Date: 15th October 2011
Venue: Busara Primary School – Nairobi, Kenya
Theme: “Connecting Communities to Possibilities”
Participating Organizations and Sponsors:
Google Africa, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, Hope World Wide Kenya, I Choose Life Africa, Unimind Media, Kenya Youth Empowerment and Employment Initiative, National Bank, Eagles Leadership Foundation, Jicho Four Productions and Nairobi Aviation College Students.
Planning: Meetings were conducted for over 3 months to strategize on the suggested activities for the day. All meetings took place at The Slumcode Centre – Huruma. This was a big achievement considering all the organizations brought on board.
Activities: A marathon, leadership workshop, exhibitions, performances, presentations by guest organizations, health checkups and children events.
Key Guests: Prof. Linda Ethangata, Director – KYEEI, Mr. Job Akuno – Technical Advisor NOPE, Mr. Abdul Sidi – ASRA and Safari Rally Guru, Mr. Nteere Director Unimind Media, Mr. Njuguna – District Youth Officer MOYAS, Cassie Bixler – Strategic Application Inc (USA) Codie Lidster – Trainer Morning Star Institute (USA) David Bernard- Stevens – President Leader Development Group, Ms. Sasha and Shiro of Google Kenya, amongst others.
Outcomes: Based on weather, the marathon failed to take off despite all plans including traffic and security being detailed. Other planned activities went as desired. The set up was complete with a wide array of services. Health teams were set for participants with materials on sexual reproductive health, family planning, behavior guides for youth, effective partner communication and referral points for guidance and counseling complete with a track for couple and first time testing on HIV. Funding opportunities and prerequisites were explained at the Youth Fund table while artists had a field day with Wasanii Kenya conducting on the spot interviews and the big stage was an attractive crowd puller. Music genres from bobo shanty, ragga, hip hop, spoken word poetry and dance troupes rocked the airwaves.
Media coverage from GBS was comprehensive.
A total number of 700 participants with over 34 Musicians and Dance Teams represented. 72 persons tested for HIV/AIDS and many youths signed their abstinence cards.
Looking forward to SLUMFEST SIX IN OCTOBER 2012.