IDEAS, DESIGNS, CREATIONS, CONCEPTS, VIEWPOINTS
...AND A BIT OF NEWS ABOUT
WHAT WE'RE UP TO
Some of the boys who frequent Mtaa Safi have saved up and invested in a piki-piki.
As you can see, they are already busy installing the essential sound system.
We asked one of the Mtaa Safi fundis what they should do to keep their new asset in top condition and this is what he advised:
Keep being inspired and inspiring.
A very interesting scholarship came up a month ago. Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) was giving youth groups a chance to learn hydroponics and as a group will be set up to establish a business in the same industry. Hydroponics is a great way of using urban space for agricultural activities. It is also cheap to setup and run. There is a big market already waiting for good quality produce too! All that is left to do is produce it.
Six of our young members (1 lady and 5 guys) have taken up the challenge and are undergoing certified training at Miramar International College, Muthiga. In Kayole, we have already dabbled in urban agriculture, but not in hydroponics. This is a big and very useful step for Kayole Mtaa Safi and also for the students involved in the study.
While KCB is sponsoring the course fees and a little bit of travel fare, there are still expenses to wear for the student. Books, stationery etc. Of course, there is also the fact that while they are studying, the students are not working to support themselves. This is where you can help.
Click the button at the bottom of the page to make a donation towards the future of these youths.
Pens, exercise books, travel expenses, work-wear, lunch, etc. - if we can help out with these simple things it will allow these students to focus solely on doing well at their studies.
Changing Faces Competition
Public Space Network are launching their first city-wide competition entitled "Changing Faces" and we at Kayole Mtaa Safi are thrilled to be a part of it. All around Nairobi, teams of youth will be competing to make their chosen public space the cleanest, greenest and safest - and creating jobs for themselves in the process.
Each team will identify a public open space it wants to improve: a bus stop, footbridge, street, playground, wall, courtyard, sidewalk, dumpsite, market place, park, police station – even a base ya mtaa. The competition begins around the end of October and runs for nine weeks.
We have picked out a street in Kayole which is perfect for turning into an attractive and productive public space and we are meeting with stakeholders and making plans. We will need to demonstrate the effect the transformation has on the users of the space and the surrounding community and will need to submit a sustainability plan to ensure the long-term maintenance and ongoing impact. We submit five photos before, five during, and five after the intervention so that the judges can compare the impact and scope of the transformation.
The competition kicks off in Dandora, where the Changing Faces Competition was born. It will showcase the transformations that have resulted from previous competitions and hopefully inspire teams from other parts of Nairobi. The award ceremony will celebrate all cityshapers taking part in the 2018 Changing Faces Competition and will award the best transformations.
You can help us maximize our impact, by sponsoring us with cash or in-kind. If you would like to help, you can contact us to discuss our needs and the scope of the advantage you will receive in return. Depending on sponsorship, advertisements for sponsors include the following:
Your logo and description on PSN website and social media
Your logo on PSN marketing material (flyers, brochures, posters)
Public thank you and presentation of your company during the kick-off event and the award ceremony
Opportunity to include your marketing material in the welcome bags for attendees of the award ceremony.
This is a five-month event, Nairobi-wide, and with various partnerships and participants. It will receive massive coverage on mainstream and social media. The competition activities will take place both online and offline, providing a lot of public engagement.
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Post in this blog are contributed by the various members of Kayole Mtaa Safi Initiative.