Google’s Africa Connect Competition – Uweza Foundation selected as one of 10 Finalists

February 23, 2014

As many readers of this blog already know, I am a volunteer Board Member of the Uweza Foundation supporting community-based empowerment programs that build upon already-existing capabilities and resourcefulness of Kenyans, especially women and children, in the very large non-formal Kibera settlement near Nairobi, Kenya. In that capacity, I am very excited to announce that Uweza Foundation’s Student Art Gallery and its art director Steve Kyenze have been selected by Google as one of ten finalists in its continent-wide “Africa Connected” competition! Five winners will be chosen by Votes (without any financial costs) cast on Uweza’s dedicated webpage for the Africa Connected competition.

Cast your FREE VOTE before March 6th  HERE or HERE (if you click on the second of those links, you will need to click again on our webpage labeled “Steve, Kenya”).

Since this is a social media “vote” — NOT a fund-raising competition — no financial contributions are solicited on the “voting” webpage. All you need do to support Uweza’s chances to win one of five Africa Connected $25,000 prizes is to VOTE by clicking HERE.

You will also be able to see a short video that Google produced to showcase the Uweza Student Gallery’s work and how it helps support our young Uweza students to pay their school fees and continue their primary and secondary educations is also provided on the webpage. It is well worth a view.

So………….. to view the Video and/or TO VOTE, just click HERE.

You will need a Google Account to vote (that’s the catch I guess) so when you click the tab to vote you will be prompted to sign in with your google account username and password or to create a google account.

With Thanks in Advance, Jerry

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Help Change the Lives of Young Girls in One of Africa’s Largest URBAN Slums

April 24, 2013

Help the Uweza Foundation meet the “Raise for Women Challenge” sponsored by The Huffington Post, Skoll Foundation, and Half The Sky Movement by donating any amount through Crowdrise at either http://www.crowdrise.com/UwezaGirls or http://www.crowdrise.com/uwezagirls/fundraiser/uweza . A donation is any amount whatsoever will be very much appreciated.

If you believe as I do that developing girls’ self-esteem and providing them with advanced formal education is an important contribution to breaking the cycle of poverty, please donate today. The Challenge is open for only a short period of time – from today (April 24th) to Thursday, June 6th.

The sponsors of this Challenge will donate up to an additional $25 thousand depending on the amount raised by Uweza (or other NGOs) during the short time available under the terms of this fund-raising competition.

Information, films, and photos focused on Uweza – a US tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Foundation registered in the State of Illinois – supports several “demand-responsive” programs assisting children and women in Kibera, a slum neighboring Nairobi, Kenya, is also available at either of those two websites.

Uweza has very low overheads and accomplishes an awful lot of good on an annual budget of only about $150 thousand a year. As a former World Bank staff person used to dealing in much larger sums, I cannot express how impressed I am by the due diligence, record keeping, and fundamental accomplishments of this small NGO.

In the interest of full-disclosure, I am one of only five (5) completely unpaid volunteer Uweza Board Members, the only male, and by far the oldest.

Best Wishes, Jerry


Kenya Election Results: Empowering Kenyan Girls is the Next Step for a Peaceful Kenya

April 10, 2013

As many of you know, I am on the Board of a US-based Non-Profit (the Uweza Aid Foundation) that assists women and children in Kibera, the largest “slum” — or preferably non-formal settlement — at the periphery of Naroibi, Kenya. With that in mind, I believe you will find this article  — …Empowering Kenyan Girls is the Next Step for a Peaceful Kenya both interesting and informative.

Written by fellow Uweza Board member Amy Augustin, the article focuses primarily on the need for, and results of, Uweza’s collaboration with No Means No Worldwide to provide a two-day self-defense and life skills training course to more than thirty girls at Uweza’s Kibera community center. This is an important program in the face of an epidemic of gender-based violence in non-formal settlements like Kibera throughout much of the world.

Clearly, Uweza’s work in Kibera is entirely consistent with the “demand-driven” approach advocated my blog International Development Should….


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