Photo Gallery: Vusha Girls Programme in action

Our training cycles last for only 3 months, equipping target beneficiaries with the 21st century skills highly relevant for them to succeed in both business and world of work which keeping them safe from HIV infections. See Vusha Girls Programme in action…

Microsoft Corporation and ACWICT Annual Kids code event

Everyone always has something new to learn and what was more important is for the children to cultivate an interest in coding even when they are on their own, encourage their friends to try an hour of code.

Introducing our children to modern technology helps in nurturing highly enthusiastic and innovative problem solvers as they grow up. The annual kids code event is a wonderful initiative which will surely reap massive benefits in the future.

State set to train 1m youth in digital literacy project

The programme was initiated last year with the support of Google, Microsoft and the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT), among other partners. ACWICT is a Kenyan ICT for Development organisation whose mission is to promote women’s and youths’ access to and knowledge of ICTs as tools for sustainable development.

Ngazi Program’s 1st Graduation in Trans Nzoia County

The graduation marked a huge personal milestone to the beneficiaries and their significant others. For many it was a renewed hope of empowerment, never had they imagined that they would have an academic graduation ceremony.

Changing mindsets is as important as giving young people opportunities

Michael shares idea on the Digital Literacy Training Programme launched in Kisumu County in 2016, that trained 1,400 young people. The key entry qualification for these youth is that they did not complete secondary education, but has a good primary school certificate

Meet Constantine Obuya – ACWICT’s Director & Winner Of Zuri Awards

Zuri Awards are sponsored by Barclays Bank of Kenya. Femme Hub interviewed her and this is what she had to say.
“Atleast 80% of the young women trained are placed into jobs, internships, apprenticeship, and online work (micro work) while those seeking entrepreneurship paths are linked to sources of start-up capital…”

ACWICT is a final nominee of the Zuri Award

Winning this Award gives us an opportunity to have our story told to the rest of the world with increased partnerships as a possible outcome.

About us

“To promote women and youths’ access to and knowledge of ICT as tools for sustainable development.”

We work in partnership to address the challenges faced by highly potential but disadvantaged women and youth in Kenya and regionally to improve their education, employment, health and leadership opportunities reaching 25,000 women and youth impacting over 250,000 of their significant others annually.

What we do

Youth Empowerment

Since 2007, we have been implementing successful youth empowerment programs that target young people in their transition point from primary school, high school, vocational and tertiary education to the world of work.

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Education

Our goal is to support marginalized girls to complete secondary school education and access better livelihoods. We plan to train 10,000 marginalized secondary school girls aged 15-19 from various counties in Kenya.
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Governance

We have been involved in the constitution review processes and referenda culminating into the Kenya Constitution, general elections 2007 and 2013; and the gender and post election peace building after the 2007 general elections.
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Health

Our health interventions for young people aim to develop a fundamental set of skills and competencies to deal with complex challenges of health, development and sexuality.
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Agritrade

We utilize technology as a tool to create agricultural market efficiencies in Eastern Africa. We aim to network fishing, livestock and crop producing rural communities in the Lake Victoria Basin Region of Kenya with entrepreneurs, processors and agricultural service providers through an online web portal.
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CODING SKILLS: HOW ACWICT IS USING CODE TO TRANSFORM LIVES

Hour Of Code

We host an Hour of Code every year to demystify computer science and encouraging millions to try it for just an hour.

Some of the mobile applications and websites developed in our programme have been bought by high-end corporate entities and County Governments.

Coding for HIV Free Society
We build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that young women need to participate in productive work. Availability and accessibility to both formal or informal employment can be critical factors in deterring young women from transactional sex work and significantly decrease their exposure risk to HIV.

Microsoft Corporation and ACWICT Annual Kids code event

Everyone always has something new to learn and what was more important is for the children to cultivate an interest in coding even when they are on their own, encourage their friends to try an hour of code.

Introducing our children to modern technology helps in nurturing highly enthusiastic and innovative problem solvers as they grow up. The annual kids code event is a wonderful initiative which will surely reap massive benefits in the future.

Videos from coding beneficiaries

Coding for a HIV Free Society
6 young women from Kisumu developed the “I Fish Cage” Mobile App to help women in the fish business reduce interaction during procurement with the fishermen who often ask for sex in exchange for fish.

Do you know someone who needs this programme?

We are always accepting applications. They should be between the age of 18-24 years, a high school graduate, currently unemployed and living in informal settlements in Nairobi or Kisumu.

Coding for a HIV Free Society
Our beneficiaries created a mobile beauty services App to link beauticians and clients.

Coding for employment
“I found my voice in ICT…” Janet from Kibera, Nairobi tells her story about how the Vusha Programme helped her learn website design and improve her livelihood.

Coding for a HIV Free Society
Our beneficiaries in Kibera, Nairobi created an interactive app to learn more about HIV and connect them to the services they need.

Coding for employment
“The ACWICT Programme transformed me from a coffee hawker to a CEO.” Peter Njenga shares his journey with us.

HOW ACWICT IS EMPOWERING STD 8 LEAVERS TO GET JOBS & BUILD BUSINESSES

Why Std Graduates

Geographic and gender disparities exist, particularly at the rural secondary school level. This is in part due to financial difficulties, indigenous, religious, and cultural values, poverty, early marriage, pregnancy, traditional practices (such as female genital mutilation) & gender-based violence .

What we have achieved so far
69% of our beneficiaries have been placed into jobs, internships and apprenticeships or provided financial support for their businesses.

182 beneficiaries have graduated after completing a 3 month training

13 Vocational Trainings Developed and Implemented

Stories from the ngazi programme

First Ngazi graduation was held in Tranzoia

We have proved that not having a high school certificate in Kenya only should not mean the end of achieving your dreams.

“Had I not joined the program I would be working as a house help” – Maximilla
David’s discountinued his high school education due to financial difficulties. Now having completed the training under the program, he has bid goodbye to all his financial challenges. “I no longer depend on my parents for financial support, in fact I am able to support them..” says David

Who we serve;
The youth are targeted with empowerment through technical, life skills, entrepreneurship and ICT skills training in 6 Vocational Training Institutes in the 2 counties..

know someone who would like to join ngazi youth programme?

To partipate in this programme one should be a Std 8 leaver living in Busia or Transzoia looking for vocational training, IT & Entreprenueship skills.

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NEWS FROM OUR BLOG

Africa Code Event

I have already started incorporating the design thinking aspect based on human centered design in our organization’s product development process. This was after drawing lessons from past experiences where we developed systems that we thought were needed by users only to discover were not needed because they were not custom for the African social needs.

Beth Wangari – Africa Code Event

My time in Egypt was worthwhile; as I was able to network with experts in the field of Computer Science. Based on my skills and interests, I was advised to focus on being a software engineer. They also could not emphasize enough the need to understand one computer language and perfect on it.

Entrepreneurship & Business Plan competition in Busia

One reason as to why many business plans owned by the youth fail to take off is because of lack of start-up capital. In order to assist the youth to get these entrepreneurial ventures on their feet, ACWICT, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland & The Children and Youth Foundation awarded youth groups with startup kits.