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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Craft Silicon Foundation-a friend in need

 Clearing high school is the pride of every high school student. I remember with nostalgia my high school days. With expectation we looked forward to the last day of our K.C.S.E examination. Indeed that would mark our last days in high school.

Mmmmm…….our four years in school were filled with memories. Recollections that I now laugh about as I share with friends-the punishment we endured, the morning preps, the horrible food in the dining hall, the morning assembly…..however, what stands out in my reminiscences is the dreams we had, the desire to pursue our education further and become prominent professionals in the nation. Regrettably, not all of us made it. Now several years on, I meet my mates, some still struggling to make that dream into a reality while others have altogether give up on them.
This is a story told far too many times. A story of young Kenyans who get through high school, pregnant with dreams only to give them up on the way. Not because they will, but due to prevailing circumstances. But what happens when ones envisioned dreams go up in smoke? When that you desired to be is no more and the much you can do is watch your mates walk past you in life? People you shared much in common, those who could not match you in academic excellence?
Regina Nduku is one such person. She knows much of how it feels to lose hope in life.  Like any other girl her age, her dream was to join college and take up a career of her choice.  Clearing high school was one step she had taken, in millions other she would need towards her success in life. Nothing would deter this young courageous girl. ‘The future is bright’, she thought. Truly, coming from Kibera slums, defying all odds to make it in life was a sign of better things to come. Sadly for her, life is not made of roses.
The reality of not furthering her education due to lack of school fees, came knocking. All was shuttered before her very eyes. She would never access college education, let alone secure a white color job. In any case, what skills did she have to gain access to any office?
As they say, all hope is never lost. In her low moments, Regina heard of  Craft  Silicon Foundation from a friend; a foundation that provides   free  computer education  and training  to students  who  have cleared high school. Being her only opportunity, she seized it and enrolled for the program. The rest is now history.
 In her testimony she says, ‘the program is God sent. I can clearly see the future for me, and anyone undergoing the training.’ She is not alone, Morgan Mayonga, who graduated in 2008 from Jamuhuri High school, confidently asserts, ‘I know the knowledge I have acquired will help me in the future.’

Such is the testimonies of young men and women, whose dreams have been renewed by a noble project from Craft Silicon Foundation.the foundation, with support from Craft Silicon limited an affiliate, purchased a bus fitted with computers in a class room model, to be used for computer education. This was for the need to give youth who would have otherwise not have had the opportunity, a chance to access basic IT education. Today, the foundation boosts of 1,500 youth who have been empowered to have a better life and pursue their dreams.
The foundation owes its success to well wishers and the Kenyan public. More so to the communities that have welcomed us and gladly sent their children to be part of the project. It is in this light, that the foundation is broadening its reach and coming closer to those in the rural areas.
 Currently, we are fundraising to purchase for additional fleet to be sent to 20 counties. The project will be accomplished in 3 phases starting January, 2012. It is our hope that together we will ensure an ICT literate society and willingly join hands for this noble cause.
Lets us empower more of Regina and Morgan, to reach their dreams.


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