With a $4300 grant from GPA, Empower and Serve Kenya developed an innovative alliance with local organizations to identify and train young Kenyan women in coding, web design and digital media and support them in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Their “DigiLab” concept initially trained 76 women and girls, including several “trainers.” GPA has provided a second level grant of $10,000 to expand and replicate the program in other economically depressed areas of the region.
Kenya – Megabridge received a $5000 grant from GPA in February, 2015 to develop a community-based rare bird farming project in rural Embu County youth. The project was an excellent example of the “out of the box” thinking that occurs when grantors listen to the needs of youth. The farm promotes tourism to the rural area and supports local educators who often bring students by for field trips. Youth participants support the program and themselves through admission fees. At the conclusion of the 8 month grant over 200 youth had participated in the project, it is expanding to include other animals and being replicated in 5 other rural areas.