discussions in this forum at the moment).I also pose a question in the forum. What for instance would be some of the practical ways of helping people living in slums to overcome the challenges they face?

      Oh, David Mutua. Am now temporarily based in Nairobi, setting up training of TOT’s training for teachers on Computer Literacy at the Kenya Institute of Education, so the teachers programme is very much on schedule. May someone steal all the Yunus books you want to keep to yourself if you don’t give one to me for ACWICT this week! I have a lot of work cut out for me in Kibera. And many community based groups have asked me to go visit them. I have a attached a photo of Ivor, Jean and Milkah who is the coordinator Ghetto light youth group that hosted us. Milkah was instrumental in the development of a training toolkit (The story for adolescent girls by told by adolescents) through AFRIAFYA and Streekids International. I will use this toolkit as one IEC’s for training of women teachers.

      Poverty starts and ends with you!

      God Bless.

      Dan Andrew Otedo (B.ed.Arts )
      Suba Youth Resource Centre(SYRC)
      P.O.box 18 Mbita Code 40305

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