Nairobi, Kenya – November 6, 2018] – ACWICT, [a Kenya-based ICT for Development (ICT4D) organization working with, today announced it has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Through the grant, [ACWICT] will [work with 1,000 high potential but disadvantaged young women from poor and disadvantaged households in Kenya to enable them pursue careers in computer science and computer science-driven fields. The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as ACWICT, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.

“We are excited that Motorola Solutions Foundation has formally approved our 2018 grant award for 2018. The funding will enable our organization to equip 1,000 high potential but disadvantaged young women with the tools to excel through [pursuing careers in computer science and computer science driven fields]”. – Ms Constantine Obuya, Executive Director

The young women targeted by the project will be high school graduates aged 19-24 years. They will be taken through a three-month training program that will introduce them to computer science including introduction to computer systems, hardware and software components, computer applications, computer programming / Coding and the Internet of Things. In addition to the above mentioned technical skills, the young women will also be trained on entrepreneurship and life skills (for day-to-day life, for the workplace and healthcare planning). Upon completion of training, they will be placed into internships/jobs opportunities

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 3 million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.

“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored to and privileged to support the work of ACWICT,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that are fostering innovation, building partnerships and driving change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they’re making in communities.”

      For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: motorolasolutions.com/foundation

      For more information on [ACWICT] please visit [http://www.acwict.org]. 

About the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology

The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) is a Kenyan-based ICT for Development (ICT4D) Organization established with a mission to promote women’s access to and knowledge of ICTs as tools for sustainable development. 

ACWICT works to address challenges faced by disadvantaged women and youth to improve their access to education, employment, health and leadership opportunities reaching over 25,000 women and youth annually. ACWICT achieves this through partnerships with global and national technology companies, learning institutions, international development partners, governments and communities. ACWICT is a Certified Equivalent of a US Public Charity U.S. 501(c) (3)

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation