“My experience may seem weird to others, but when you come from where I do, having access to technology is a luxury. We have other priorities like accessing sanitation, employment, and housing amongst others,” says Dammy.
Dammy Nafula hails from Kibera, one of the biggest informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. She loves football, and plays for the community Girls Football Club. She says the slums do not provide a woman plenty of opportunities, many drop out of school and the rate of early marriages is high. They therefore miss out on a lot of opportunities digital technology presents.
When she heard about the Intel She Will Connect program, she knew it was time for her to stop looking at tech savvy professionals with envy but to become the subject of admiration.
“When I joined the program, I was presented for the first time with an opportunity to interact with computers. The trainer was so patient and provided good mentorship throughout the training. Since I am a fast learner, I grasped everything I was trained on.”
Having gone through the training, she can now apply the digital knowledge learnt in class to solve everyday life challenges. Through the training, she has also been exposed to other opportunities the internet presents. For instance, through the internet she has enrolled for online courses, where she can study accounting at an affordable fee.
“Connecting to online communities has just been amazing! I love football and I am a self-proclaimed Chelsea fan. In my free time I play for my local community girl’s football team. Through social media, I am able to connect with other footballers by sharing photos and blog posts to share my experiences with the team. My digital journey has just begun. I want to encourage every girl in the slums, that when they hear about such opportunities, they should enquire, get started and learn so that they can transform your lives,” says Dammy