Childhood in the slums

October,10th is a national holiday in Kenya. Today, there is no school. It has rained last night. The small pathways are muddy, when I walk through the Mukuru slums today to visit my friends. There are many children around the shops and in the front of small huts. What they do? They look out for…

WA-WA and the women at Victoria Lake

Today, I have spent time in Homa Bay, Southwestern Kenya. It was a long, very emotional and amazing day with Cavin and his team. And a nice evening in a huge family of amazing people: WA-WA means “fishing women” Cavin Odero has established WA-WA, a social entrepreneurship organization. Cavin and his team take care of…

Beautiful waterfalls at Webuye, Kenya

Just a few impressions from a very impressive place in Western Kenya. Listen and see These waterfalls (Nabuyole falls) are close to Webuye, a rural town in Bungoma county that has definitely a lot of challenges and poverty, but also amazing landscapes and very helpful, smart people. There is not really tourism around, even this…

When students collaborate with my friends in the slums of Nairobi…

Francis Gikufu and his team are doing a lot in the slums of Nairobi to empower young people – through teaching them about filming, theater play and staying together in a community. We are running a hackathon with Nairobi’s students to develop social entrepreneurial ideas and hygiene programs for Slum habitants. Instead of doing it…

Small surprises can have a huge effect

Francis Gikufu, a young social entrepreneur, is very active in training young people in the slums on many health topics, self- awareness and self-confidence. He has set up the Mukuru Angaza Film Academy where the youth wants to give positive examples of life and share it with others. Because positive attitude and examples are encouraging…

Social Entrepreneurship and the Youth in Kenya

They are many ways of tackling developmental and social challenges. However, only the most innovative, cost-effective and scalable ways often stand the test of time. Social entrepreneurship is the bridge between what non-profits and regular companies do. It is the ‘butter’ that closes the gap between the work done by public and private sectors including…