We are inviting cryptocurrency communities that are passionate about sustainability and social justice to help us expand our digital education program in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa.
We are a team of volunteers, innovators and local community members who are collaborating internationally to build environmentally and financially sustainable “town centers” in urban slums that provide opportunities for residents to realize their full potential and chart a path out of poverty.
Our active project is the Kibera Town Centre (KTC) in Nairobi, Kenya which opened its doors in 2014. KTC is located in the heart of Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa.
Worldwide, over a billion people live in slums. That number will double by 2030 (UN Habitat).
Life in slums is defined by lack of basic water, sanitation, and energy infrastructure. These conditions fuel rampant social and health problems and accelerate the vicious cycle of extreme poverty.
We are pioneering a new model for integrated service delivery, a single platform combining the services and supports needed to thrive.
The Kibera Town Centre provides the essential infrastructure and social services to empower people to break out of poverty.
SERVICES OFFERED AT KIBERA TOWN CENTRE
Kibera Town Centre is an integrated platform, providing the essential infrastructure and social services for people in informal settlements, such as
Eco-Shop (cookstoves, battery charging service, solar street lights and more)
Modern Toilets and Hot Showers
Healthy Food Cafeteria
Music Studio and Art Centre
Saving and Credit Coop
TRAINING ACADEMY & CYBER LAB IMPACT
students graduated from our training program to date
Since opening the doors of the Kibera Town Centre in 2014, we have provided education to over 3,572 individuals between the age of 18 and 35 years old, a large number of which are women, including young mothers. Some of the most popular classes include Basic Information Technology; Online Jobs Skills; Business and Entrepreneurship; and Cryptocurrency Classes.
Watch this video to learn about a cryptocurrency education project in collaboration with Corsali, Celo and WFP.
Video was created by Human Needs Project Nikon Film Students.
of our students immediately transition into online paid work
As employment opportunities are very limited in the slum with daily earnings averaging around $1, Kibera residents are hungry for opportunities to earn income. Our goal is to not only educate our community but also provide them with real work and income through microwork.
Microwork is a form of digital labour that breaks up big projects into hundreds of smaller tasks that can be completed on a mobile phone in minutes. Our Training Academy provides the skills needed to complete these tasks, after which the students transition into paid opportunities.
Watch this video to learn more about our community and the goals of the Training Academy from our Training Director Peter Muthaura. Video was created by Human Needs Project Nikon Film Students.
We are not your typical NGO.
Whereas many international NGOs operate with a charity mentality, we are operating in a solidarity mentality.
We believe that even the poorest can pay for a service, as long as the services are provided at market-appropriate rates.
We believe that paying for a service provides dignity: the recipient becomes a customer, thus they can question a service or product, complain about its quality, or give feedback about the appropriateness of its technology or system.
KTC Training Academy Annual Revenue
By using business principles in our model, we are turning people in the slums into entrepreneurs, while creating marketplaces and economic opportunities in the local economy that historically had no economic development.
Our goal is to make the Kibera Town Centre financially-independent by recovering the cost of operating the center with revenue generated from the sale of services. The Training Academy is one of our most profitable programs, bringing in 15-25% of total monthly revenue and recovering over 30% of department's operating costs monthly.
As a crypto-savvy organization, we understand the benefits of the blockchain technology. Being able to store value in a decentralized digital ledger can help distance marginalized groups and individuals from the economic confinement that often stems from the current global financial system, especially in countries that have weak or unpredictable currencies and unstable or corrupt government structures.
TURN OFF THE PLASTIC TAP
In February, 2022, in collaboration with artist Ben Von Wong and a cryptocurrency community the Degen Trash Pandas, our team built a nearly 30 ft tall art installation for the UNEA 5.2, a global environmental summit. The Giant Plastic Tap spewing plastics, greeted over 1500 delegates from 193 different countries coming together at UNEA 5.2 to discuss the first ever Plastic Treaty.
UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya
CLEANING AND SORTING THE PLASTICS
The plastics were cleaned, sanitized and strung together by local women, providing over 100 jobs to the Kibera community.
MANUFACTURING THE FOUNDATION
Built out of steel, the 30 ft tall foundation was designed to support the load of over 1 ton of plastics collected from the Kibera slum.
The structure was engineered by Bruce King Engineering, and assembled by the team of local builders lead by Human Needs Project Technical Director Byrones Khainga.
BUILDING THE INSTALLATION
The art installation was built by our Human Needs Project employees, with artistic direction from the artist Ben Von Wong who spent almost two weeks on the ground, working directly with the community.
FEBRUARY 28 — MARCH 3, 2022
The art piece was showcased at
the United Nations HQ in Nairobi during the UNEA 5.2, where a landmark resolution to End Plastic Pollution was adopted by the UN Environmental Assembly.
The resolution addresses the full lifecycle of plastic internationally, including its production, design and disposal.
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