Our partnership with Kuweni Serious! Began on February 19th 2011 and officially ended on July 2nd 2011. Kuweni Serious! had launched a project with the Girl Effect to teach 125 girls from Kibera and Baba Dogo. This would last a total of 100 days.
To do this, the Outreach team was split into two groups: the morning group which went to Baba Dogo and the afternoon group which went to Kibera. Each session lasted 3 hours.
I must say that for the team this has been a wonderful experience. Being able to teach so many girls basic computer skills, PicoCricket, GoGo Board and empowering them to not be afraid to take science based subjects in school, has been very fulfilling. We got to see the girls create some very complex designs with the PicoCrickets and GoGo boards. The Pico Cricket and Gogo Board taught them about sensors, motors, computer programming, design, computer skills among many others.
After completing the classes, a graduation was held on July 2nd 2011 at the Kifaru grounds. In the evening on that same day after the girls went home, Kuweni Serious! held their ‘Volunteering is Sexy’ Party, in order to thank all the volunteers on the completion of the 125/100 program.
We would like to say a very special thank you to Rachel, Dr. Kamau Gachigi, Mbithi and the members of Just a Band: Dan, Jim, and Bill. Thank you for giving us this opportunity and we hope for many future partnerships. We also like to thank the rest of the volunteers who helped us through this.
In addition to that, we would like to thank the girls from Kibera and Baba Dogo, who were all very welcoming. To see their eagerness to learn and their general reception to the team was touching. Not only were we able to teach these girls but we feel that they were able to teach us too. By the end of the program, every single member of the outreach team has been able to take something special out of this and will not forget this experience at all and we hope to have made an impact in the girls’ lives.
Through this partnership, we had hoped to inspire the girls and enable them to seek careers in science and to not be afraid to dream big. And I think by the end of it all, we achieved just that.